New England University Collaboration on Renewable and Sustainable Energy (NEUCORSE)
UConn’s NEUCORSE initiative is designed to catalyze collaboration among universities in New England to address our nation’s urgent need for renewable and sustainable energy. Building on UConn’s existing strengths in clean energy engineering, this program seeks to support the development of cross-institutional teams with the expertise and capacity to successfully tackle the most challenging scientific and technical problems in this area. NEUCORSE awards should be thought of as planning grants that will provide seed funding and support team development activities to prepare teams for larger-scale activities in the future. We welcome proposals focusing on any topic that is relevant to the larger goal of developing renewable and sustainable energy solutions and that can be best addressed through sustained, interdisciplinary efforts within New England. It is expected that proposed teams be diverse, including investigators from underrepresented groups and a mixture of early-career and more senior investigators. It is also expected that the planning activities proposed include activities that prepare for future work that will have significant broader impacts, including workforce development.
- Program opens 9/27/21.
- Notification of Intent to Submit (NOI) due 10/8/21 through the Quest Portal. The NOI will give the OVPR a sense of how many teams are interested. If a sizable number of NOIs are received, the OVPR may request a brief pre-proposal as part of an initial screening process.
- Pre-proposal deadline 10/15/21, if required. Responses will be given by 10/22/21.
- Full proposal deadline 11/12/21, by invitation only. Invitations will be provided either after the NOI stage or the pre-proposal stage.
- 3-4 awards of $75K-$100K will be made. One year award periods are expected (generally 1/1/22-12/31/22), though alternate timelines can be proposed.
- Teams must, at minimum, consist of a UConn/UConn Health PI and an academic partner from a New England institution. Other academic or industry partners are also welcome.
- It is the expectation that this funding mechanism will help develop bridges between institutions that have active groups working in areas of interest and to build on existing collaborations. Applications from teams that do not have some level of previous collaboration are encouraged to consider other OVPR Internal Funding Programs.
- Funds can be used to support research activities at UConn/UConn Health and team development activities for the full team. Salary for external partner faculty and funding for research activities at other institutions must be supported by those institutions.
- Review of full proposals will be carried out by a team of experts in the area of renewable and sustainable energy.
- NEUCORSE-funded teams should be preparing to submit to significant external funding targets. Some of the funding opportunities of greatest interest are the NSF ERC, the DOE EFRC, and potential opportunities for regional collaboration that may come as part of the reconfiguration of the NSF. Other large-scale funding targets in this area can also be considered. Applicants are expected to address their external funding strategy as part of their applications.
The NEUCORSE Program is available to UConn / UConn Health faculty members, within the following parameters:
- UConn Primary Appointment: PIs must be full-time faculty whose primary appointment is at UConn/UConn Health. Investigators with primary appointments to CCMC, Jackson Labs, TIP companies, or other institutions are not eligible to lead projects, but they may be named as Co-PIs, collaborators, or consultants on an eligible PI’s project. Proposals that include external Co-PIs should be careful to describe how responsibility for the project will be divided between institutions, and they must describe how costs related to the participation of external partners will be covered.
- Effort and Salary: Although no minimum effort level is required for NEUCORSE projects, a UConn/UConn Health PI/Co-PI must have departmental research time available during the award period or address in the application how they will handle the time commitment required by the project. PIs/Co-PIs must each make significant and distinct intellectual contributions to the design and direction of the project. Generally speaking, awards are only available to UConn/UConn Health tenure-track and clinical faculty and in-Residence faculty at the Storrs/Regional campuses. UCH in-residence faculty and research faculty are not eligible to apply as PI but can be named as Co-PIs, collaborators, or consultants on an eligible PI’s project.
- Application Limits: Eligible faculty may submit multiple proposals, so long as each are scientifically distinct. Investigators may also serve as collaborator on multiple projects.