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Project to Test CO2 Capture is First Funded with Support from Office of Proposal Development

Project to Test CO2 Capture is First Funded with Support from Office of Proposal Development

A new project to test post-combustion carbon dioxide capture technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded $1.3 million from the Department of Energy, marking the first funded proposal supported by the U of I’s new Office of Proposal Development. The project, “Large Pilot Scale Testing of Linde/BASF Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technology at the Abbott Coal-Fired Power Plant,” is led by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s Kevin O’Brien.

“We created the OPD to support the Illinois research community,” said Peter Schiffer, the Vice Chancellor for Research at Illinois. “The Campus Strategic Plan identified a real need for large-scale proposal development services, and we are delighted to see that this work is paying off.”

The OPD was formed in 2014 to provide support for all campus investigators, regardless of academic appointments, to pursue large-scale, million-dollar-plus funding opportunities. Units working with the OPD include the Prairie Research Institute, the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, and a number of departments in Engineering and LAS. The average size of the proposals that they have submitted is $3 million, and sponsoring agencies include DOE, ARPA-E, NIH, USDA, NSF, EPA, HUD, DHS, and the DoED.

“We’ve assembled a strong team of proposal developers and we are putting the infrastructure in place to pursue even more ambitious projects,” said Sheryl Goldberg, the Director of the OPD.  “We’ve worked on a range of projects so far, in areas such as carbon capture, agroforestry, learning and memory, molecular modeling, and many others, and we look forward to working with other researchers on campus.”

Learn more about the Office of Proposal Development.

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