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Partnerships for Innovation in Energy: New Funding Round Announced

The Energy Institute’s Partnerships for Innovation in Energy Program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a University of Michigan Energy Research Fellowship. This fellowship provides a research team with a postdoctoral position. Successful proposals will combine innovative research plans with concrete timelines for establishing independent funding. Proposals are due on March 31, 2014.

For more information, see http://energy.umich.edu/news-events/news/2014/02/13/partnerships-innovation-energy-new-funding-round-announced.


College for Collaborative Mobility – a two day workshop for students

College for Collaborative Mobility – a two day workshop for students

Deadline for submission is the 24.02.2014

On the 5th and 6th May 2014 the Swiss Mobility Academy organises for the first time the College for Collaborative Mobility „cocomo“ – a two day workshop for students in Bern, sponsored by the Swiss Post. Fifteen students will develop their ideas related to the topic of collaborative mobility and come together with important decision-makers of the Swiss mobility world. The aim of the workshop is to develop „Basic points for a collaborative urban traffic system using the example of Bern” in groups and under the guidance of economy, science and policy experts. There will be the following groups (i.e. thematic focal points): Group A: ‘technological and building infrastructures’, Group B: ‘user demand and public relations’, Group C: ‘service providers and business models’. The results of this group work will be presented at the 2. World Collaborative Mobility Congress on 7th and 8th May 2014 (the two days following the “cocomo”).

Ultimately,  “cocomo” wants to support future mobility experts in the practical development of sustainable mobility concepts and to give students the chance to profit from the know-how of experts while the experts in return receive an important insight in the students’ way of thinking about transportation and related topics.

For more information, see http://www.wocomoco.ch/en/kongress/Kongress-2014/cocomo/index.php.


‘Vending machine’ rents electric cars hourly


Autonomous cars hot topic at Detroit auto show: State, U of M partner to study self-driving vehicles

Author: Khalil AlHajal

The topic of autonomous vehicle technology came up during nearly every concept car unveiling, panel discussions and media scrum this week at the North American International Auto Show.

The developing field got a boost last month when the state legislature passed a law last month authorizing the testing of self-driving cars.

And the state on Tuesday announced partnering with the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center to kick exploration of intelligent transportation into another gear.

“The philosophy we need to get across to people is about intelligent transportation systems, about how we create that infrastructure, not just for today, but for decades to come that will be largely based right here in Michigan, right the heart of all that,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

Read the full story at http://www.mlive.com/naias/index.ssf/2014/01/autonomous_cars_hot_topic_at_d.html


Low Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice

This new project, led from Lancaster University, is an international collaboration between researchers in the UK and at leading institutions in China to investigate different models of innovation and their role in low carbon transitions. Running from late 2013 to 2016, the project will compare government-led, high-tech ‘indigenous innovation’ approaches with emergent, lower-tech approaches in the areas of agriculture, energy and mobility.

The project’s aim is explore the extent, nature and social implications of low-carbon transitions in China, a key concern for the whole world. There is a burgeoning literature on low-carbon innovation in China, including from thinktanks, global governance institutions and INGOs. But these reports tend to downplay the social nature of technical change, and thus questions of political change and power. They also thus restate conventional policy recommendations that remain ignored or are proving impossible to implement. Low carbon transition fails to emerge even as socioeconomic change continues at spectacular pace.

Research for this project aims to fill this gap in knowledge by offering in-depth academic analysis of several key areas of low-carbon innovation that acknowledges these key issues. It seeks to inform policymakers and stakeholders on opportunities for prospective low-carbon transitions, and optimising their global impact, as well as advancing knowledge of contemporary low-carbon innovation in China beyond.

There will be a clear project focus on impact, communications and engagement, strengthened through collaboration with the STEPS Centre ICE Unit, the Work Foundation and ChinaDialogue.net. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is an affiliate project of the STEPS Centre.

For more information, see http://steps-centre.org/project/low-carbon-china.


Every Day Counts Initiative; Request for Information DOT Federal Highway Administration — Department of Transportation

This is not a solicitation for proposals, applications, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this RFI notice is to conduct market research to identify proven innovations. This RFI must not be construed as a commitment by the Government to make an award, nor does the Government intend to directly or indirectly pay for any information or responses submitted as a result of this RFI. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this RFI may be used by the Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Respondents should not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

For more information, see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249979.