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Andlinger Center announces a call for proposals in innovative research in energy and the environment

November 15, 2019

UPDATED on April 2, 2020 – In response to extensive research and teaching disruptions posed by COVID-19, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is extending the deadline for proposal submission to its Innovative Research in Energy and the Environment grant program to Monday June 1st, 2020 at 12:00 pm.  Funding is available for one- or two-year periods with an individual grant ceiling of $300,000.  We aim to support multi-investigator research projects that have the potential to inspire future center grant proposals focused on one or more of our core research areas: built environment, transportation, and infrastructure; electricity production, transmission, and storage; fuels and chemicals; environmental sensing and remediation; and decision, behavioral science, policy, and economics.  Further details can be found below, in the link to the original call for proposals.  Questions about proposal preparation and requirements may be directed to Charlie Sharpless (, assistant director for research at the Andlinger Center.

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is pleased to announce a call for proposals to encourage research that will develop solutions for our energy and environmental future.

The deadline for written proposals is Monday, June 1, 2020, 12:00 p.m. Selected proposals can start as early as Summer 2020. Principal investigators must be Princeton University faculty or research scholars.

This call is being issued several months in advance of the deadline to allow time for team assembly and thoughtful proposal development. Specific research proposal inquiries may be directed to Charlie Sharpless (, assistant director for research at the Andlinger Center.

Goal of this solicitation

The Andlinger Center would like to support the development of interdisciplinary projects that can lead to compelling research center grant proposals across its research areas of

  • built environment, transportation + infrastructure;
  • electricity production, transmission + storage;
  • fuels + chemicals;
  • environmental sensing + remediation; and
  • decision + behavioral science, policy + economics.

Preparation and submission of center grant proposals

The Andlinger Center invites multi-investigator proposals for research that can serve as seeds for future research center grant proposals. Each proposal should describe a set of unified inter-disciplinary research projects to be pursued by distinct teams of researchers, which fall under a shared theme for a future center grant proposal. The synergy between the different projects – how they are related, why they are more significant together than the sum of their individual parts, and how they converge into a strong center grant proposal – must be clearly articulated. The Andlinger Center hopes to fund up to two compelling submissions this year, up to $300,000 each, to be spent over a one- or two-year period. All applicants must be up-to-date with report submissions for prior Andlinger Center funding before submitting new proposals in response to this call.

Criteria for selection:

Successful proposals should answer the following questions:

  • What is the theme of the anticipated center grant proposal?
  • What larger problem within the research areas stated above is being addressed in the proposal?
  • How would the unified interdisciplinary projects serve as seeds for a successful center grant proposal?
  • To which funding agency and relevant center grant call do you anticipate submitting a future proposal?

Proposal Requirements and Submission

Proposals should be submitted to, be no more than ten pages in length, and include the following:

  • A project abstract or summary statement (not to exceed 200 words)
  • Research Project description:
    • A description of the proposed research projects and overarching theme, research objectives, and milestones
    • A description outlining how seeding these projects will enable a strong and credible center grant proposal
    • A description of the envisioned future research center, including how it relates to development of solutions for our energy and environmental future
  • Project budget and justification:
    • Project budgets may include but are not limited to expenses related to research materials and supplies; travel; and support of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants.
    • Outside collaborators are welcomed on these projects, but funding will be limited to support activities and students and/or postdocs on the Princeton University campus.
    • Budget can include expenses related to collaborative activities (retreats, workshops, etc.) that foster interaction and brainstorming across disciplines.
    • Limited salary support: Faculty salaries will not be supported. Research scholar salaries will be limited to one month maximum, except in exceptional circumstances.
    • Overhead charges do not apply.
  • List and NSF style biosketchs of principal investigators (PIs) and/or senior personnel
  • List of current and pending support for all principal investigators and/or senior personnel that clearly indicates how the proposed effort is distinct from earlier or ongoing funding to the investigators involved. List of team members, current and pending support, and references cited do not count toward the page limit.

Additional requirements for selected projects:

  • Reports: Funded investigators must provide an annual report at the end of year one and a summary report at the conclusion of the funding term. If a no-cost extension is requested, it should be accompanied by a progress report. Details to be included in these reports will be communicated in a separate memorandum at a later time.
  • Research meetings: In order to facilitate broadening of the scope of the project to a level that will eventually be suitable for a center grant proposal, the PI must hold research meetings at the Andlinger Center at least once every semester, inviting participation of a broader group of Andlinger Center associated faculty, industry, and other partners, as appropriate. When the team is ready to respond to a specifical external call, the Andlinger Center staff can provide support establishing frameworks for educational, outreach, and project management components of the anticipated center grant proposal. Along these lines, the team should keep the associate and assistant directors for research abreast of its progress.
  • Participation in Andlinger Center annual meeting: The PI and relevant team members are expected to participate in a research presentation or panel session on the funded work at the upcoming Andlinger Center annual meeting, normally held in November.
  • Workshop: The PI and relevant team members may conduct a workshop at the end of the project to present findings and engage a broader group of faculty. This is intended to initiate planning for a future center grant proposal, building upon the work performed throughout this project. Andlinger Center staff will assist with the workshop logistics.

General questions about this call for proposals should be directed to

This call is not intended to support writing a center grant proposal. Researchers interested in writing center grant proposals should talk to the associate director for research. Similarly, preparation of the non-technical aspects of the grant proposal, such as education and outreach, will be supported through a different mechanism, but not through this call.