2014 Call for Proposals

*** KSU College of Engineering Electric Power Affiliates Program

In 2008, the Kansas State College of Engineering created an industrial consortium, the Electric Power Affiliates Program. Founding members of the EPAP were Burns & McDonnell, Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha Public Power District and Westar Energy.  Although Nebraska Public Power District is no longer a current member of EPAP, other members of the EPAP program now include Fishnet Security, Inc., Kansas City Power and Light, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and Sega.

In 2013, the EPAP program provided funding to faculty in the amount of $111K.  These funds were disbursed to faculty in 5 College of Engineering departments or programs and involved 11 faculty members.

Over the last year EPAP executives have worked 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 and 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.

Please see the attached RFP for full details.  This 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, 2014 - May 15, 2015).  Funds may be used for graduate student and undergraduate student funding (and corresponding benefits), student travel and supplies.   Funds cannot be used for graduate student tuition, 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 - Jan. 7
*  Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent to Submit - Jan. 22
*  Deadline for submission of Project Proposal form and budget - Jan. 31
*  Review of Proposals - Feb. 1-21
*  Faculty to give short presentation on their research idea - Feb. 26
*  Faculty notified of funding decisions - March 14

Priority Topics of Interest to EPAP Members (Other topics are listed in RFP)

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Solution
  • Storage integration with wind
  • Potential impacts of geomagnetic disturbances on the power grid
  • Potential impacts of electromagnetic pulses on the power grid
  • Power plant emissions
  • Water use in utilities
    • Reduce consumption
    • Stream water quality
  • Cyber-security for electric utilities
  • Generation economic dispatch and control
  • Increased Integration of renewables and storage
  • Materials Related
    • Ash by-products
    • Ammonia or lime use

Please fill out the attached forms for your proposal as well as the budget template and email to epap@k-state.edu by January 31, 2014, by 11 pm 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).

2014 Request for Proposals (pdf) including budget form