Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR), chartered in 2006, supports innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration by funding competitive “seed grants” for energy sciences research. About Us describes the mission, goal, vision, center organization and administration, including the Director, Associate Director, Executive Council and the External Advisory Committee. Contact Us gives the office address plus contact information for the Center’s staff. Use the Whittier Research Center Map or UNL’s Campus Maps to locate the NCESR office in Suite 230 of the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.


Energy Center releases RFP for Cycle 10 energy research grants

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research released its Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking innovative energy sciences research and collaboration ideas from UNL faculty.  This is the tenth annual cycle in which UNL faculty can compete in this internal competition for energy research grants.  These grants are considered seed funding to help UNL faculty develop energy-related research capacity and improve their competitiveness for external funding.  Funding for this opportunity is made possible through an investment in energy sciences research by the Nebraska Public Power District. Click here for a copy of the NCESR Cycle 10 RFP.  The deadline to submit a pre-proposal is May 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., CDT.   Full proposals will be by invitation only.

If you have any questions concerning this RFP, please contact Ember Welsch, interim program manager (402-472-6743 or  ewelsch2@unl.edu) or Michael Nastasi (402-472-3852 or mnastasi2@unl.edu).  You may also leave a message with Lorraine Moon, Office Associate (402-472-6082 or lmoon1@unl.edu).

Summer Undergraduate Internships Selected for 2015

Four undergraduate students were selected as recipients of the Darrell J. Nelson Summer Undergraduate Internship in Energy Sciences Research for the summer of 2015.  The four recipients and their supervising faculty members are:   Connor Dennhardt sponsored by Professor Jing Zeng, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences;   Riley Giesler sponsored by Professor David Berkowitz, Department of Chemistry;   Mason Marcolina sponsored by Professor Wayne Riekhof, School of Biological Sciences; and Ethiyal Raj Wilson sponsored by Professor Peter Dowben, Department of Physics and Astronomy.    The internship is named after Mr. Darrell J. Nelson, who served 41 years on the Custer County Public Power District and Nebraska Public Power (NPPD) Boards.  In 2005, Mr. Nelson proposed a partnership between NPPD and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the purpose of engaging in energy sciences research.  The following year, the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) was created with NPPD’s support.  At the end of the paid internship, each student will prepare a summary report that describes their experience and prepare a poster to describe the accomplishments or results of their work experience in energy sciences research.

NCESR selects new research projects for Cycle 9

Seven new research projects were selected for funding by the Energy Center in its ninth annual grant competition.  The faculty selected for the awards were Professors Wei Qiao, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Edgar Cahoon, Department of Biochemistry; Chin Li “Barry” Cheung, Department of Chemistry; Galen Erickson, Animal Science Department; Jinsong Huang, Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Wayne Riekhof, School of Biological Sciences, and Jiantao Guo, Department of Chemistry.  To learn more, go to Energy Research Grants – Cycle 9.

NCESR announces undergraduate internship for the summer of 2015 – Applications due January 21, 2015

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) is taking applications for the summer undergraduate internship in energy sciences research. The Darrell J. Nelson Summer Undergraduate Internship in Energy Sciences Research is being offered for the second time in the amount up to $5,000 per recipient for the summer of 2015. The application deadline is January 21, 2015.  For additional information about the 2015 application requirements, click here:   NCESR Summer Undergraduate Internship – 2015 Information.   For a copy of the application form (Word document),  click here:   NCESR Summer Undergraduate Internship – 2015 Application Form.

Video showcases five energy research projects

The Nebraska Public Power District recently produced a video showcasing five energy research projects funded through the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.  The
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  professors leading these projects are Galen Erickson, Animal Science; Concetta DiRusso, Biochemistry;  Joe Luck, Biological Systems Engineering; James Specht, Agronomy and Horticulture;  and Alexander Sinitskii, Chemistry.  To view the video, go to Video Showcases Five Energy Research Projects  Click on Research Grant Awards to see more information about all research projects.

Energy Center grant leads to new materials that could help with carbon storage

With funding from the Energy Center, Xiao Cheng Zeng and his research team discovered a new material that could have significant implications from carbon storage to planetary science and solid lubrication.  Tom Simons, University Communications shares more about these developments in the UNL Today article, “New material could help with carbon storage”. Full Story

NCESR-funded seed grant leads to development in graphene research

With funding from the Energy Center, Alexander Sinitskii and his research team are developing answers to questions about harnessing the conductivity of graphene.  Tom Simons, University Communications shares more about these developments in the UNL Today article, “Team develops chemical solution for graphene challenges.”  Full Story