UK receive $1.5M award,
The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky has received a $1.5M award from the US Department of Energy for "Training the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts".(Announcement)
PEIK Seminar Schedule,
Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky announces its Fall 2011 Seminar schedule.(Schedule)
DOE Energy Empowers newsletter, The nation's clean energy stories. (Visit site)
ERIK database now online
The Energy Researchers in Kentucky database is now online. Please take a few moments to visit the site and register. Contact Monica Mehanna for additional information. (ERIK database)
Renewable Energies Course. Study abroad in Pamplona, Spain, Summer 2011
University of Kentucky College of Engineering to partner with the Pamplona Learning Spanish Institute to present an education abroad opportunity this summer, a renewable energies course in Pamplona, Spain. (more details)
Kentucky, Argonne partner to help build domestic battery industry, The Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Louisville (U of L) are partnering with Argonne National Laboratory to establish a national Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. (Read full article)
EPSCoR: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was initiated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1979 as a unique infrastructure-building effort to encourage local action to develop long term improvements in a state's science and engineering (S&E) enterprise. It was created in response to Congressional concerns about geographical concentration of Federal funding of academic research and development (R&D).
Currently twenty-four states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have been identified as EPSCoR states. Through these federal-state partnerships, EPSCoR focuses on science, engineering and technology capabilities that promote national competitiveness. These partnerships help to balance the distribution of federal research dollars and use state or local control in the delivery of program goals.
The success of NSF EPSCoR in the 1980s led Congress to expand the NSF program in the 1990s and early 2000s and create EPSCoR-related programs in the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
All agencies have research competitiveness as a cornerstone upon which the states are to develop strategies leading to future national prominence. Each EPSCoR state designs and executes its own strategic plans by melding exemplary research, education and economic development initiatives into a statewide approach. EPSCoR is a catalyst of change that is widely reviewed as a model federal-state partnership.
Kentucky's EPSCoR program is a federal-state partnership aimed at improving science and engineering research, education and technology capabilities in the Commonwealth. Kentucky became an EPSCoR state in 1985 by receiving an award from the NSF. Since that time, other federal R&D agency EPSCoR programs such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded funds to Kentucky.