Funding Opportunity For Faculty-Led Student Engineering Design Teams 2013/2014 Academic Year

May 2013

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Energy Efficiency Standards Group, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, is pleased to announce the third year of the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment. The goals of the competition are to drive energy efficiency innovation in appliances and equipment used in and around U.S. buildings, and to support the development of the next generation of appliance and equipment design engineers who consider ultra-efficiency a foundational design principle.

The competition supports student design teams at U.S. universities to develop and test prototypes with large energy savings potential, and to greatly reduce the cost of existing ultra-efficient designs.

In the interest of developing a broad portfolio for the academic year 2013-2014 design competition we are looking for strong proposals in a wide array of energy end-uses (residential or commercial). For more information, visit the competitions website and review the attached Request for Proposal (RFP).

Please distribute this RFP to all colleges and departments who may have an interest at your university. This would include, but is not limited to, the Deans, Chairs, faculty, and program leads in engineering, physics, technology and innovation colleges/institutes, and energy/efficiency centers/programs.

We welcome and encourage proposals from previous faculty that have applied (and were not selected or for different projects), more than one proposal per department or university, and interdisciplinary proposals. You are also welcome to share this with other universities.

All proposals must go through your research administration office (e.g. Office of Sponsored Projects, or Office of Contracts and Grants, etc.) for approval and final proposal submission to Berkeley Lab.

Please note the following deadlines associated with this RFP:

June 10, 2013, 5:00 pm Pacific Time—Questions due in writing to Berkeley Lab Procurement Representative Shanna Wells and cc.

June 14, 2013, or before—Berkeley Lab will respond to all questions submitted prior to deadline in the acceptable format

July 8, 2013, 5:00 pm Pacific Time—Proposals due in accordance with instructions in RFP.


Proposals may be submitted early, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.