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

February 25, 2016

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE) is pleased to announce a call for proposals. The goal is to encourage research that will advance the world’s understanding of important problems in energy and the environment. The area of activity within energy and the environment is not constrained; proposals may focus on, for example, technology for energy production with low/no CO2 emissions, alternate technologies to decrease energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable land and water use, bioenergy, or issues related to energy and environment at the urban, watershed, continental, or global scales.

Several awards will be made at levels up to $150,000 each to be spent over a one- or two-year period.

Criteria for Selection:

Successful proposals should address some of the criteria below, but are not expected to address all of them:

  • Allow faculty and senior research staff to move into a new area of research or to pursue novel projects that are not ready for conventional funding sources;
  • Promote collaborations between two or more investigators from different academic disciplines, including but not limited to collaborations enabling work at intersections involving the social sciences or the humanities, and collaborations with GFDL or PPPL and;
  • Have the potential to leverage the award to attract larger extramural grants.

Faculty members who have received support in the past from ACEE are not excluded, as long as there are no progress/final reports outstanding. However, all aspects being equal, a currently funded PI would have a lower priority.

Proposal submissions should be limited to one as PI, with at most a second submission as Co-PI.

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

  • A project abstract or summary statement (not to exceed 200 words);
  • A description of the research element including how the proposed venture relates to the energy and environment theme and how advances realized by the research might contribute to possible solutions;
  • A narrative that describes the significance of the research in the context of competing research in relevant disciplines, research objectives, and milestones, and, where applicable, how the seed money will be leveraged to draw in larger sponsored research grants;
  • A 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, research assistants, and visiting collaborators.  A maximum cumulative (for all PIs and/or senior personnel) of one month summer salary per year is allowable.
  • A list of current and pending support for all PIs and/or senior personnel that clearly indicates how the proposed effort is distinct from earlier or ongoing funding to the investigators involved. Current and pending support lists do not count toward the four-page limit.

Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to

Funding for this call will be provided primarily by: the Andlinger Innovation Fund, which is made possible by the generosity and vision of Gerhard R. Andlinger  ’52 and enables faculty members to pursue research in new areas; encourages collaboration among Princeton scientists, engineers, and industry; and allows for the purchase of equipment; the Addy / ISN North American Low Carbon Emission Energy Self-Sufficiency Fund, which has been made possible by the generosity and vision of Lydia and William Addy ’82 P14 P18 and provides term funding for innovative research aimed at reducing carbon emissions and creating an energy self-sufficient North America. Other ACEE funds that may be accessed depending on the awarded research topics may include the de Carvahlo-Heineken Family Fund for Environmental Studies, the Renee and Mark F. Rockefeller ‘89 Fund for the Environment and the Parallax Fund for Energy and the Environment, among others. A total of $450,000 is available for this call.

The deadline for written proposals is Friday, April 1, 2016. A faculty committee with relevant expertise will review the proposals. Selected proposals could start as early as Summer 2016.