Researchers Fired Up over New Battery

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Just about everything that runs on batteries — flashlights, cell phones, electric cars, missile-guidance systems — would be improved with a better energy supply. But traditional batteries haven’t progressed far beyond the basic design developed by Alessandro Volta in the 19th century. Until now, say researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Million Solar Roofs Bill Passed Unanimously by Senate Committee

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Congressional Bill to Provide Schools with Renewable Energy Funds

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Utah Congressman Jim Matheson is introducing the Renewable Schools Energy Act of 2006, which calls for up to $60 million in zero-interest bonds to be distributed to public school districts for the purchase of renewable energy products. The measure is limited, however, to schools in the Congressman’s home state and five nearby states.

Pollution Prevention and Cleaner Production Networking

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Applications due September 8, 2006.

This document is to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) through an open competition for EPA funds. The anticipated total award for the two-year period of performance is $85,000. The purpose of the grant is to develop a networking forum on pollution prevention and cleaner production that addresses the needs of Middle East and North African countries. EPA has agreed to provide technical assistance in support of negotiations and implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and of Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) between the United States and countries of the Middle East and North African region.

The awarding instrument will be a cooperative agreement. There is no cost share or matching requirement for these funds. EPA reserves the right to reject all applicants and make no award from this competition.

Active Nanostructures and Nanosystems

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Full proposals due by November 15, 2006.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a program on collaborative research and education in the area of active nanostructures, nanosystems, and on the long-term societal change associated with these innovations. Active nanostructures change or evolve their structure, property, or function during their operation. The goal of this program is to support fundamental research and catalyze synergistic science and engineering research and education in several emerging areas of nanoscale science and engineering, including:

  • Active nanostructures;
  • Nanosystems with improved functionality and new architectures;
  • Hierarchical nanomanufacturing; and
  • Long-term societal and educational implications of scientific and technological advances on the nanoscale.

This solicitation provides support for Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) and Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER).

Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant programs and divisions.

Discovery Research K-12

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Letters of intent due by November 1, 2006. 

Proposals may be submitted by institutions and organizations including universities, two- and four-year colleges, state and local education agencies, school districts, professional societies, research laboratories, informal science education centers, private foundations, or other public and private organizations whether for-profit or not-for-profit.

Discovery Research K-12 funds research, development, and evaluation activities through knowledge generation and application to improve K-12 learning and teaching.  The program addresses this mission by funding activities in three major areas:

  • Applied Research that supports three categories of projects: Evaluative Studies of NSF-Funded Resources and Tools, Studies of Student Learning Progressions, and Studies of Teachers and Teaching.
  • Development of Resources and Tools that supports two categories of projects: Assessment of Students’ and Teachers’ Learning and Instruction of K-12 Students and Teachers.
  • Capacity Building that supports two categories of projects: STEM Systems Research and STEM Education Research Scholars.

In addition to these three areas, conferences related to the mission of the program are also supported.

Cities, States Aren't Waiting For U.S. Action on Climate

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With Washington lawmakers deadlocked on how best to curb global warming, state and local officials across the country are adopting ambitious policies and forming international alliances aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.