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CoE START Grant Application

Welcome to the CoE Seeding to Accelerate Research Themes (START) grant application.

START is a new program in Engineering that provides a mechanism for faculty members to obtain preliminary results for new and innovative research that is not yet ready for external proposal submission.

Before starting this application, review the application checklist. Questions? Check out the FAQ.

Please note that the project details entered here will be visible on the START website at start.engin.umich.edu/themes. The U-M Office of Innovation Partnerships will review your project before it is posted to the website. Innovation Partnerships may reach out to suggest changes to the language in your project title or description if they determine that your intellectual property may be at risk.

You can contact the START team at: https://myumi.ch/pZRE2

This application will stop accepting submissions on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Project Title

visible on the START site

Improving solar panel recycling processes

Project Description

1 paragraph abstract of your work (visible on START site)

Solar energy is inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but after about 30 years, many crystalline silicon solar panels start seeing significant dips in energy production. More panels will reach the end of their life each year (experts think we’ll have 80 million tons of solar panel waste by 2050), and even now, old solar panels are a problem as the majority of them end up in landfills where they can release toxins harmful to both the environment and human health.

Project Goal

1 sentence describing the intended outcome of your project (visible on START site)

Determine if there are efficiencies that can be made in current solar panel recycling processes or if there is more research to be done to find more efficient strategies altogether.

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1 paragraph abstract of your work (visible on START site)

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How many team members (including yourself) will be contributing a funding token to this project?

While there is no limit to the number of faculty that can work on a project, only 2-5 faculty members can contribute a funding token to a project

2

3

4

5


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Team Member Contact Information

Investigator #1 (your) name

Marie Curie

Investigator #1 (your) email

mariecurie@umich.edu

Investigator #2 name

Albert Einstein

Investigator #2 email

alberteinstein@umich.edu

Investigator #3 name

Katherine Johnson

Investigator #3 email

katherinejohnson@umich.edu

Are there faculty members who will work on this project that are not contributing a funding token? If so, list here.


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Project Funding Information

Valid values for each investigator’s funding token: $1 – $15,000 (Investigators share 1/3 of the token amount as cost-share.)

View an example application and FAQ.

Enter numerical values only; commas, decimals, and dollar signs will result in an error message.

Marie Curie’s Token Value

15000

Albert Einstein’s Token Value

12000

Katherine Johnson’s Token Value

3000


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Funding Request Summary

The values in this table are calculated from your response to the previous question. 

Review your funding request summary below. If it is incorrect, go back to the previous page via the back arrow at the bottom left of the screen and update your responses.

Investigator
Name
Investigator
Cost-share
(1/3)
CoE
Contribution
(2/3)
Token Value
(Total)
Marie Curie$ 5000$ 10000$ 15000
Albert Einstein$ 4000$ 8000$ 12000
Katherine Johnson$ 1000$ 2000$ 3000
Total Project Funding$ 26000

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Personal Information & Acknowledgements

Please complete the questions below specific to yourself. Your co-investigators will complete this information on their own behalf when they review the application.

Your Department(s)

Select all departments in which you have an appointment.

Aerospace Engineering

Applied Physics

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Climate and Space Sciences & Engineering

Computer Science & Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Engineering Education Research

Industrial & Operations Engineering

Integrative Systems + Design

Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Science

Robotics

Tauber Institute for Global Operations

U-M Tansportation Research Institute

Your Research Administrator’s (or Research Administrator Group’s) Name

This is the name of the person or group who supports or manages your research funds. If your project is funded, we’ll loop in this person or group to obtain a shortcode for your 1/3 required faculty-cost share to fund the project.

Funds R Us

Your Research Administrator’s (or Research Administrator Group’s) Email

This is the name of the person or group who supports or manages your research funds. If your project is funded, we’ll loop in this person or group to obtain a shortcode for your 1/3 required faculty-cost share to fund the project.

fundsrus@umich.edu


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Review the START grant policy acknowledgements below and select “I agree” if you agree.

Note: You cannot submit an application without agreeing to the acknowledgement statements. All Investigators will be required to review and agree to these acknowledgement statements before the application is submitted.

I acknowledge that I am committing my only START funding token this cycle to this project, and I cannot contribute my funding token to another START project in this cycle.

I agree

I acknowledge that I am responsible for contributing 1/3 of my requested funding amount, because 2/3 of my token is funded by the College of Engineering, and 1/3 is funded via faculty cost share.

I agree

I acknowledge that if my project is funded, I am responsible for providing the agreed upon cost-sharing funds within one week of receiving an award notification.

I agree

I acknowledge that I must submit an external proposal based on this START team’s work within 6 months of the project’s one-year end date.

I agree

I acknowledge that at least half of the START award must be used to train undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows by paying trainee salaries, tuition, and/or lab fees. Supply and equipment purchases are allowable. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries or travel.

I agree

I acknowledge that START grant funds may only be used for new research that is not currently supported by an external proposal.

I agree


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Application Summary – Submit on Next Screen

Review your application summary below. If you need to make any changes, click the back arrow at the bottom left of your screen and make the necessary updates.

Click the forward arrow at the bottom right of your screen to complete your application.


Project Details

TitleImproving solar panel recycling processes
DescriptionSolar energy is inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but after about 30 years, many crystalline silicon solar panels start seeing significant dips in energy production. More panels will reach the end of their life each year (experts think we’ll have 80 million tons of solar panel waste by 2050), and even now, old solar panels are a problem as the majority of them end up in landfills where they can release toxins harmful to both the environment and human health.
GoalDetermine if there are efficiencies that can be made in current solar panel recycling processes or if there is more research to be done to find more efficient strategies altogether.
Representative Imagelink to image will appear here
Total Requested Funding$ 26000


Co-investigators

NameEmail
Marie Curiemariecurie@umich.edu
Albert Einsteinalberteinstein@umich.edu
Katherine Johnsonkatherinejohnson@umich.edu


Your Personal Information

Your DepartmentBiomedical Engineering
Your Research Admin or Team’s NameResearch Administrator’s Name here
Your Research Admin or Team’s EmailResearch Administrator’s Email here

CoE START Grant Policy Acknowledgements

  1. I acknowledge that I am committing my only START funding token this cycle to this project, and I cannot contribute my funding token to another START project in this cycle.

  2. I acknowledge that I am responsible for contributing 1/3 of my requested funding amount, because 2/3 of my token is funded by the College of Engineering, and 1/3 is funded via faculty cost share.

  3. I acknowledge that if my project is funded, I am responsible for providing the agreed upon cost-sharing funds within one week of receiving an award notification.

  4. I acknowledge that I must submit an external proposal based on this START team’s work within 6 months of the project’s one-year end date.

  5. I acknowledge that at least half of the START award must be used to train undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows by paying trainee salaries, tuition, and/or lab fees. Supply and equipment purchases are allowable. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries or travel.

  6. I acknowledge that START grant funds may only be used for new research that is not currently supported by an external proposal.

Click the forward arrow at the bottom right of your screen to complete your application.


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Application Submitted!

Thank you for completing a START grant application. You’ll receive a confirmation email in the next few minutes with a summary of your responses.

Your application will now be routed to your co-investigator(s) for approval and acknowledgement of key START grant program policies.

The U-M Office of Innovation Partnerships will review your project details before they are posted to the START website. Innovation Partnerships may reach out to you to suggest changes to the language in your project title or description if they determine that your intellectual property may be at risk.

This application will close on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).


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