The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development has received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
The $3 million grant was approved to implement research, training and education, and evaluation of testing needs expressed by numerous wind energy companies. Some elements of the grant have an industry match, while all of the elements will serve to further stimulate wind industry development in Iowa.
For specific questions about research and training/education funding opportunities, send an email message to email@example.com.
For a list of projects already funded by IAWIND, click here.
To promote industry-university research and development in wind energy in Iowa, and to further engage researchers not currently participating in wind-related research, the following funding elements are available:
- Industry-matched Research and Development ($1.2 million) – This will accelerate the growth of wind-energy research conducted at Iowa’s research universities. IAWIND will support basic and applied research, as well as facilitate contract research in support of location, design, manufacturing, data acquisition and monitoring, control and construction of wind power devices and facilities. IAWIND will solicit proposals and assess their potential for advancing Iowa’s wind energy industry. The Iowa Power Fund will grant final approval and funding of the projects. This funding element is structured to incentivize faculty researchers and wind energy businesses in Iowa to partner on projects that directly impact the industry.
- Long-term Basic Research ($0.2 million) - This is to prioritize future research needs, develop a plan to address these needs, and to develop proposals aimed at Federal agencies to secure a broader research base. IAWIND will solicit proposals and assess their potential for advancing Iowa’s wind industry. Industrial representatives on the IAWIND Governing Board will play a key role in helping identify long-term research needs that are common to the industry. The Iowa Power Fund will grant final approval and funding of the projects.
- Education ($0.45 million) - Funds are available to accelerate the development and coordination of IAWIND educational programs to meet the needs of the wind power industry. Examples of funding opportunities include: i) development of additional wind power training options at the community colleges; ii) coordination between the community colleges and universities to provide a transition to students who choose to pursue bachelor degrees in wind power areas; iii) continued development of undergraduate courses and focus areas in wind power; iv) expansion of graduate focus areas and programs focused on wind energy; and, v) continuing education offerings that meet the specialized needs of the wind power industry.
- Course Development Funding Opportunities. Mini-grants, intended for the development/improvement of wind energy courses at IAWIND member institutions, to grow the capacity of current wind energy educational programs conducted at Iowa's community colleges and Regents Universities, and add depth to existing curricula.
- Educational Equipment - Regents Institutions ($0.45 million) - Funds are available to purchase state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to expand enrollment in existing wind energy programs and prepare students for the technical advances that are certain to be a hallmark of this rapidly growing industry.
- Educational Equpment - Community Colleges ($0.45 million) - This supports program expansion and new program development at community colleges in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and Operations and Maintenance. The goal is to provide a constant source of trained workers specific to the Iowa wind industry.
- Internships ($0.15 million) - This funding element supports a IAWIND internship program. IAWIND supports a summer internship program for college students interested in working in the wind industry in Iowa. For more specific information about the IAWIND-Wind Energy Summer 2012 Internship Funding Opportunity and to apply, click here.
Research applications will be reviewed the first day of every month starting, September 1, 2009.
The following funding elements provide the means to grow the capacity of our current programs and add depth to existing curricula through enhanced laboratory experiences. Based on current demand, AIWIND’s educational partners project strong enrollments at all levels. Click here for more details about Training and Education funding opportunities. Click here if you have specific questions about training and education funding opportunities.
Training and Education applications will be reviewed the first day of every month, starting October 1, 2009.