The Energy, Policy, and Innovation Center will work throughout its inaugural year to develop a robust, effective and transparent process for the selection of project areas as well as for the solicitation, evaluation, and funding of project proposals. Procedures for the review of work products has been established. As these formal processes continue to be refined, adopted and become operational, EPICenter will also implement three “pilot” projects on industrial data, energy storage, and "Energy 101" educational modules.
Pilot Work Product Selection
Initial studies and work products will be:
- Of a modest technical scope such that final reports can be completed within 6-8 months;
- Expected to take into consideration some degree of interdisciplinary analysis, ideally including at least two of the following inputs: technological, economic, environmental and regulatory data;
- Focused on analyses that can provide fundamental insight on existing approaches and barriers to advancing clean, reliable, and low-cost energy supplies for the region;
- Defined based on suggestions from the faculty, external advisors, and other considerations from the Center leadership;
- Selected by Center management;
- Supported by seed funds from the Center;
- Managed and implemented by Center with ad hoc support from faculty, students and researchers contracted for the prescribed activity;
- Internally peer-reviewed; and
- Published and disseminated as representative work products within the first year of operation.