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University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research: Request for Proposals – UCFER-RFP06-2020

Title:                   University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Request for Proposals – UCFER-RFP06-2020

Slots:                                        5 of 6 slots left.

Note on submission process:      As per UCFER instructions, The Office of Research will provide each nominated candidate and their DCG rep with a username and password in order to submit the application to UCFER.)

Internal Deadline:     First come, first served.

LOI:                                          N/A

External Deadline:                     June 10, 2020

Award Information:                   Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: Total of 4-13.

Anticipated Amount: The total amount available for awards under this solicitation is anticipated to be approximately $3,771,827.

Estimated funding levels per research area are as follows:

Submission Process: Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)


Who May Serve as PI:                Only researchers employed by member universities of the UCFER are eligible to submit proposals under this solicitation. USC is a member university.

Purpose:                                   More efficient and cleaner utilization of fossil resources and effective ways to mitigate emissions of carbon dioxide are critically important for sustainable development. As a result, the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) was established at Penn State by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Technology Laboratory (NETL) through a nationwide open competition in 2015. The objectives of UCFER are to advance basic and applied energy research for more efficient and more environmentally-friendly production and utilization of coal, natural gas, and oil including carbon (CO2) management, and promote multidisciplinary collaboration among the member universities of the Coalition and DOE NETL. Its research will involve the following five core competency areas:

Budgetary Requirements:          Purchased services, consulting, or subcontracts to non-coalition members shall not be more than 2.5% of the UCFER requested funds. Subcontracts included in your proposal (third party agreements) to coalition members must not exceed 50% of the total requested UCFER funding. No foreign entities including universities may receive UCFER funding.

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