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General Award Area: Review of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Energy
Projects must address the SIREN purpose “investing in energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects” or one of the issues and visions recommended in the document UAF Campus Sustainability: Recommendations from the Chancellor’s Sustainability Transitions Team, July 2008. Issues include energy, transportation, purchasing, waste management, sustainable design, education and curriculum, food systems, social sustainability, and processes and institutions. Preference will be given to projects or programs which reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.
Proposals compete with one another. The RISE Board consisting of students, faculty and staff will conduct a criteria-based review of all proposals. Preference will be given to projects or programs which reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.
You will be asked to identify which sustainable area the proposal addresses.
- Waste Management
- Sustainable Design
- Food systems
- Education and Curriculum
- Social Sustainability
- Process and Institution
Proposals will include the items listed below.
- Project title
- Amount requested
- Proposal author(s)
- Contact information
- Academic department, year in school, undergraduate or graduate standing
- Sustainability theme
- Project summary
- Project description
- Project value
- Implementation plan
- Outreach plan
- Budget justification
- Qualification & Experience
- Technical advisers and collaborators
The project summary should include a note on how the project will be maintained on an ongoing basis, if applicable.
GENERAL PROPOSAL PROCESS
Please refer to the outline in the full submission guidelines linked at left. No hard copies will be accepted. Both .doc and .pdf are required. Electronic copies are mandatory due to the levels of review and approval, which will be done electronically. Please review the full submission guidelines carefully. We strongly encourage you to attend the proposal writing workshop or consult with RISE board members or the sustainability director. It is okay to ask for help before submitting a proposal.
Review Process and Awards
A rating system is used to insure that funded projects reflect the purpose of the Students Initiative for Renewable Energy Now (SIREN) fee and that these projects are to be sustainable in nature. A preference will be given to projects or program, which reduce the non-renewable energy consumption at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The following are how proposals are rated:
- Project Description 10%
- Project Value 40%
- Implementation Plan 20%
- Budget 10%
- Budget Justification 10%
- Qualification & Experience 5%
- Technical Advisor 5%
The proposal must include a copy of cost estimates provided by the manufacturer or supplier. Proposals with a manufacturer's estimate will be given greater consideration. Proposals will be collected by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students, then submitted to the RISE Board for evaluation. The RISE Board will submit recommendations for proposal funding to the vice chancellor. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students will make the official announcement of awards.
The deadline for final submission to the RISE is firm. Late proposals may be resubmitted to the next competition. RISE anticipates that it will solicit proposals at the beginning of each semester. Review the deadlines by visiting our current timeline for proposals.
All proposals are subject to Procurement requirements established by the state of Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Refer to UA Regulations 05.06 for additional guidelines.
If your Proposal is Funded
You will need to fill out a purchase requisition form to request use of the funds that have been awarded for your proposal. The form is a Word document.
Follow up Reports
A follow-up report for each project is due at the end of each fiscal year. It is important that the report be received in order for subsequent proposals to be considered for future funding. Your follow-up report should include an itemized account of how the money was spent. Download the final report form here (Word).
If you have questions about the proposal areas or the process please contact the Office of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-474-5070.
- All projects must include student involvement in the project.
- All projects must be developed with an identified department on campus and coordinated with either a UAF staff or faculty member within that department who will provide oversight on the project.