Research Funding

View Detailed Request For Proposals


This year, the CCCU is soliciting proposals for awards in three categories:



    1) Seed Funding for New Research Projects

    The CCCU seeks to support innovative and potentially transformational approaches to coal utilization that lead to reduced environmental impact. Seed funds are being supplied to support high-risk/high-reward concepts that are at early stages of development. The seed funding is to be used to develop promising fledgling technologies so that key components can be successfully demonstrated and sufficient data obtained to attract external funding for future research. The research should be application driven with clear deliverables, but may include a basic research component. Projects supported in this category will be supported for 1 year, with the potential for a second year of funding, should conditions warrant it.

    Important Dates:
    Letter of Intent: Monday, March 9, 2015
    Full Proposal: 5:00 pm CDT on Monday, April 13, 2015
    Notification of Selection: Monday, May 18, 2015
    Project Start Date: June 1, 2015

    2) Matching Funds for External Grants

    CCCU funds may be used as matching funds for research proposals to outside agencies that require cost sharing. In order to be eligible, the proposed research must be aligned with the research goals of the CCCU.

    This call for proposals for matching funds will remain open until all of the funds have been committed. Proposals may be submitted at any time.

    3) Equipment Grants

    By making funds available for equipment, the CCCU aims to ensure that WUSTL investigators have state-of-the-art analytical facilities for coal research and are able to continue to build new coal research capabilities. The CCCU is currently seeking proposals from investigators for new equipment purchases. Specialized equipment intended for individual lab use will be considered, however, it is preferred that the equipment be beneficial and made available to multiple users (shared). PIs may request items that benefit existing programs, or that would add new capabilities that could be utilized to attract additional outside funding.

    This call for proposals for equipment grants will remain open until all of the funds have been committed. Proposals may be submitted at any time.