Big grants for little work

The Electricity Innovation Institute is accepting research grant proposals for those who wish to explore how nanotechnology might be applied to improve the electric power system.

The non-profit US-based Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I) is accepting research grant proposals for those who wish to explore how nanotechnology might be applied to improve the electric power system.

Individual grants up to $100,000 for a 12-month period will be awarded on a competitive basis, totalling up to $500,000 in 2004.

Proposals will be accepted from faculty members and research organisations affiliated with academic institutions. They should examine ways nanotechnology can be used to upgrade the current electric system beyond its present day capabilities.

Possible research areas include catalysts and membrane materials for fuel cells and photovoltaics, energy storage, CO2 sequestration, capture of air toxics, remediation of fossil and nuclear waste, development of novel sensors, and high current cables (superconductors or quantum conductors).

Proposals will be accepted until June 15, 2004.

Upon completion of all the various projects, E2I will hold a workshop and panel discussion at its headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.

For general information, contact Trish Stover, program administrator, at 202.293.6186.