The Rutgers Offshore Wind Energy Collaborative members received funding to advance the field of offshore wind energy. Below is a listing of funding received as well as funding opportunities.
(Listed in reverse chronological order)
In 2023, Rutgers received $361,000 from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) to implement the “AIRU-WRF: AI-Powered Physics-Based Tool for Offshore Wind Forecasting and Grid Integration” project. The project is being led by Ahmed Aziz Ezzat, Travis Miles, and Scott Glenn. The project, in collaboration with Clarkson University and EPRI, will develop a tool to forecast the wind at offshore development areas and predict wind plant power output using a physics-based model and AI capabilities. The project industry advisory board includes key stakeholders in the offshore wind space.
In 2022, Rutgers received funding from the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) Wind Institute to implement the University Initiatives and the Wind Fellowship programs:
- Rutgers received $125,000 for the University Initiatives to Advance Offshore Wind program (Press Release)
- Rutgers received $282,000 for the Wind Institute Fellowship program
National Science Foundation – Dear Colleague Letter – Workshops to Identify Educational Requirements of the Future Ocean Technical Workforce (NSF 23-134). No deadline and no funding limit. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Aziz Ezzat at email@example.com.
Department of Energy – Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The U.S. Department of Energy opened new funding to small businesses for innovative clean energy technologies as part of its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. SBIR and STTR are competitive funding opportunities that encourage U.S.-based small businesses to engage in research and development to accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies. Funding is available for up to $200,000 each. Letters of intent are due February 2, 2024 at 5pm ET.
Department of Energy – Marine Energy University Foundational R&D. The opportunity will fund projects across four topic areas:
- Up to $5 million for projects that generate publicly available data and test platforms that will help identify cost reductions and performance improvement pathways for the advancement of marine energy devices.
- Up to $1.5 million for projects that advance potential synergies between offshore wind and/or marine energy and aquaculture development. (This topic area is a joint effort between WPTO and WETO.)
- Up to $2 million to support undergraduate senior design and/or research projects in marine energy.
- Up to $6 million to support projects in an open topic area where applicants can propose activities that address the needs of the marine energy industry not covered in other topic areas.
Up to 33 awards between $200,000 and $1,000,000 are anticipated under the Marine Energy University Foundational R&D funding opportunity. Applicants must submit a concept paper by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 20, 2024, to be eligible to submit a full application.
Department of Energy – SOLVE IT Prize. The SOlutions for Lasting, Viable Energy Infrastructure Technologies (SOLVE IT) Prize aims to help a growing number of communities identify and solve energy-related challenges in a way that works for them, while promoting wider, more equitable technology uptake. The $5,000,0000 competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, local government entities, economic development organizations, educational institutions, and other organizations with a history of successful participatory community-based initiatives. Of particular focus are disadvantaged and energy-burdened communities at the neighborhood, town, and city scale. Proposal submissions are due March 29, 2024.