The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is teaming with Research and Strategic Partnerships at PSU to offer research stimulus grants of up to $5,000 designed to get sustainability-related research off the ground.
The 2013 Sustainability Research Stimulus Grants are designed to prime research teams for external funding, by supporting faculty or student time, covering the costs of preliminary data collection or otherwise funding the preparation necessary for teams to go after sizable research grants.
Preference will be given to projects that seek to further Portland State’s research expertise in the areas of urban sustainability, ecosystem services, and social determinants of health. The process also favors interdisciplinary research teams.
These grants are designed to encourage more sustainability research by easing the path toward outside funding.
Examples of successful grant-funded sustainability-related research include an interdisciplinary project on photovoltaic cells and green roof infrastructure, the recently announced Gaia computer cluster at Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science that will support climate and transportation research, and the green portable classroom project launched out of the School of Architecture.
Proposals are due by 8 a.m. on November 10 and awards made December 2, 2013 with funds available immediately.
A total of $50,000 has been set aside for the 2013 program. More information and application instructions are available here on the ISS website.