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The center is a catalyst and connector for Northwestern faculty and students to develop sustainable cities, infrastructure, and manufacturing processes while conserving water and mitigating climate change.

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CESR Seed Funding Awards

Eighteen interdisciplinary teams of faculty members have been awarded financial support for 18-month collaborative research projects.


CESR Seed Funding Winners

CESR Seed Funding Awards support innovative, high-risk, and/or enabling collaborative research to enhance engineering sustainability and resilience.  All projects represent new collaborations among the faculty members and provide support for graduate student(s) and/or postdoctoral fellow(s). Results from these projects will be presented at a Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience poster session in spring 2023 and will provide preliminary data to support proposals for funding from federal agencies, foundations and/or industry.

Read about each year's winning teams and projects below.

CESR Seed Grants



Please read through the Call for Proposals to learn eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and review + post-award requirements.

The proposals are submitted in Competitions, under the title Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience Research Support.

Submission deadline: December 11, 2023

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