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.

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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.

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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.

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Notice of Funding Availability DOT/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — Department of Transportation

The goal of the Safety Data Improvement Program grant funding is to provide financial and technical assistance to States to facilitate the collection of accurate, complete, and timely data on all large commercial truck and bus crashes that involve a fatality, injury, or a vehicle towed from the crash scene. The FMCSA uses data collected by States to update inventories and monitor compliance of motor carrier companies, measure the condition of vehicle fleets, track the driving records of licensed operators, and record crashes involving CMVs on public roadways. High-quality, timely data in each of these areas is crucial to the mission of improving the safety of CMVs.

For more information, see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249974.

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Engineering and Science Experts Needed to Assist Young People

There is a request from Lansing, Michigan for expert assistance in trials of young protestors who blocked reconstruction of a pipeline that caused a major oil spill. They want to use the necessity defense, their actions being required to protect the environment and their own future. Expertise needed: (1) engineers with knowledge about pipeline risk and reliability, (2) scientists with knowledge of climate change that could be caused by tar sands development.

For more information, see http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2014/20140114_LegalCaseMichigan.pdf.

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Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

Established through a six-year expendable gift from the Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan supports full-time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Michigan who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The program aspires to prepare future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide.

The diverse array of fellows brings together many relevant interests related to water, energy, health, consumption, green chemistry, transportation, built environment, climate change, biodiversity, human behavior, environmental law, and public policy, among others. The program comprises masters/professional degree, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellows, who engage with one another within and across cohorts, thrive on collaboration, learn to employ interdisciplinary thinking, experience diverse stakeholder perspectives, and implement projects with significant potential for impact on local-to-global scales.

For more information, see http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow.

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