Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

November 7, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Student Sustainability Scholarship Grants Available
Do you know a student who is passionate about sustainable energy, recycling, green buildings, alternative transportation, water conservation, solving climate change or sustainable food and could benefit from a Sustainability Scholarship? The Office of Energy and Environment is accepting applications for student sustainability scholarships, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 19. Click here for additional information, including the funding application and profiles of past scholarship recipients. The scholarships are valued at $1,000 per award and will be applied to 2018 Spring Semester tuition and fee expenses.

2017 Joint Seed Grant Research Showcase
Learn about the exciting research supported by the Discovery Theme Initiatives Joint Seed Grant Programs (Sustainable and Resilient Economy, Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation and Foods for Health), and become engaged in this ground-breaking opportunity to solve challenges through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. The showcase will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Campus Reading Room, 1120 Thompson Library (11th floor), with a networking reception to follow.

Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme Offers Seed Grants

The SRE Discovery Themes program invites proposals for the 2018 SRE Seed Grant program, with letters of intent due Dec. 8. SRE seeks to address challenges of sustainable development by generating new knowledge and guiding solutions that enhance efficiency, reduce adverse
environmental and social impacts and protect ecosystems. To expand Ohio State University’s research capacity in this domain, SRE has awarded more than $600,000 in seed grant funding to 22 interdisciplinary teams with a similar total in matching cost-share allowances to date. Read the full RFP.

Cleantech UP (University Prize)
Cleantech UP, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a premier opportunity for university students to tap into entrepreneurial ambition. Students are asked to submit a business plan for their clean energy idea or business, 6-10 finalists will be chosen for a live pitch showcase, and one team will win a $50,000 grant to further develop their venture. The application deadline is Nov. 30.

2018 Materials Research Seed Grant Program

The Request for Proposals for the 2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is now available online. Three funding tiers offer a wide range of seed grant opportunities to Ohio State materials researchers, from single investigator experimental research to larger interdisciplinary groups. Letters of intent are due Dec. 4.

Ohio State Sustainability Fund Supports Campus Projects
Funding is available to faculty and staff members for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects eligible for Sustainability Fund awards must contribute to sustainability, provide campus impact, and not be covered by an existing university operating budget. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability webpage, under “Involvement.”

BETHA 2018 Call for Proposals

Proposals for the 2018 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grants competition can be submitted by full-time assistant, associate and full professors. The BETHA Endowment seeks outstanding projects that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Deadline is Nov. 21. For details, contact

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Ohio State Mansfield builds micro-farm

OSU professor envisions campus farm becoming a sustainable local food supply

Farm and Dairy

October 27, 2017

Featured expert: Kent “Kip” Curtis, environmental history

CABLE is coming to San Francisco – and why that’s a must-read, must-know for the bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest

September 24, 2017

Featured expert: Dennis Hall, director, OBIC (Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center)

Upcoming Events

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Film Screening, Nov. 9
Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government is hosting a screening of the film "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in CBEC 130.

Environmental Film Series “Sonic Sea," Nov. 13
The School of Environment and Natural Resources and Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Environmental Film Series, featuring "Sonic Sea" on Nov. 13, with lively discussions led by leading Ohio State and local experts.

The Car, Technology and the Future, Nov. 16
A panel discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evolution of the auto industry and the transformation of our expectations of the automobile as the central mode of transportation. The panel will be hosted by Jennifer Eaglin, Department of History, and includes Bryan Choi of Moritz College of Law, Nabil Raad of Ford Motor Company and Giorgio Rizzioni of Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research. RSVP by Nov. 10.

CHPPE Annual Review, Nov. 19-20
The center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) will have its 2017 Annual Review event this coming November at Ohio State.

Environmental Film Series “From the Ashes," Nov. 20
The School of Environment and Natural Resources and Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Environmental Film Series, featuring "From the Ashes" on Nov. 20, followed by lively discussion led by leading Ohio State and local experts.