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ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, deadline April 1, 2016

Apply for the second annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, awarded by USAID and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UL. The Prize seeks to identify and recognize ASEAN-based, early to mid-career woman scientists below 40 year of age whose research focuses on sustainable energy. Up to ten finalists will be identified and promoted, and one winner will receive US $25,000 as well as separate provisions to attend an award ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in October 2016.

Eligibility criteria include:
– Female citizens and residents of an ASEAN member state
– Ph.D. degree graduates
– Scientists under 40 years of age at the start of the open application period
– Applicants whose research focuses on sustainable energy

The Prize aims to:
– Recognize and support promising, early-career women scientists pursuing scientific careers in the ASEAN region
– Encourage intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-U.S. collaboration around sustainable energy research
– Inspire young women in the ASEAN region to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers.

For more information and a list of eligibility requirements, please click here.


U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory Network Notice of Opportunity: Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Request for Assistance (RFA), Deadline April 10, 2016

The SBV Pilot provides U.S. small businesses with unparalleled access to the expertise and facilities of its national laboratories. Over three rounds, DOE will provide up to $20M to support ~ 100 small businesses by issuing national lab vouchers valued between $50,000 and $300,000 per company. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $7M in Small Business Vouchers (SBVs) in Round 1.

Approximately 50-60 vouchers remain for Rounds 2 and 3 of the SBV Pilot. Vouchers for expertise will be available in nine key advanced energy fields: advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water power, and wind.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process, visit the SBV website.


Apply for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards, Deadline April 25, 2016

Spearheaded by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Momentum for Change shines a light on the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of efforts around the world to tackle climate change. Organizations, communities, cities, businesses, governments and others that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a “2016 Lighthouse Activity”.

Projects selected as a winning activity will receive a wide range of benefits, including fully covered attendance to the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco; access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference; public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat; public relations support and media training; high-quality promotional videos and podcasts; a dedicated page about your project on the Momentum for Change website; and graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography.

To apply, register via the online application portal and visit the essential information page for essential eligibility information about the application process.


2nd “Solar for All” Contest Now Open for Applications, Deadline May 1, 2016

The 2nd “Solar for All” Contest for Innovative Community Solar Electrification Solutions 2016, organized by the Canopus Foundation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, is now accepting applications. Proposals for PV solar electrification solutions to provide a scalable number of low-income communities with power are invited for submission. The most innovative and promising solutions will be selected for the award. Two prizes will be awarded to the best applications drawn from the short list selected by the jury. The first prize is a 400,000 Euro loan for 8 years at 6 percent interest without any collateral requirement. The runner-up will receive a special prize of 10,000 Euros from the Siemens Stiftung as well as an offer of membership in their international “Empowering People Network” support program that promotes technological and entrepreneurial approaches for sustainable development.

Developers, system integrators, owners or operators of existing or planned solar electrification solutions for communities, particularly in rural areas of developing and emerging regions, are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from all countries. More information on eligible concepts and instructions on the applications can be found here.


 

Short Video Contest 2016: “Showcasing Community Solar Electrification Solutions”, Deadline May 1, 2016

The Canopus Foundation is now also accepting applications for the “Showcasing Community Solar Electrification Solutions” Short Video Contest 2016 (formerly “Showcasing Village Grids” Contest) alongside the second “Solar for All” Contest. One outstanding short video on the topic of community solar electrification will be chosen to win a 2,000 Euro prize and be showcased to the expert jury and other participants at the second “Solar for All” awards ceremony to be held at Intersolar India 2016 in Mumbai later this year. Anyone wishing to share their ideas, stories and/or experiences on community solar electrification is invited to participate. The submission deadline for short videos is May 1, 2016. Participation in the 2nd “Solar for All” Contest does not require participation in the video contest and vice versa. More information on the video contest, including instructions on how to apply can be found here.