NSF/ONR Partnership in Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security (EPNES)
DIRECTORATE FOR ENGINEERING
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE(S): February 3, 2003
By 5:00 p.m. proposerís local time
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Program Title: NSF/ONR Partnership in Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security (EPNES)
Synopsis of Program: The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announce an interdisciplinary solicitation aimed at building new partnerships focused on achieving efficient and secure electric power networks under uncertain demands. The NSF organizations participating in this solicitation include: the Division of Electrical and Communication Systems (ECS) and Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES) of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG); the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); and the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The ONR organizations in this solicitation include the Department of Engineering, Materials and Physical Sciences (EMPS), and the Division for Ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems (SHMES). NSF and/or ONR will make awards. Electric power systems are prototypical socio-technical systems, meaning that their technical, social, economic, political, and cultural elements are tightly interwoven and impinge directly and forcefully upon each other. The goal of this solicitation is to build interdisciplinary partnerships, which allow more unified, coherent research to ensure reliable, secure, and efficient electric power networks. In addition, this program will address socio-economic issues, environmental issues, new pedagogy and curricula to prepare a future workforce, and development of integrated tools provided by ONR or a credible utility system.
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PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
B. Budgetary Information
C. Deadline/Target Dates
D. FastLane Requirements
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
There is an urgent need for the development of innovative methods and conceptual frameworks for analysis, planning, and operation of complex, efficient, and secure electric power networks. If this need is to be met and sustained, then there must be appropriate resources developed and available to teach those who will design, develop, and operate those networks. Hence, pedagogy and curricular improvement must be an integrated component of this activity's evolution. The U.S. depends on electric power Ė power that is provided through networks that may be as small as a ship or as large as a regional power grid. The next generation of high-performance dynamic and adaptive nonlinear networks, of which power systems are an integral application, will be designed and upgraded with interdisciplinary knowledge for achieving improved survivability, security, reliability, reconfigurability and efficiency.
The NSF/ONR Partnership in Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security (EPNES) invites proposals to advance electric power networks using systems theory, economics principles, and environmental science. Increasing interest in power engineering education and addressing workforce issues in the deregulated power industry necessitates an interdisciplinary research-based curriculum that prepares engineers, economists, and scientists to plan and operate networks. To accomplish this goal, it must be recognized that these networks are socio-technical systems, meaning that successful functioning depends as much upon social factors as upon technical characteristics. They are a key component of larger efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth on a global scale. The continued security of electric power networks can be compromised not only by technical breakdowns, but also by deliberate sabotage, misguided economic incentives, regulatory difficulties, the shortage of energy production and transmission facilities, and the lack of appropriately trained engineers, scientists and operations personnel.
Addressing these issues requires proposals to engage an interdisciplinary approach, involving engineering, technical and social and economic research. EPNES proposals must also integrate pedagogy and curricular improvement as an evolving component of the activity. NSF seeks to fund research activities that ensure electric power in the U.S. will be continuously available, reasonably priced, and have minimal deleterious environmental impacts. It is hoped that a convergence of socio-economic principles with new system theories and computational methods for systems analysis will lead to development of a more efficient, robust, and secure distributed network system. Proposals responding to this solicitation must (1) plan for testing and refining new concepts and principles against benchmark test system problems (as defined in the topical areas, below); and (2) include major connections to market economics, such as global sustainability.
Proposals submitted under this program solicitation must incorporate concepts that are general enough to test on standard civilian and/or military grand challenge problems. Navy test beds will be provided by the Navy (see detailed description in topical area E, below). The civilian grand challenge problem should be a realistic test bed such as those provided by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) or a credible utility company.
This solicitation seeks to obtain major advances in the integration of new concepts in control, modeling, component technology, social and economics theories for electrical power networks' efficiency and security. It also encourages development of new interdisciplinary research-based curriculum and pedagogy that will motivate students' learning and increase their retention across affected disciplines. Research should be carried out in interdisciplinary groups with the objective of generating new concepts and approaches stimulated by the interaction of diverse disciplines. Proposals offering incremental advances of existing technologies are discouraged. Proposals should include interdisciplinary research teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists, economists, and environmental experts as appropriate to the work proposed.
This solicitation seeks to overcome barriers between intellectual disciplines relevant to power networks by introducing the complexity of the networks from the Navy and from the utility power sectors as benchmarked systems. Each proposal must contain the development of pedagogy and education material for undergraduate and graduate level students including laboratories, workshops, lectures, CD-ROM, etc. Proposals should discuss effective ways in which education, outreach and improvements to increase the workforce and interests are all integrated within the interdisciplinary research programs to achieve the broader impacts of the proposed activities.
Five topic areas (A-E) of research and education activities appropriate to this solicitation are listed below. Proposals should address two or more of the listed topics in areas A, B and C. Each proposal must also address the education topic area D, and the benchmark systems topic in Area E.
A. Systems and Security
B. Economics, Efficiency and Behavior
C. Environmental Issues
D. New Curricula and Pedagogy
E. Benchmark Test Systems
The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are eligible to submit proposals under this program announcement/solicitation.
The awards made will be up to a total of $300,000 for a small interdisciplinary group and up to a total of $600,000 for a large interdisciplinary group. Due to the nature of the program, all proposals must be interdisciplinary, and multiple co-Principle Investigators are encouraged.† The award duration may be up to three years. Both small and large interdisciplinary groups may be from the same institution or from different institutions, and should demonstrate substantial program enhancement resulting from the interaction of diverse disciplines. It is anticipated that the total funds available from NSF and ONR for this program in FY 2003 will be approximately $3.45 million. The anticipated numbers of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals.
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Web Site at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF-02-041) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the Cover Sheet For Proposal to the National Science Foundation. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
Cost sharing is not required in proposals submitted under this Program Solicitation.
Other Budgetary Limitations: Proposers should make provisions in the proposal budget for transportation and lodging to attend an annual workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop will be held for grantees to present their research work.
Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):
Full Proposals by 5:00 p.m. proposerís local time: February 3, 2003
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The two merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.
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What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
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All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Mail Review followed by Panel Review. Panel reviews are jointly administered by program officers from NSF and ONR.
Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.
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