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Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge – Energy to Lead Competition 2017

Grants to New York Colleges and Universities for
Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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01/29/18 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to New York colleges and universities for promising strategies to implement clean energy solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals are invited for replicable and innovative approaches that use commercially-viable technologies and engage both students and the off-campus community.

The Energy to Lead Competition is administered through the REV Campus Challenge, part of Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The REV Campus Challenge promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities in New York State that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities.

NYSERDA will award grants to the colleges or universities with the leading solutions for implementing replicable clean energy projects that significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For the purposes of this solicitation, clean energy is inclusive of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. Applicants are encouraged to think of unique, replicable approaches to planning, funding, and implementing projects while maximizing energy savings impact on campuses and in surrounding communities. Proposed projects should utilize commercially-viable technologies, incorporate strong student involvement, and consider on- and off-campus community engagement.

Teams are invited to submit plans to implement clean energy projects that demonstrate unique approaches to reducing energy usage and GHG emissions. Proposals must incorporate at least one (1) of the following Focus Areas:

-Project design: Integrating concepts or established technologies in a new kind of application or bundled in new ways that increases the overall energy savings impact or future replicability.

-Business model: A new way of paying for a project, lowering costs, or creating new revenue streams.

-Innovative partnerships: An approach to develop an on-campus project to advance clean energy in the surrounding community by partnering with other institutions, businesses or communities across NYS.

-Curriculum integration: A model for integrating clean energy project construction, implementation, or operations into student coursework, workforce training, or internships.

Proposals must:
-Show a potential to provide direct and quantifiable energy benefits in NYS;
-Demonstrate a unique approach to energy and GHG emissions reduction;
-Incorporate at least one of the Focus Areas established in Section I: Introduction;
-Include at least one undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the respective institution in NYS as of April 22, 2017; and
-Be submitted by a staff or faculty member currently employed by the respective institution.

Project Considerations:
-The project must include an investment on a NYS campus but the project does not necessarily need to be limited to the campus.
-Projects should utilize commercially viable products and solutions that have already been accepted by the market. Projects should NOT fund technology development and/or pilot demonstrations of unproven technologies.
-Proposers may include one specific project in their application or may target multiple projects or initiatives in a single application.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169308

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be ready to commence within the calendar year of award notification (i.e. before December 31, 2018).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Colleges and universities must be REV Campus Challenge members to apply. All two- and four-year higher education institutions in New York State can become REV Campus Challenge members. There are no fees associated with membership. Visit to become a member.

Optional Collaboration:

Teams may include external entities, including other colleges and universities, community organizations, government entities, third party consultants, and other service providers or private entities.

A group or consortium of institutions may choose to collaborate and submit a single proposal. The proposal shall designate a single institution to be the lead applicant.

The lead applicant must provide letters of support from each institution involved in the project.

At least one student from each participating institution must be included on the project team.

The lead applicant, if successful, will have a contractual obligation to NYSERDA and will act as the main point of contact for NYSERDA for all project-related matters.

At a minimum, the lead institution must be a REV Campus Challenge member.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The informational webinar is scheduled for December 6, 2017.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by January 29, 2018 by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Please note: for electronic submission, there are required questions that you will have to answer in addition to uploading attachments and you should allot at least 60 minutes to enter/submit proposals.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To attend the December 6, 2017 webinar, register at:

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For technical questions:

Lindsay Holle
(518) 862-1090, ext. 3051

If you have contractual questions concerning this solicitation, contact:

Nancy Marucci
(518) 862-1090, ext. 3335

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York