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Science Synthesis Prize

Generate new and comprehensive knowledge on the current state of science in renewable integration with the $125,000 Science Synthesis Prize
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As new renewable energy technologies are developed and integrated into the electric grid, there continues to be new areas of opportunity and challenges that must be addressed. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity (OE) invites graduate students, researchers, industry partners, and key stakeholders to apply for the American-Made Science Synthesis Prize: Identifying Key Barriers to Renewable Integration. 

Through this $125,000 prize, applicants are tasked with thoroughly analyzing the landscape of the renewable energy integration theory and practice and challenged to highlight pivotal opportunities, solutions, and areas of investment for addressing integration complications.

Competitors will form robust teams to develop an in-depth and cohesive research paper that highlights state-of-the-art renewable technologies, addresses the current and projected challenges associated with such technologies, and identifies the renewable integration gaps present throughout the industry that could be addressed with greater investment, research, development and/or awareness. 

Could your research change the course of renewable energy development? Find more information about submission requirements, judging criteria, and other important prize details in the Official Rules document.  

Prizes

Up to 10 teams will each receive $10,000, with up to 5 winners being awarded an additional $5,000 each for exceptional submissions. Winning submissions will help inform DOE’s roadmap to better understand and address potential roadblocks relating to the integration of large-scale renewable energy into the electric grid. 

GRIT Prize Series

The Science Synthesis Prize is just one impactful component of the new Grid Resource Integration Technologies (GRIT) Prize Series. A joint effort from DOE’s Office of Electricity (OE) and the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), this prize series catalyzes research and development on grid modernization through large-scale integration of renewable technology, distributed resources, and stationary storage.

OE’s Science Synthesis Prize was launched in conjunction with SETO’s Data-Driven Distribution (3D) Solar Visibility Prize, a competition to incentivize innovators to develop models and algorithms that provide accurate and real-time information about distributed solar generation in electric power distribution networks. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply to one or both prizes. Follow the prizes on HeroX for more information on upcoming GRIT Prize Series initiatives.

Informational Webinar 

Join us June 12 for an informational webinar to learn more about the Science Synthesis Prize. During the webinar, prize administrators will give an overview of the competition including key dates, submission requirements, scoring criteria, and prize pools. Plus, applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the live Q&A.  

Can’t make the webinar? We’ve got you covered. A webinar recording will be made available on HeroX in the week following the live event.  


Guidelines & Eligibility

The competition is open only to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits); nonfederal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities; academic institutions; and individuals. 

For more information on eligibility, submission requirements, and other important prize information, please read the Official Rules. To receive updates on the prize, please subscribe by using the follow feature on the HeroX platform.

 

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Info Webinar TOMORROW

June 11, 2024, 8:45 a.m. PDT by Carlie Ortiz

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12, will be your chance to learn more about the Science Synthesis prize during the informational webinar. The webinar starts at 1 p.m. ET and will cover a wide range of prize topics, such as eligibility requirements, submission materials, and key dates and deadlines.  

Plus, ask your questions during the live Q&A at the end of the webinar. Register today to attend! 

Resource Reminder 

  • Curious about a specific prize detail? Read the Official Rules document.  
  • Looking to team up with another individual, university, or business? Post in the Forum tab.  
  • Need a reminder on important prize dates? Check out the Timeline tab.  

See you at the webinar!  


Info Webinar Next Wednesday

June 4, 2024, 12:32 p.m. PDT by Carlie Ortiz

Hey applicants! Don’t forget that next Wednesday, June 12, at 1 p.m. ET is your opportunity to join an informational webinar about the Science Synthesis Prize. Hear more on important prize details, such as: 

  • Key dates and deadlines
  • Eligibility requirements 
  • Submission materials
  • Scoring metrics
  • Prize pools. 

Plus, there will be a live Q&A at the end of the webinar where you can ask your pressing questions. Register to join TODAY!

Can’t make the live event? We’ve got you covered. Shortly after the event, a recording of the webinar (and the corresponding slides) will be posted on HeroX. 

We can’t wait to see you there! 


NOW OPEN – Science Synthesis Prize: Identifying Key Barriers to Renewable Integration

May 28, 2024, 9:46 a.m. PDT by Carlie Ortiz

The Science Synthesis Prize is now open for submissions! Applicants are challenged to analyze the landscape of the renewable energy integration theory and practice, and highlight pivotal opportunities, solutions, and areas of investment for addressing integration complications. This prize is part of the new Grid Resource Integration Technologies (GRIT) Prize Series, funded by the Office of Electricity, created to catalyze research and development efforts across multiple offices focused on grid modernization. 

We invite graduate students, researchers, industry partners, and other industry stakeholders to apply. 

Why participate? Winning submissions will help inform the Department of Energy’s roadmap to better understand and address potential roadblocks relating to the integration of large-scale renewable energy into the electric grid. Plus, up to 10 teams will each receive $10,000, with up to 5 winners being awarded an additional $5,000 each for exceptional submissions.

Here’s what we’re looking for in the submission packet:

  • A concise cover page 
  • Research paper (6,000 words max) 
  • A 1/2-page biography for each author.

Don't forget to take advantage of prize resources, which include: 

  • Official Rules: Here, you’ll find key information on eligibility, how to enter, what to submit, and more.
  • Informational Webinar: Join us on June 12 for a chance to learn about the prize, including submission requirements and scoring criteria, and ask any questions you may have. 
  • Timeline: Take a look at the important dates for this prize so you can mark them in your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming informational webinar! 


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