Energy Boost Seed Grants

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This competitive, peer-reviewed program provides initial support for new, long-term programs of collaborative interdisciplinary research that is energy related and that will have strong potential to attract external funding. Proposals should involve multiple colleges, centers, and/or SIU campuses. Proposals must include at least one junior (pre-tenure) and one senior (tenured) faculty investigator, should represent new initiatives, and must target external funding opportunities that existing programs cannot access. Proposals for this program are reviewed by one or more ad hoc advisory committees selected by the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center. External reviews may be solicited. Awardees must submit a proposal related to their interdisciplinary seed grant topic to an external funding source no more than twelve months after the award period begins. This program is funded by ACERC's Energy Boost.

FY 18 Grants

(Subject to Change)

Opens: September 30, 2016
Submissions Due:
January 31, 2017
Winners Announced: SIU Energy Day, April 2017
Start Date:
July 1, 2017
Up to 12 Months
Grant Amount:
Up to $50,000

Possible topics include, but are not exclusive to the following:

  • Coal & Biomass Utilization
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilization
  • Hybrid Coal/Renewable Systems

Project proposals should include some aspect of fossil fuel research, such as improving system efficiency or decreasing emissions, etc.


Download PDF Application Packet.

Dowloand Budget Form.


Download Purchase Pre-Approval Request Form.

FY 17 Winners

See below for information about FY 18 grants. Winners of the grants announced at SIU Energy Day for FY 17 were:

Vibration Energy Harvesting Devices for Simultaneously Powering Multiple Electrical Loads
Dr. Christopher Cooley, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes – PI
Dr. Tan Chai, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes - CoPI
Dr. Tsuchin Chu, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes - CoPI

Hybrid Porous Materials relevant for Selective Capture and Catalytic and Electrocatalytic Conversion of greenhouse Gases to Chemical Fuels
Dr. Pravas Deria, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry – PI
Dr. Qingfeng Ge, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry – CoPI

Exploring Electrochemically assisted Methane Production from Coal by Microbial Electrolysis Cell Systems
Dr. Mohtashim Shamsi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry – PI
Dr. Yanna Liang, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Co-PI