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Corporate and foundation partners are looking to support projects and programs at the U that are unique, exciting, and stand out from the crowd. The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help facilitate the relationship between you and potential partners. Our team can advise strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Contact Chris Ostrander, ext. 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below.  

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—Quantum Materials 
Deadline: March 22, 2019 

Grant Amount: up to $1,900,000 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces solicitation of pre-applications for Materials Synthesis Investigators of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS). Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials—solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons. Investigator awards are a cornerstone of EPiQS. They enable scientific breakthroughs by providing some of the field’s most creative scientists with substantial resources and freedom to pursue challenging and novel research directions of their own choosing. Twelve awards, ranging from $1.5M to $1.9M will be awarded, each with a five year performance window. Applications are due online by March 22, 2019. 

The major classes of materials of interest to EPiQS are: 

  • Strongly correlated systems (including high-Tc and other unconventional superconductors, Mott insulators, heavy fermion systems, multiferroics, correlated oxide heterostructures, etc.);
    • Frustrated magnets and other systems exhibiting exotic magnetic behavior;
    • Materials exhibiting topological order; 
    • Two-dimensional crystals and layered systems (including graphene, dichalcogenide monolayers, van der Waals heterostructures, etc.); 
    • Other low-dimensional systems including quantum wells and quantum wires with emergent electronic properties. 

Organic-based materials exhibiting emergent electronic properties are currently not part of EPiQS, but the foundation will consider compelling applications in this area as well. While emphasis in this grant portfolio is on various methods for crystal and film growth, the foundation will also consider compelling applications focusing on emerging methods for creating synthetic materials and structures, such as atomic monolayer stacking and nanofabrication. EPiQS is primarily concerned with advancing fundamental understanding of emergent properties of quantum materials; therefore, applicants focused on fdevices and other near-term practical applications of materials will likely not receive high priority. 

Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more. 

Sloan Foundation  

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has established a new, dedicated component within its Energy and Environment program focused on supporting energy and environmental science. The Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for innovative, collaborative academic research projects led by early- and mid-career scholars that use sensor technologies to monitor and analyze energy or environmental systems at a granular level in the United States. 

A small number of full proposals will be invited from submissions responding to this Call. Award amounts are expected to range from $1-1.5 million over a 3-year period.

Sloan Foundation - Sensor technologies to monitor energy or environmental systems
Deadline: April 1, 2019 

Opportunities for ongoing, cost-effective, and fine-grained monitoring of energy or environmental systems are being facilitated by a range of novel developments. These include widespread deployment of in situ or mobile sensors, improvements in remote sensing instrumentation, ability to integrate new data sources across scales, and the application of sophisticated data analysis techniques. Researchers are increasingly able to collect and integrate data from these multiple sources and across multiple scales to track and record environmental change in a variety of settings and measure the environmental impacts of energy systems. It is increasingly possible to use new sensor technologies to study defined localities—be they specific regions, cities, or ecosystem types—in great detail and across various temporal and spatial dimensions. These detailed measurements and analyses of environmental change, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions are critical to providing stakeholders in government, industry, and non-governmental organizations with information needed to make decisions related to climate adaptation and mitigation and to improve the management of energy or environmental systems. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more. 

Sloan Foundation – Net-zero and negative emissions technologies 
Deadline: April 1, 2019 

Given the need to substantially decarbonize multiple sectors throughout the economy and reduce the stock of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, scholars are increasingly interested in a host of new science and engineering questions associated with net- zero interventions and negative emissions technologies. While there is much debate over how to define these kinds of approaches, “net-zero energy systems” are generally considered to be those that do not add carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. “Negative emission technologies” are generally categorized as attempts to mitigate or adapt to climate change by reducing or removing greenhouse gases that already exist in the atmosphere. The intention of this Call is to be broad in scope, encompassing natural, ecological, biological, technological, or engineered approaches for the utilization, storage, or sequestration of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more. 

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