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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New DOE EPSCoR Funding Opportunity for Kansas

The Department of Energy Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) has issued a funding opportunity announcement for Implementation Grants for energy-related research.  The State of Kansas has the opportunity to submit one proposal to this program. Please see the solicitation below for details on how to submit.


The State of Kansas has an opportunity to submit a single proposal to the Department of Energy EPSCoR program.

The Department of Energy has just announced a new Implementation Grant opportunity under the DoE EPSCoR program. The State of Kansas has the opportunity to submit one [1] proposal to this program for energy-related research. Please see the program announcement: http://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2014/SC_FOA_0001087.pdf

Please see the following deadlines:
  1. Letters of intent to be the Kansas submission due to the interim DoE EPSCoR Director by March 10, 2014. The LOI must address all aspects necessary for the LOI requested by the Department of Energy, and should be sent to: Guikema@ksu.edu 

  2. The EPSCoR review team will evaluate the LOIs and select the proposal to go forward. The PIs will be notified as soon as possible following submission.

  3. A letter of intent is due from the successful PI to DoE by March 22, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

  4. A full proposal is due in Washington, with institutional commitments and signatures, at 11:59 a.m. Eastern time on April 15, 2014.

  5. A successful submission MUST specify both the application to the Kansas Strategic Technology Plan [KANSAS B.E.S.T. for Innovation -- http://www.nsfepscor.ku.edu/pdf/KansasBEST_DesignDraft_10-28-12_HR.pdf] and the DoE strategic priorities [see the web sites referenced in the RFP].

  6. Institutional registrations on Grants.gov and SAMS are REQUIRED, and these take about 45 days to accomplish. Work with your sponsored research office.

Best wishes –

James A. Guikema, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Kansas Department of Energy EPSCoR Program
Associate Vice President
Kansas State University

102 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

785 – 532 - 6195

Friday, February 14, 2014

KNE First Awardee Finds Success

Kansas NSF EPSCoR First Awardee, Wai-Lun Chan, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Kansas, scored big with his work in renewable energy research. Chan was granted a First Award for his project Coherent Transport and Localization Dynamics of Excitons in Molecular Aggregates in 2013. In less than one year he has received NSF's prestigious CAREER award for this work in improving the efficiency of next-generation solar cells.

For more information on Chan's award please visit http://news.ku.edu/renewable-energy-research-education-project-receives-nsf-grant.

To learn more about KNE's First Award Program and other recipients, please visit http://www.nsfepscor.ku.edu/first-awards-yr4.html.