The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory works with public agencies, industry partners, and other universities and colleges to:
- Develop renewable energy products and technologies for rapid transfer to the marketplace
- Support economic growth with renewable energy industries
- Educate the finest energy researchers, technicians, and workforce.
Looking Towards the Future
- The Collaboratory will continue to fund cost share requests from the four institutions. The Authority Board authorized $400,000 to be utilized in 2017 as deemed appropriate by the Collaboratory Executive Board.
- By Fall 2017 the Collaboratory will form an Industry Advisory Committee made up of 8-10 industry executives. The committee’s purpose will be to advise the Collaboratory on opportunities for energy-related research and development; advise and advocate for the Collaboratory’s strategic initiatives with State of Colorado and National officials; help foster relationships between Collaboratory institutions and industry partners with the goal of enhancing collaboration and partnerships; help create critical partnerships that pair private sector experts with research professionals to bring commercially viable technologies to market, create new products, develop and enhance companies and high-value jobs, grow local economies, while increasing the research capacity of Colorado’s research universities in strategic areas; encourage partnerships among universities, federal and state governments, funders, philanthropists and philanthropic organizations, economic developers, workforce developers and the business community in order to strengthen and revitalize university research and speed its translation into innovative products and services; and help merge the discovery-driven culture of the Collaboratory members with the innovation-driven environment of industry for the purposes of facilitating the rapid transfer of knowledge, ideas, and technology to commercialization and productive societal use. Click here for more information.
- On November 28, 2017 the Collaboratory will host a Workshop on Applying to ARPA-E free of charge to all participants. The half-day workshop will be held on the CU Boulder campus and will be live streamed and captured for later use. The purpose of this workshop is to educate public and private sector researchers and entities interested in submitting proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) solicitations, including open solicitations. Former ARPA-E Program Directors and Colorado ARPA-E award recipients will provide information on the agency’s approach to transformational energy research. Lessons-learned, helpful advice on how to both develop and write winning ARPA-E proposals, how to manage a proposal, and execute successful ARPA-E projects will also be provided. Participants will have a chance to network and see how different entities can team up on projects. Click here for more information.
- During 2016 and the first half of 2017 the Collaboratory completed a great deal of activity in support of clean energy innovation and economic growth in Colorado. In the months ahead, as missions and budgets for federal agencies sponsoring research and innovation, in particular those for DOE, continue to be developed, the Executive Board has advised that the Collaboratory move forward cautiously until there is more clarity around the federal agency funding opportunities for our Collaboratory researchers to pursue.
An Outstanding Team Effort
The Directors of the Colorado Energy Research Authority are grateful for the past support of Colorado’s Governors and the Colorado General Assembly, and we are proud that we have exceeded expectations in the effective investment of these State funds. The State’s funding has been critical to the Authority’s and the Collaboratory’s success.
Of course, this success would not have been possible without the hard work and exceptional contributions provided by the Collaboratory leadership, the Collaboratory center’s management teams, the world class researchers, and the many administrative personnel who support research at the four Collaboratory institutions. They are responsible for the scientific, technological, and economic benefits flowing to the State of Colorado.