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The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society seeks proposals for research and education on the energy challenges faced by society – and the societal challenges posed by energy. Beginning this fiscal year we are moving to an annual call for proposals and a targeted budget of $500,000. As in the past, we welcome diverse energy and society projects from all disciplines, but proposals that require and engage an interdisciplinary perspective and research team are especially encouraged and can garner up to $100,000 of support. Applicants are encouraged to consider the critical barriers that are hampering transitions to energy systems that are sustainable, resilient, and equitable and develop proposals that could overcome those barriers or shed new light on how they might be addressed. We encourage interdisciplinary teams of applicants to develop unique and innovative approaches that are hard to fund with more narrowly focused or restricted sources of grant monies.
We welcome proposals from all Dartmouth faculty, of any rank; Dartmouth staff and post-docs. Principal investigators (PIs) should indicate whether they are considering the inclusion of collaborators from outside Dartmouth in the pre-proposal (Note: we cannot fund outside collaborators). Post-doc proposals must include a letter of support from a faculty mentor. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary, multi-departmental team proposals. The total award pool is approximately $500,000. Anticipated award levels are:
The Irving Institute is pleased to announce its third 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 year we are moving to an annual cycle and have increased funding levels for interdisciplinary team projects to $100,000. We are especially keen for innovative, interdisciplinary efforts that will advance the Institute's mission and seed opportunities for additional funding, scholarship and pedagogy. To the Institute, "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.
The Irving Institute FY 2020 announcement encourages projects that initiate or advance novel or difficult-to-fund interdisciplinary 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.
To bring the benefits of the current energy transition 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 across different contexts? What cultural values are at play and how can they be meaningfully integrated 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 can more groups in society meaningfully join a conversation about distributing benefits and risks equitably 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 across disciplinary boundaries.
Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals on January 31, 2020. Applicants who are not asked to submit a full proposal are encouraged to schedule a meeting to discuss possible approaches to strengthen or redirect their concept.
Full proposals should expand on pre-proposals and respond to feedback from pre-proposal review to make a strong, succinct case for funding. In addition to expanding on the structure of the pre-proposal the full proposal should highlight:
Full proposal packages should consist of, in order:
An expert review committee comprised of faculty from Dartmouth and peer institutions will review all full proposals. While proposals are not required to meet all criteria, selection criteria will include:
Projects are expected to conclude on scope, on time and on budget. No-cost extensions may be requested in writing prior to the projected end date.
Use of Funds
Examples of how funding may be used include: seed new research projects or add new components to existing projects; support travel and supplies; hire student research assistants; pay for student employees; develop new educational programs or classes; develop or purchase specific teaching aid(s) or material(s). Funds cannot be used to pay salaries of non-Dartmouth employees.
PI has sole responsibility for all expenditures. The Institute will provide regular summary reports and transaction-level details to PIs. Overages will be the sole responsibility of the PI and not the Irving Institute; any unused funds will revert to the Institute unless a no-cost extension has been granted.
Project Completion and Reporting