As a premier research institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has experts from across its large, diverse campus willing to work together to solve the world’s grand water challenges. To do so means continuing the world-class research, education and outreach missions on campus.
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RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Water Scholars interested in convening a planning group or developing a proposal for the following may contact iSEE Director Evan DeLucia via email:
NEW: ARPA-E Funding Opportunities
Solid ion conductors for electrochemical energy technologies
Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have four areas of interest: 1. Chemically-stable alkaline conductors; 2. Lithium conductors that enable the use of lithium metal for batteries; 3. Highly selective conductors for flow batteries or other liquid reactant cells; and 4. Other ion conductors with high impact in energy applications that impact ARPA-E mission areas. To realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) solid state ionics, (ii) polymer chemistry, (iii) ceramic materials, (iv) polymer/inorganic composites, (v) mechanical properties of materials, especially at interfaces, (vi) functional glasses, (vii) morphological engineering of ion conduction channels, (viii) self-forming and self-healing mechanisms, (ix) low temperature, continuous processing of inorganic materials, (x) process engineering and scale up, etc. Workshop webpage. Program Director: Paul Albertus.
Plant root phenotyping for soil carbon sequestration
Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have four areas of interest: 1. Field and lab based plant and soil imaging technologies with sufficiently high resolution to determine desirable root traits; 2. Parameterized root growth models that predict system growth for ideotype design. These models should be compatible with advanced shoot/canopy models and ecosystem models; 3. Identification of causative loci for desirable root traits and modern breeding methods such as genomic selection for rapid cultivar development; and 4. High throughput field environmental sensors and imaging techniques that allow for selection of desirable below ground traits. To realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) sensor/imaging engineering (ii) functional modeling (iii) genomics (iv) plant physiology (v) soil science (vi) biogeochemistry (vii) plant breeding (viii) field phenotyping (ix) etc. Workshop webpage. Program Director: Joe Cornelius. Workshops have been held and FOA’s could be released sometime this year on the following:
Bridging renewable electricity with transportation fuels
Optical interconnects and data center efficiency
STUDENT FUNDING / INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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