2015 Call for Proposals

*** Kansas State University College of Engineering Electric Power Affiliates Program

 In 2008, the Kansas State College of Engineering created an industrial consortium, the Electric Power Affiliates Program with four Founding Members from industry.  Today consortium has eight industrial partners and they are: Burns & McDonnell, Fishnet Security, Kansas City Power and Light, Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Omaha Public Power District, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Sega and Westar Energy.

 The Electric Power Affiliates Program (EPAP) is a consortium of industry leaders committed to the continued excellence of engineering education in the area of electrical power and energy systems. Some key goals of the Program include:

  • To provide direction and support of technology development and research and instructional activities in the area of Power Engineering;
  • To increase the number of students interested in and actively involved in the area of Power Engineering;
  • To provide undergraduate and graduate support for outstanding students interested in Power Engineering; disciplines throughout engineering and computer science are included, especially electrical, mechanical, nuclear, chemical, and civil engineering;
  • To provide central focus for a strong undergraduate and graduate program in Electric Power Engineering at Kansas State University;
  • Student experience in publishing and presenting results at national conferences;
  • Feedback and involvement of members in specific research projects of interest to Affiliate members;

 In 2014, the EPAP program provided funding to faculty in the amount of $115K.  These funds were disbursed to faculty in four College of Engineering departments or programs and involved nine faculty members. Project abstracts are available at  http://www.k-state.edu/epap/research/

 EPAP executives work with College of Engineering faculty as we continue with the consortium’s activities.  One of the key items for future EPAP activities is expanding the involvement of engineering departments beyond the traditional field of electrical engineering.  The electrical power industry provides opportunities for jobs as well as research in all areas of engineering and computer science.  EPAP industrial partners would like to see student and faculty participation from all departments in the Kansas State College of Engineering.  In recent discussions with EPAP members, a list of topics has been brought up as possible topics for research activities of benefit to EPAP members.  This list is provided at the end of this RFP.  These are suggested topics, proposals in other areas will also be considered.  Priority will also be considered for those projects that can integrate immediately with the Smart Grid Laboratory in Rathbone 2094.

 This document is an internal Kansas State University Request for proposals for research and educational activities of interest forwarding the electrical power industry.  Currently we have approximately $115k in funding to award for one year projects (May 15, 2015-May 15, 2016).  Funds may be used for graduate student and undergraduate student funding (and corresponding benefits), student travel and supplies.   NOTE: New this year, if you include a GRA, you also need to include tuition for the GRA in your budget.  Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries or faculty travel.   Funds will be administered through the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.  Faculty who have received prior EPAP funds are welcome to apply if they have submitted their mid-year report for current projects on time.


Timeline for Proposal Submission and Review

*  Request for Proposals Distributed to Engineering Faculty           Dec. 19

*  Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent to Submit                Jan. 23

*  Deadline for submission of Project Proposal form and budget       Feb. 2

*  Review of Proposals                                                          Feb. 2-19

*  Faculty to give short presentation on their research idea            Feb. 26

*  Faculty notified of funding decisions                                     March 16


Review Process

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Technical Committee of the Kansas State EPAP Program. 
  • Faculty will be asked to give a short presentation on their research ideas at a meeting on campus on February 26..
  • Projects will be prioritized and recommendations forwarded to the EPAP Executive Board for final approval and funding.


 Please fill out the attached form for your proposal as well as the budget template and email to epap@k-state.edu by February 2, 2015, 11pm central time.  Please direct any questions about the EPAP program to Noel Schulz, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, Paslay Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, Kansas State EPAP (noels@k-state.edu, 785-532-5844).

2015 Request for Proposals (pdf) including budget form