Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan, the Dow Sustainability Fellows program includes a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels.

Project proposals for the Distinguished Awards competition must describe a compelling effort to solve a specific sustainability challenge. Winning proposals will:

  • Prominently feature interdisciplinary work, blending applied science, engineering, business, behavior, and policy considerations as appropriate.
  • Clearly articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., process, policy, program, service, technology, product, etc.).
  • Have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact.
  • Demonstrate a well-crafted premise with convincing data and/or analysis
  • Have scalable attributes and a strong chance for success.
  • Be achievable within the proposed budget and include a firm commitment to implement the project, if funded.

Awards are intended to foster collaborations across university units, therefore strong preference will be given to teams with diverse composition with representation across disciplines and academic levels. Ideally, each team would consist of:

  • at least one faculty advisor
  • 3-6 students representing at least three distinct disciplines
  • at least one U-M masters/professional degree student
  • at least one U-M doctoral student or postdoctoral scholar
  • at least one Dow Fellow from the masters/professional, doctoral, or postdoctoral level

Proposals are reviewed by an independent committee of U-M faculty and external practitioners from business, government, and civil society. It is envisioned that multiple project proposals in a calendar year will win Distinguished Awards. No single award will exceed $100,000 and the total of all awards granted in a given year cannot exceed $150,000. All award funds must be used for project implementation. Disbursement of funds will be staged and will be contingent upon satisfactory progress and achievement of pre-identified project milestones.

Project teams must be registered by May 1 of each calendar year, project proposals are due in mid-September and award winners are announced in November. Award winners are required to present their projects, including progress toward implementation, on the U-M campus in early April of the following year before a distinguished and diverse group of external sustainability practitioners.

For more information, see http://sustainability.umich.edu/distinguished-awards-interdisciplinary-sustainability.

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U-M, Ben-Gurion funding project accepting concept papers

As part of their newly signed collaborative agreement to jointly fund research proposals related to energy, the University of Michigan and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are cooperatively funding research related to energy security. The universities share expertise in energy-related science and technology; this program is intended to develop and foster joint research activities that increase personnel exchange and the pursuit of joint follow-on funding, as well as commercialization of joint research outcomes.

Successful collaborative teams will seek resources made available from both the US and Israeli industry, governments, and foundations to form durable international collaborations of researchers specializing with the aim of improving the energy security of humanity, worldwide.

Research should focus on one of the following target areas:

  • Photovoltaics and solar technology
  • Liquid fuels and engine combustion
  • Thermoelectricity, materials and devices

See http://energy.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/UM-BGU-RFP.pdf for more information.

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MDOT RFPs

See MDOT’s RFP for Statewide Older Driver Education at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/mdot_rfp_SS_REQ1144_posted_410871_7.pdf.

See MDOT’s RFP for Safe Mobility Planning Strategy at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/mdot_rfp_SS_REQ1144_QA1_411116_7.pdf.

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Notice of Funding Availability for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center

The Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary (OST), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) announces the opportunity for; 1) business centered community-based organizations; 2) transportation-related trade associations; 3) colleges and universities; 4) community colleges or; 5) chambers of commerce, registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501 C(6) or 501 C(3) tax exempt organizations, to compete for participation in OSDBU’s Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) program for the South Atlantic Region. OSDBU will enter into a Cooperative Agreement with an organizations to outreach to the small business community in the South Atlantic Region to provide financial and technical assistance, business training programs, such as, business assessment, management training, counseling, technical assistance, marketing and outreach, and the dissemination of information, to encourage and assist small businesses to become better prepared to compete for, obtain, and manage DOT funded transportation-related contracts and subcontracts at the federal, state and local levels.

For more information, see http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=217493.

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MDOT Requests for Proposals

Please see http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9625_32842—,00.html for MDOT’s current RFPs. Highlights include:

  • Michigan Urban Trunkline Intersections Safety Performance Function (SPFs) Development and Support, Requisition #1114
  • Evaluation and Standardization of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Techniques, Requisition #1112
  • Wireless Data Collection and retrieval of Bridge Inspection/Management Information, Requisition #1107
  • Feasibility of Developing a Statewide Transit Mobility Measurement Tool, Requisition  #1100
  • Performance Evaluation of Subgrade Stabilization with Recycled Materials, Requisition #1119
  • Evaluation of Michigan’s Engineering Improvements for Older Drivers, Requisition #1110
  • Synthesis of Methods for Developing Transit Vehicle Specifications, Requisition #1106
  • Methods to Assess the Use of New and Recycled Materials in Pavements, Requisition #1108
  • Michigan Urban Trunkline Segments Safety Performance Function (SPFs) Development and Support, Requisition #1115
  • Comparison of Alternative Pedestrian Crossing Treatments, Requisition #1111
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IDEA Program Announcement 2013: Funding Proposals Now Being Accepted

TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles.  The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals.

For more information, see http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/168304.aspx.

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