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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.

PI Limits
Any individual may appear as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI, or other senior personnel on only one proposal in response to this solicitation. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization, any sub-award submitted as part of a proposal, or any collaborative proposal. If an individual is listed as a PI, co-PI, or senior personnel on more than one proposal, all of those proposals will be returned without review.

A minimum of three investigators is required, the Principal Investigator (PI) and two or more co-PIs from the lead or participating institutions who are eligible to serve as PI or co-PI on NSF proposals submitted through their respective institutions. These investigators should represent more than one scientific discipline in order to ensure an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy.

Institutional Eligibility 
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Number of Proposals: 3
Eligible institutions may submit no more than three (3) proposals as the lead organization in response to this solicitation for FY 2012.

The Sustainable Energy Pathways solicitation will support interdisciplinary efforts by teams of researchers to address the challenges of developing efficient pathways towards a sustainable energy future. The overarching theme of the solicitation is "sustainability" in all of its facets. Pathways to sustainable energy, from their starting points to ending points, should use renewable sources of energy, or at least work to reduce the carbon intensity associated with our current dependence on carbon-based energy and fuels. These pathways should also employ energy efficient, economically, socially, and behaviorally viable processes that minimize adverse environmental or societal impacts.

This solicitation calls for innovative, basic research in science, engineering, and education for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. In this context, the development of the proposed sustainable energy pathway should be guided by all three fundamental considerations given below:

  • Scientific knowledge & technological innovation. 
  • Environmental, societal and economic imperatives.
  • Education and workforce development.

November 16, 2011, 5:00 pm:
  Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

November 28 , 2011, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal. 
All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

December 5, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

February 1, 2012:  Deadline for Full proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.