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Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Engineering a sustainable future through interdisciplinary research and education

Summer 2020 Seed Funding Call for Proposals

Through the generosity of a McCormick donor, $240,000 in funds are available for innovative, high-risk, and/or enabling collaborative research seed funding in Summer 2020.  Award amounts for this program will typically be $60,000 per project, and funds will be used for graduate student or postdoc support, materials, supplies, lab and publication fees.  Read about the eligibility and application details here

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 17, 2020.

Seed Funding 2019-2020

CESR Seed Funding Awarded

2019 Seed Funding Awards announced to support innovative, high-risk, and/or enabling collaborative research to enhance engineering sustainability and resilience. Five interdisciplinary teams of faculty members have been awarded $60,000 each to support 18-month collaborative research projects. All five projects represent new collaborations among the faculty members and provide support for graduate student(s) and/or postdoctoral fellow(s). Results from these projects will be presented at a Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience poster session in spring 2021 and will provide preliminary data to support proposals for funding from federal agencies, foundations and/or industry.

About the Center

The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience at Northwestern Engineering aims to tackle complex sustainability challenges like climate change, water quality, clean energy, and pollution through research and educational efforts that span multiple departments and disciplines.

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SUSPIRE: Sustainable Urban Systems: Predictive, Interconnected, Resilient and Evolving

SUSPIRE Workshop July 16 & 17, 2019

This workshop was organized by Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and many other partners with support from NSF to address natural and climate, technological, and societal disruptions that will transform urban systems. SUSPIRE brought together more than 100 Chicago and Great Lakes area community members and stakeholders drawn from academia, industry, foundations, community organizations, government, technology and environmental organizations, and the arts and humanities to lay the groundwork for a sustainable urban systems research network.

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The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience is part of the McCormick School of Engineering.



Learn about our research that focuses on sustainable use of materials in the construction of engineered systems.

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Discover the groups with whom the center combines and amplifies efforts with across campus.

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Meet the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience's advisory board and affiliated faculty.
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