A key goal of InCEES is to foster institutional, regional and international research on the development and production of different forms of renewable energy and the exploration of sustainable environmental systems and practices.

InCEES is focused on increasing university-wide and external collaborative research and educational activities in the areas of energy, the environment and sustainability.

The hub of InCEES includes seven signature initiatives; a growing cadre of interdisciplinary researchers; and a growing curriculum support focus that has helped engage new instructors, develop new courses and provide experiential opportunities for students.

As part of its mission, InCEES awards seed funding to Washington University faculty undertaking research in the broad areas of bioenergy and sustainability through an annual call for proposals. Current awards have been given to faculty in Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Brown School, School of Medicine, and the Olin Business School.

105 projects have been funded since the program was launched in 2008, funding collaborations between more than 45 external organizations and 185 individual researchers. These projects have culminated in exhibitions, new patents, scholarly publications, new collaborations, and success in obtaining external funding to extend the reach and impact of the research projects.

Graph showing the vast network of researchers associated with InCEES

The network map depicts the intellectual connections between the InCEES researchers (nodes) and the broad research themes (hubs). It is important to note that this map specifically focuses on the individual research projects funded through the InCEES funding program and does not capture the complete breadth of each researcher’s professional pursuits.

Topics for Conversation

In October 2011, InCEES initiated “Topics for Conversation,” a series of discussion groups. These groups are small by design and meet periodically throughout the year. They consist of faculty from disparate disciplines, administrators, and community colleagues.

By drawing individuals together from diverse academic disciplinary backgrounds and professional interests, InCEES supports the creation of new collaborations and solutions to our current pressing environmental challenges.