2019 Annual OSEP Awards

In 2017, the university and Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) entered into the comprehensive energy management partnership, launching an unprecedented energy efficiency program and establishing the university as an international leader in sustainability.

As part of its commitment to academic collaboration, OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council will engage the Ohio State community in a request for proposals that help advance important priorities across the university while also promoting inter-college and community collaboration.



Focus Areas

Priority will be given to proposals that align with one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Income Equality
  • Nine Dimensions of Wellness
  • Addiction
  • Arts & Humanities


In order to be considered, proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be submitted by a current Ohio State student, faculty member, or staff member
  • Must not focus on coal or political advocacy
  • Must align with the University’s Strategic Plan

Preference given to projects that engage the campus or broader community to promote internal and external collaboration.

Award Levels

We anticipate funding one or several projects at each of the following levels (with higher funding levels comes an expectation of more interdisciplinary and collaborative work):

  • $10,000 - $25,000
  • $25,000 - $50,000
  • $50,000 - $100,000
  • $100,000+ 

Dollars will be awarded on a one-time basis. Consideration may be given for an applicant to re-apply for further funds at the discretion of the committee.


The OSEP Academic Collaborations awards program follows a standardized process. Applicants are invited to submit an application for review. A detailed timeline is provided below:

November 15

Online portal opens for proposals.

January 14 (5 p.m.)

Proposal submissions due.

January 15 - February 28

The Energy Academic Collaboration Council reviews proposals and a short list of award winners is shared with OSEP for review.

April 1

Awarded proposals announced.