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Media Advisory 13-009

Media Invited to NSF Grantee Meeting for 'Sustainable Energy Pathways' Program

June 4 meeting is at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel


May 30, 2013

A secure and prosperous future for humanity depends on the contributions that science, engineering, and education will make towards building sustainable pathways to meet the energy needs of future generations. The dual roles of NSF--to support basic research and education--are ideally suited to stimulate vibrant science and engineering discovery and innovation efforts that will be needed to meet the challenge of building a sustainable energy future.

Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) is part of the NSF-wide initiative on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The SEP solicitation calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. In 2012, 20 SEP awards were made totaling $37 million.

The 2013 NSF Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) Grantees Meeting will bring together the recipients of the 2012 NSF SEP awards for two days of discussion and interaction with NSF staff, leadership and invited speakers.

Five presentation topic areas, based on the awards, will be: Education and Storage Systems; Thermal, Wind and Tide; Systems and Synthesis; Biofuel; and Solar. Grantees will present promising early results.

Speakers include Fleming Crim, NSF's assistant director, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate; and Pramod Khargonekar, NSF's assistant director, Engineering Directorate. Further details are in the meeting agenda.

Who: NSF representatives and university researchers
What: Grantees of the Sustainable Energy Pathways Program
When: Tuesday, June 4, 8:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., EST
Where:

Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, Va. 22203

Media interested in attending the event, or doing embargoed interviews prior to June 4, should contact Bobbie Mixon at bmixon@nsf.gov, or Maria Zacharias at mzachari@nsf.gov .

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070, bmixon@nsf.gov
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454, mzachari@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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