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.



Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
            $8,000             WestFest

Center for Automotive Research
            $30,000           Student experiential learning programs

College of Engineering
            $2,000             Engineering Recharge Retreat
            $50,000           Women in Engineering

College of Social Work
            $10,000           LiFEsports Youth Leadership Academy

Department of Dance
            $10,000           National dance collaboration

Department of English
            $24,000           Scholarly research database

Fisher College of Business
            $30,000           Distinguished teacher fellows
            $30,000           Staff and faculty recognition awards

Kirwan Institute and Moritz College of Law
            $70,000           Virtual toolkit for community resilience

Office of Academic Affairs
            $200,000         Campus Student Sustainability Challenge

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
            $50,000           Create Education Abroad Access and Affordability Initiative

Office of Outreach and Engagement
            $900               Community Engagement Conference

Ohio State ADVANCE and Office of Research
            $50,000           REACH for Commercialization

School of Earth Sciences
            $24,000           Mirror Lake Water Science Learning Lab

School of Environment and Natural Resources
            $10,000           Campus bike parking at Kottman Hall
            $80,000           Ohio State forest research

School of Music
            $13,500           Music and Science Colloquium and Teaching Seminar

Institute for Materials Research
            $10,000           Annual Materials Week conference

Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory
            $70,000           Waterman Farm sustainable food-waste disposal

            $25,000           WOSU

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

            $25,000          Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

College of Arts and Sciences

            $50,000          Arts and Humanities

            $10,000          Ottoman and Turkish History Lesson Series

College of Engineering

            $50,000          Women in Engineering Program

Fisher College of Business

            $30,000          Distinguished Teaching Fellows

            $30,000          Distinguished Staff and Faculty Recognition Awards

Institute for Materials Research

            $10,000          OSU Materials Week

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

            $50,000          Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Energy and Environment

            $25,000          2018 Climate Engagement Forums

Office of Research

            $100,000       OSEP Research Seed Grant Fund in support of sustainable energy collaborations

Office of Student Life

            $50,000          Collegiate Recovery Community

            $20,000          Women on Fire Retreat

            $50,000          Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee

            $50,000          Student Projects Fund for energy projects that engage Undergraduates

            $60,000          Support for sustainability-related Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional student organizations

School of Environment and Natural Resources

            $50,000          Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) Program

The STEAM Factory

            $50,000          The STEAM Factory

University Libraries

            $100,000       Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum

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.

Application Instructions

The next application cycle will open on November 15, 2019. Please check back then to submit your proposal through the online portal.