External Funding Opportunities

Visiting Faculty Fellowships

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Carnegie Mellon University

The Scott Institute (http://www.cmu.edu/energy/) seeks to support extended visits to Carnegie Mellon by persons engaged in activities relevant to energy. The visitor may be from any employment sector (e.g. government, industry, and academia) at any academic rank or staff level, from any discipline and can visit any department or school at Carnegie Mellon. An extended visit is expected to last for a period of one semester to a full year. The Institute will provide up to $50,000 in salary support and up to $10,000 to support research and other non-salary expenses. Expectations are that visitors would interact with a broad range of CMU faculty through research, education or other scholarly activities related to energy.

Prospective visitors can be nominated by colleagues at Carnegie Mellon at any time during the year, but nominations should be received 6 – 12 months prior to the intended start of the visit.

Nomination package:

  • A one page proposal including the visitor’s name, proposed duration of visit, CMU faculty or departments with whom the visitor would be most closely associated, and a brief description of expected activities.
  • Visitor’s CV
  • Nomination letter from a CMU faculty member.


Please submit the package to:

Program Manager
Carnegie Mellon University
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Scott Hall, 5th Floor
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

14th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving theoverall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use ofscientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life for its people, economic prosperity and protection of the planet — people, prosperity, and the planet – thethree pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal ofsustainability.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The purpose of this RFA is to solicit proposals for innovativeresearch projects and designs to compete for the first phase of the P3 Award Program. The first phase is a competition for grants to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. In the spring of 2017, the Phase I grantees awarded from this solicitation are required to present their projects/designs at the annual National Sustainable Design Expo where they will have an opportunity to be eligible to compete for Phase II grant awards. The Phase II grant awards are intended to support the further development and demonstration of thesustainability projects/designs created in Phase I. The competitors for 2015 P3 Phase II grants are limited to recipients of Phase I grant awards from this solicitation.

Applicants should address one or more of the research areas listed below intheir Phase I proposals. Note that each application must be submitted using a single Funding Opportunity Number (FON). Institutions are allowed to submit more than one application where each application represents a unique design concept and student team.

Energy: (Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2017-P3-Q1)

1. Green Energy

The green energy area of interest includes but is not limited to innovative strategies for conservation and efficiency as well as energy production and distribution, inherently benign energy through green chemistry, biomimicry, green engineering and development of alternative energy sources, and energy solutions that contribute to energy security and community disaster resilience.

Built Environment: (Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2017-P3-Q2)

1. Green Buildings

Green building practices maximize efficiency with which buildings and their sites use resources, energy, water, and materials, while minimizing building impacts on human health and the environment, throughout the complete building lifecycle from siting, design, and construction to operation, renovation, and reuse.

2. Smart Growth

Smart growth covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, resilient, socially equitable and diverse, and economically stronger.

Materials and Chemicals: (Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2017-P3-Q3)

1. Sustainable Materials

Research is needed to develop new materials and products with minimal environmental and public health impacts over their life cycles.

2. Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that prevent pollution by reducing or eliminating the use or generation of hazardous substances. Sustainable chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.

3. Preventing and reducing food waste

The EPA and the USDA are partnering through the U.S. Food Waste Challenge to address sustainable food management from farm to final disposition. Through this partnership, the EPA is working to reduce food waste, which is thelargest component (21 percent) of discarded municipal solid waste.

Water: (Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2017-P3-Q4)

1. Drinking Water

Considerations include cost, ease of use, and environmental impacts including resource and energy use. Areas of interest include but are not limited toresearch on small drinking water systems; and increasing disaster resilience by preventing pollutant release into drinking water sources during flood events.

2. Water Quality

Research areas of interest for ensuring long-term sustainability include theprevention and/or control of the man-made or man-induced alteration of thechemical, physical, biological, and radiological integrity of water, including freshwater and estuary aquatic ecosystems.

3. Wastewater and Water Reuse

Areas of interest include but are not limited to treatment technologies to capture energy/resources; and treatment technologies to enable a closed loop residential system.

Please visit the original grant page on the US EPA’s website for additional information or to apply.