Learn More: Funding Opportunities

Propane Mower Incentive Program

TThe Propane Mower Incentive Program offers up $1,000 for qualifying original equipment propane mowers and $500 for qualifying propane conversions. A list of the qualifying equipment is available on the website. All conversions must be EPA and/or CARB certified. The applicant must agree to provide the Propane Education and Research Cuncil (PERC) with a season's worth of mower performance and fuel usage data in exchange for the incentive. For more info contact Alison Dimond or click here.

Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies, is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2013/2014 academic year. This program, sponsored by the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. Under the program, up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public-sector airport-related aviation issues during the upcoming academic year. Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited North American institution of higher learning during the 2013/2014 academic year. Candidates in Master's and Doctoral programs will be evaluated separately. Successful papers will be presented at the January 2015, TRB Annual Meeting; and exceptional papers could be published in a subsequent TRB Transportation Research Record. Applications are due 5/30/13. For more info contact Larry Goldstein or click here.

MIT Energy Initiative Poster Competition

MIT's Energy Initiative is seeking posters from graduate students working in any discipline who are engaged in research that addresses energy-related climate change adaptation and/or mitigation for the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This is a national competition. Finalists will be invited to present their work at the Symposium in September, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. The winner will receive a $5,000 award, presented by a prominent woman involved in clean energy, and the symposium will provide a tremendous opportunity for networking. The deadline for applications to submit a poster for consideration is 6/1/13. For more info contact MIT Energy Initiative or click here.

VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is soliciting applications for projects that will improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.

The Bike/Ped Program provides funding for either the scoping or design/construction of the following facilities:

- Bicycle lanes (on-road facility delineated with pavement markings and signs)

- Complete Streets Project Intern

- Shoulders (generally a minimum of 3-feet wide to accommodate bicyclists)

- Sidewalks

- Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands

- Pedestrian signals

- Improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

- Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians)

- Pedestrian-scale lighting (not likely to rank highly as a standalone project, but eligible as a project component)

Projects may be combinations of any of the above facilities. Projects with the following emphasis will be considered favorably:

- Facilities that address a documented safety concern such as a high crash location

- Connectivity to other bicycle and pedestrian facilities

- Proximity and access to and within village centers and downtown areas

- Facilities that serve multiple uses e.g. access to businesses, residences and schools

Applicants must attend a training session on one of two available dates; Monday June 3rd (1-3 PM) and Wednesday, June 5th (6-8 PM). All proposals due 7/26/13. For more info contact Jon Kaplan or click here.

FREE 8-Hour First Responder Safety Online Training for Electric Drive Vehicles

Not all firefighters are able to participate in classroom-based training due to location, cost, and time constraints. Because of this, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is exited to announce a limited number of firefighter scholarships to obtain FREE online Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training. The NAFTC's award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including:

- Hybrid Electric Vehicles

- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

- Battery Electric Vehicles

- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Participants in the self-paced, eight-hour Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure advanced electric drive vehicles. Participants will also complete online modules for personal protective equipment and gear, crash and fire, and extrication.

For more information click here


Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Public Transit Section is offering grants to municipalities to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go Vermont Program (www.connectingcommuters.org). VTrans will provide a $500 grant to participating municipal energy committees. Go Vermont is a web-based clearinghouse for all transportation modes in Vermont, featuring an automated carpool, vanpool and public transit matching service, a vanpool program, information for State Park and Ride locations, and a link to "511" traffic conditions. The project objectives are as follows:

-Broaden Go Vermont outreach efforts

-Build relationships with local committees and advocates

-Identify local and regional transportation priorities and activities

-Increase traffic to the Go Vermont website and tools (www.connectingcommuters.org)

-Focus regional and local initiatives and advocacy efforts.

-The ultimate goal of this program is to increase program awareness, carpool registrations, numbers of van-pools and general activity on the Go Vermont website.

For more information contact Ross MacDonald or click here.

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