We are pleased to announce the 2016 call for proposals for Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) research grants. BERN invites faculty at target universities to apply for grants for research on transformative energy technology, for up to $150,000 per year for two years, beginning January, 2017.
The BERN grant program funds energy research at the following universities: University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. Only applications from these institutions will be considered. Please note that the Bosch Energy Research Network Grant Program is intended to sponsor faculty and students at universities. As such, no funding can be provided to staff at institutions other than universities (e.g., national laboratories). This restriction does not apply to any matching funds provided by a university. The grant duration is two years with a maximum amount per year of $150,000.
The grant program focuses on transformative energy technology including, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Energy conversion, e.g. fuel cells, e-fuels, novel automotive powertrains, advanced combustion concepts
- Energy storage for transportation and stationary applications, e.g., lithium ion, magnesium, solid state and flow batteries
- Energy usage efficiency, e.g., smartgrids, cooling systems
Grants are reviewed and managed by scientists and engineers at the Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC), North America. With a staff of approximately 250, RTC is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Cambridge, MA. The center covers a wide spectrum of research topics ranging from user interaction, software, advanced circuits and wireless systems, to energy technologies. In the energy field in particular, RTC has experts in battery materials and cells, combustion technologies, control systems, and other areas. Throughout its seventeen years of existence, RTC has fostered many collaborations with top U.S. universities, and its researchers are active members of the global scientific community grant program.