Energy Boost Seed Grants

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Overview

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 19 Grants

(Subject to Change)

Opens: September 29, 2017
Submissions Due:
January 31, 2018
Winners Announced: SIU Energy Day, April 2018
Start Date:
July 1, 2018
Duration:
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.

Application - FY18

Download PDF Application Packet.

Dowloand Budget Form.

Administration

Download Purchase Pre-Approval Request Form.

FY 18 Winners

Social Media Footprints of Public Perception on Energy Issues and Their Policy Implications
Dr. Ruopo Li, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Resources - PI
Dr. Justin Schoof, Professor, Geography and Environmental Resources - CoPI

Investigations of Atomic Layers of MoS2 and Doped MoS2 for Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
Dr. Dipanjan Mazumdar, Assistant Professor, Physics - PI
Dr. Thushari Jayasekera, Assistant Professor, Physics - CoPI
Dr. Saikat Talapatra, Professor, Physics - CoPI

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
View Cooley's Energy Day 2017 Videos and Slides

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
View Shamsi's Energy Day 2017 Videos and Slides