Trustees approve $3M for design of the Energy Advancement and Innovation Building


The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved on Friday $3 million for design of a building that will help anchor an envisioned innovation district in the university’s west campus.


The Energy Advancement and Innovation Center will be a hub where Ohio State faculty members, students, alumni, ENGIE researchers, local entrepreneurs and industry experts work together on the next generation of smart energy systems, renewable energy and green mobility solutions.


The university was granted approval for $3 million for professional services for the Energy Advancement and Innovation Building, which will serve as a hub for technology commercialization first outlined in the university’s comprehensive energy management partnership.


The project is a cornerstone of the university’s public-private partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP). As part of the agreement, OSEP committed $50 million for the project, including $35 million in design and construction costs.


“We are very excited to be moving into the design phase of this watershed project which is one of the cornerstones of our long-term partnership with Ohio State, and as a fellow Buckeye, I feel very lucky to be a part of the development of the innovation district,” said Serdar Tufekci, CEO of OSEP.


The Visionary Project Advisory Committee was formed early in the conceptual stages to guide the university in the governance of center. Jay Sayre, who serves as Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research and Director of Innovation in the Institute for Materials Research, chairs the committee, which is comprised of Ohio State, OSEP, and Columbus community members.


“We envision the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center as a vehicle to propel innovation beyond the R&D stage to commercial successes in the market where everyone can benefit,” Sayre said. “This will be a place where our students will benefit by connecting with the creativity of faculty, staff, ENGIE researchers, and our local community to leave a lasting, impactful legacy on our academic mission.”


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Ohio State faculty team up on $2.75 million award to enable nuclear nonproliferation research

An interdisciplinary team at The Ohio State University will spearhead a research thrust area within a new consortium focused on nuclear nonproliferation.


The National Nuclear Security Administration, overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy, has established the consortium with the goal of strengthening the nation’s nuclear security.


Ohio State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will share $2.75 million of the consortium’s five-year, $25 million funding.


The Consortium for Enabling Technologies and Innovation, led by Georgia Institute of Technology, is a collection of 12 universities and 10 national laboratories that will develop and refine technologies supporting the nation’s nonproliferation mission to detect and characterize the production of nuclear materials. The consortium will perform basic research in computer and engineering sciences for nonproliferation, advanced manufacturing for nonproliferation and novel instrumentation for nuclear fuel cycle monitoring.


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ENCOMM hosts 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grants panel discussion

Please join us today for the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion.


Panelists will include Tyler Grassman, Jay Gupta, Vicky Doan-Nguyen, and Josh Goldberger.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

4:15-5:15 PM, room 4138

Physics Research Building



2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

Request for Proposals [pdf]

The three Funding Tiers of the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:


1.       Renewal IRG Grants to select the interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) for the Center for Emergent Material’s proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has a separate request for proposals this year—please see the CEM website.

2.       Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete for federal block-funding opportunities.

3.       Exploratory Materials Research Grants provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.


Ohio State selects Morley Stone to lead Office of Research

The Ohio State University announced Thursday it named Morley O. Stone as the new senior vice president for research.


Stone will join Ohio State’s Office of Research leadership team after serving as chief technology officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio.


Stone will serve an integral role in the advancement of the university’s research enterprise, overseeing strategic planning and infrastructure support for Ohio State’s $864 million annual basic and applied research program.


“Throughout his career, Dr. Stone has built strong, strategic collaborations with academia, industry and government organizations, including Ohio State,” said President Michael V. Drake. “We look forward to our continued work together to uplift lives in our communities through outstanding research.”


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New IMR program increases facility grant amounts to kickstart materials-allied research projects

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is strengthening its commitment to make shared campus-research facilities more accessible to faculty and research staff at The Ohio State University with the unveiling of its Kickstart Facility Grant Program.


The program allows IMR to boost facility grant amounts awarded to faculty and research staff conducting innovative materials-allied research to $2,500, a 25-percent increase from previous years. This program supplants the IMR Facility Grants.


Kickstart Facility Grant assistance helps offset costs of user fees, access fees, and required costs that might be associated with research facilities.


IMR offers grant eligibility to its members hired within their first five years at Ohio State, and non-tenured regular and research faculty. IMR continues to encourage members who are senior research staff with principal investigator status at Ohio State to submit requests for proposal as well.


Kickstart Facility Grants are an excellent training opportunity for post-candidacy graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to co-author proposals, and faculty are encouraged to engage their students and staff in their proposal development.


Research proposal templates are available at IMR’s website. Proposals for Spring 2018 must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018.


IMR has supported 202 research projects with $404,000 in facility-grant assistance since 2007.


Potential applicants can contact IMR’s administrator and grants developer, Joanna Gardner, at, with any administrative or procedural questions or IMR membership inquiries. Potential applicants with technical questions related to possible research activities can contact IMR executive director Steve Ringel at


Please visit IMR’s Kickstart Facility Grant Program page for more details and proposal forms.


The Institute for Materials Research is an interdisciplinary institute that works across colleges and departments at The Ohio State University to facilitate, promote and coordinate research and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials.


Story by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations Coordinator