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Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment solicited a final round of renewable energy research proposals. Recipients will be chosen by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit, the potential for major breakthroughs on national and global scales, alignment with Minnesota’s competitive advantages, a strong interdisciplinary approach, and a clear business plan and exit strategy for securing future support.

Matching grant proposals from University of Minnesota faculty are accepted anytime. Apply for a matching grant

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FY 2013 Request for Proposals

IREE completed a final round of peer-reviewed investments in November 2012. Recipients were selected by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit, the potential for high-impact technologies demonstrating a substantial likelihood of success in the near- to mid-term. IREE awarded $2.6M to seven renewable energy research projects which will begin in early 2013. The selected proposals feature highly integrated and interdisciplinary membership.

FY 2012 Request for Proposals

In June 2011 IREE awarded $4.1 million to 20 renewable energy projects. These projects were a mix of Large, Early Career, Seed and Special Opportunity grants. Recipients were chosen by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit, the potential for major breakthroughs on national and global scales, alignment with Minnesota’s competitive advantages, a strong interdisciplinary approach, and a clear business plan and exit strategy for securing future support.
For FY 2012, a total of 79 proposals were received for a requested $24,986,342 towards research.
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FY 2011 Request for Proposals

In April 2010 IREE awarded $5.1 million to 24 renewable energy projects. These projects were a mix of Large, Early Career, and Seed grants. Recipients were chosen by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit, the potential for major breakthroughs on national and global scales, alignment with Minnesota’s competitive advantages, a strong interdisciplinary approach, and a clear business plan and exit strategy for securing future support.
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FY 2009 Request for Proposals

In March 2009 IREE awarded $5.5 million to 19 renewable energy projects. These projects were a mix of Large and Seed grants. Recipients were chosen by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit, the potential for major breakthroughs on national and global scales, alignment with Minnesota’s competitive advantages, a strong interdisciplinary approach, and a clear business plan and exit strategy for securing future support.
Read the press releases: Large grants | Seed grants

2004-6 Request for Proposals

Between 2004-2006, IREE awarded more than $11.1 million dollars to 81 renewable energy projects. These projects were a mix of large and seed grants. Recipients were chosen by a combination of cluster leaders, working groups and the IREE executive committee to build the IREE research portfolio.
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ADMINISTRATION
The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) is a signature program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

REPORTS
Check out IREE's research impacts, pioneering projects, external collaborations, educational initiatives and more in the 2012 annual report (PDF).

Measuring the carbon footprint of Gevo, Inc.’s Luverne, MN corn supply: A survey based assessment of the potential for delivering a low carbon corn grain feedstock for biofuels. Read the report (PDF).
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