IEE Research Seed Funding Program

IEE Research Seed Funding Program

UC Santa Barbara's Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to improving energy efficiency across three key “IEE 2.0” themes:

  • Smart Societal Infrastructure encompassing the Smart Grid and everything that attaches to it like cities, buildings, homes, vehicles and lighting, and everything that makes the Smart Grid work like control systems, a hierarchy of energy storage solutions, and market mechanisms.
  • Computing and Communications (C&C) including “Green and carbon neutral AI” for both training and inference, Carbon-neutral C&C from the cloud through the edge, and Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) methods and improvement for IoT and across the computing landscape.
  • The Food-Energy-Water Nexus focusing on achieving energy-water resilience such as “Quadrupling the crop per drop”.

UCSB faculty focusing on areas like electronics and materials, computer science including AI/machine learning, policy and assessment, and in emerging fields like Quantum science will support and drive the interdisciplinary themes of the Institute.

Applications are due August 1, 2019. These awards can support direct costs of up to $50,000 over a period of 12 months. Multiple grants will be awarded. The anticipated award start date for this first round is October 1, 2019.
 
Eligibility
Ladder faculty members of all ranks are eligible to submit proposals provided the research focuses on an energy efficiency related topic. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.
 
Application Process
Prior to submitting an IEE Research Seed Grant, researchers are welcome to obtain feedback on the project idea from Mark Abel (Markabel@iee.ucsb.edu) or John Bowers (Bowers@iee.ucsb.edu). Applications should be submitted online prior to the deadline and include the following components:

  1. A Three-Page Project Summary, including goals, impacts and timeline
  2. One-Page Budget (please contact Katherine@iee.ucsb.edu for assistance)
  3. Two-Page CV for the Lead PI and any Co-PIs. 

Budget
The maximum allowable request for funding is $50,000.
 
Allowable expenses

  • Research assistance: UCSB graduate or undergraduate students; postdocs
  • Research expenses, supplies, & services
  • Travel: for the purpose of research, collaboration, or meeting with program directors at potential funding agencies
  • Publication costs 

Review Criteria
We particularly encourage the submission of project proposals within our themes where IEE seed funding would make a big difference, i.e., potentially allow the recipient(s) to try something novel and innovative that might be in the early stages of development. We are also looking for projects that could lead to extramural funding.
 
Reporting Requirements
A final report that summarizes the results of the project and how the Seed Funding moved this project forward. Reports due 30 days after the award end date.