CONTEXT & GUIDELINES
IIES is pleased to announce its second request for proposals (RFP) to support collaborative, innovative research, education, and engagement projects that advance the understanding of and action at the interfaces of energy and society. This announcement also begins what will be an annual cycle in the Spring to seek out and fund innovative, interdisciplinary efforts that will advance the Institute’s mission and seed opportunities for additional funding, scholarship and pedagogy. To IIES, “society” includes all dimensions of the human enterprise: business, economic and technological; political, legal, and regulatory; cultural, artistic, and ethical; and behavioral, values, and imagination. We seek to foster and enable “engaged scholarship and pedagogy” to help society guide its use of energy sustainably and equitably.
The IIES Spring 2019 announcement encourages projects that initiate or advance novel or difficult-to-fund lines of inquiry; that incorporate technological and social dimensions of energy systems into both classroom and experiential education; that serve as pilot projects for future federal, state or foundation funding; and that deploy new community partnerships. We encourage creative ideas, new applications, and novel combinations of perspectives and methods. We encourage teams to bring fresh eyes to enduring questions and to rigorously test emerging hypotheses. We encourage advances in artistic expression, in policy formulation and implementation, in technological development, and in business practices.
Our theme “Investing in Our Energy Futures” seeks to highlight the complex nature and needs of socio-technical energy systems. To bring the benefits of the current energy (r)evolution to all sectors of society is truly a multidimensional, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional endeavor. For example, how can policy incent and support adoption of new opportunities? What cultural values are at play as we seek to expand sustainable, just access to energy services? What levers can be used to adjust cost/opportunity ratios for businesses and investors? How does society join a conversation about distributing risks across those best positioned to take them and those most vulnerable to their effects? There is a wealth of evidence that simple siloed approaches will yield results that are far short of the potential offered by an integrated approach that marries culture, technology, investment, finance, values and other critical factors. We encourage proposals that take risks, think big and challenge traditional ways of thinking and modes of inquiry.
Read the full IIES Spring 2019 RFP!