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Desired Characteristics for Institutions Receiving Research Support from GCEP

Article 1.04 of the Agreement for the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) between Stanford University and its Sponsors states that "the University will use its best efforts to engage as Project Subcontractors distinguished universities and research institutions throughout the world." This document describes the types of institutions that are appropriate to receive research support as part of GCEP.

  1. GCEP expects to support research of the highest quality on the science that can lead to energy technologies that have low emissions of greenhouse gases. The ability of an institution to perform game-changing research is the most important criterion for its selection.
  2. GCEP expects to support research at institutions that have expertise and global perspectives that are complementary to those of its previously existing portfolio.
  3. Creating a flow of talented scientists and engineers who are deeply expert in the fundamentals of the energy technologies of the future is an important goal of GCEP in addition to the research goals. Academic institutions are particularly relevant in this regard for training undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  4. GCEP recognizes that a range of research institutions exists around the world. GCEP will consider non-degree-granting institutions with world-class research capabilities in areas included in the GCEP portfolio. These research institutions are expected to have unique expertise or facilities. However, a preference exists for projects in which these institutions establish connections to academic institutions so that there will be significant involvement of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the research.
  5. While it is not the intent of GCEP to support ongoing research efforts at institutions like National Laboratories, collaborations involving academic institutions that make use of unique instrumentation and facilities at such laboratories can be considered so long as the primary affiliation of the Principal Investigator is at the academic institution.
  6. Research institutions that are engaged by GCEP will operate under a subcontract with Stanford University consistent with the GCEP Agreement. As an example, GCEP expects that the intellectual property provisions of the GCEP Agreement will apply to other research institutions supported by GCEP in a similar manner to which they apply to Stanford University.
  7. For research in technical areas that may have application in specific geographical regions, such as rapidly developing countries, GCEP expects to support research at institutions in those regions.
  8. GCEP identifies external institutions for consideration of research support through visits by GCEP leadership and through its assessment process.
  9. GCEP does not accept unsolicited proposals from external institutions.
  10. GCEP research programs at external institutions must undergo the same review and approval process as all other GCEP programs.


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