External Funding Opportunities

Attention faculty: DOD funding available for demonstrations of environmental and installation energy and water technologies

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program(ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental and installation energy and water requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

In two separate solicitations, ESTCP is seeking proposals for demonstrations of innovative Environmentaland Installation Energy and Water technologies as candidates for funding beginning in FY 2017.  The solicitations request pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.  Pre-proposals are due April 5, 2016 by 2 p.m. ET.

Detailed instructions are on the ESTCP website under Funding Opportunities(link is external).

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Environmental Restoration
  • Munitions Response in Underwater Environments
  • Resource Conservation
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms
  • Energy Efficiency for Military Buildings
  • Improved Water Use for Military Industrial Operations

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Call for Proposals (CFP) for Federal Organizations Outside DoD are seeking pre-proposals for technologies in the following topic areas: 

  • In Situ Management of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments
  • Reduce Source Loading of Munitions Constituents
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments
  • Fugitive Dust Technologies, Methodologies, and Tools for Department of Defense Installations
  • Ecosystem Process Model Intercomparison
  • Energy Efficiency for Military Buildings
  • Improved Water Use for Military Industrial Operations

WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 19:   ESTCP Director Dr. Anne Andrews and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on February 19, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration(link is external) for this webinar is required.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the ESTCP Support Office at serdp-estcp@noblis.org(link sends e-mail) or by telephone at 571-372-6565.

Students: Submit A Proposal for Up To $5,000

Successful Student-led Proposals May Lead to $50,000 in Grant Funds

Students across the University of Michigan are invited to propose an action-oriented project beyond the campus focusing on wide-ranging sustainability issues such as energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. 

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world with safe drinking water, energy conservation, and transportation. 

Interdisciplinary teams, with students from at least three different schools/colleges at UM-Ann Arbor will be awarded up to $5,000 to pursue a collaborative project at the local, national, or global level. 

Successful teams will clearly articulate a new and innovative concept, and describe compelling and practical efforts for societal benefits and sustainability impact beyond the U-M campus.

2016 Proposal Requirements and Request 


  • Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition: 
  • May 26, 2016, 12:00 PM
  • NOTE: Proposals will be accepted until 15 viable proposals have been awarded

Submit Online

Contact: Anne Wallin apwallin@umich.edu / 734.763.6131

Learn More: Although these small “seed” grants provide up to $5,000, successful projects could lead up to $50,000 for full implementation. Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Competition Projects Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Dow Global Impact Series



The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/(link is external).   

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2016 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between November 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

The 2014 program solicitation and the 2015 Solicitation 1 have resulted in awards to a total of 112 graduate students from more than 50 different universities to conduct thesis research at 15 DOE national laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, atsc.scgsr@science.doe.gov(link sends e-mail).

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science


Recent Ph.D. Recipients Sought for Innovative Research in Solar Energy

Applications accepted through May 20, 2016

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is now accepting applications from recent Ph.D. graduates for postdoctoral research awards in solar energy. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Award Program supports emerging scientific leaders focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, this program will offer up to five recent Ph.D. recipients $65,000, along with the chance to conduct applied research to advance solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities.

Researchers from a broad array of disciplines are encouraged to apply, including social science and computer science experts, in addition to electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and material science researchers. Research topics include applying behavioral science insights to solar energy deployment, using big data to solve solar’s biggest challenges, and conducting innovative research in materials science, focused on photovoltaics (PV) or concentrating solar power.  Positions will be awarded to work on collaborative research of mutual interest to the applicant, the mentor and host facility, and the SunShot Initiative, which is sponsoring the awards.  The 2016 application period closes on May 20.

The research will contribute to the SunShot Initiative’s goal to drive down the cost of solar. Five years into the decade-long effort, the solar industry is 70% of the way to achieving SunShot’s cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale PV. To achieve the goal, key reductions must happen in the price of hardware, as well as the “soft” costs like permits, licenses, and so on. This represents an essential area for research and development, if the initiative’s goal is to be realized.

Read more here: http://energy.gov/eere/articles/recent-phd-recipients-sought-innovative-research-solar-energy