Student Projects

GridEd is undertaking an initiative to support undergraduate design projects with a focus on power engineering. This effort seeks to help students gain practical experience in developing an approach to design activities helping to prepare them to meet the future challenges of the evolving power system. For qualifying applicants, GridEd offers financial support (up to $5k per project) for undergraduate design projects meeting the following requirements.

Requirements for Award Consideration:

  1. Undergraduate design projects

    GridEd's awards will be made only for support of undergraduate design projects. Support for graduate or PhD student research or stipends for graduate assistance of undergraduate research will not be considered because the focus of the effort is on undergraduate experience in power engineering.

  2. Projects must come from an actively engaged Affiliate university of GridEd

    Awards will only be made to Affiliate universities of GridEd who are actively engaged in the GridEd initiative. Affiliate university status is available to any university, provided that a prerequisite for qualification as an Affiliate university is sponsorship by a utility or participant in GridEd. To learn more about becoming an Affiliate university of GridEd, please visit the GridEd website, click on the Members tab, then select Affiliates (http://grided.epri.com/affiliates.html ) or us at GridEd@epri.com

  3. Projects must be focused on power engineering related concepts

    GridEd seeks to prepare future power engineers and will only consider projects related to engineering challenges associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, or end use of electric power.

  4. A summary of the results must be submitted to GridEd and be made publicly available through a creative commons license

    Applicants must be willing to submit a summary of the results from the design project to GridEd within one year of award acceptance. The summary report (5 page maximum) must be made publicly available through a Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/) such that GridEd can disseminate project goals and findings to the broader industry.

  5. Ownership of the results are original to the authors of the work

    The authors are solely responsible for the design and results emanating from the award. EPRI uses tools to ensure original ownership and authorship of the work. EPRI is a nonprofit tax exempt 501c3 research institution. Selection of financial support is not an endorsement of the project or its results.

Application Process:

Proposals for projects which meet the above criteria may be submitted to GridEd at any time but must be submitted by Friday, October 14th, 2016 to be considered. To submit a proposal, complete the following proposal template and send an email to grided@epri.com by 5:00pm EDT on October 14th, 2016.

GridEd Undergraduate Design Project Proposal Template (168 KB)

Award Process:

GridEd will assemble a review committee comprised of personnel from EPRI and professors from participating GridEd universities to evaluate the qualifying* proposals based on the criteria below. Award notifications will be made by October 28th, 2016.

*Qualifying proposals must be submitted by the application deadline using the GridEd Undergraduate Design Project Proposal Template (see link above) and meet all stated requirements for award consideration. Proposal forms must be no longer than 3 pages.

Award Criteria:

  • Technical Merit: the project description sufficiently describes the design challenge and technical requirements necessary for successful completion. The proposed project scope is related to power engineering concepts which are expected to aid students in understanding the fundamental principles and overcome challenges associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, and end use of electric power.

  • Timeline: Projects must start within 6 months of the award date. GridEd will consider existing projects which are still seeking additional support. Projects may be short-term semester style initiatives or larger multi-year investigations. GridEd will make only one award per project per year based on available funding. Each awardee is expected to submit a summary of results to date (5 page maximum) to GridEd prior to graduation or within one year of award selection.

  • Budget: A budget breakdown of expected project costs related to the award funding must be provided. While total project budget may be any amount, GridEd will only make awards up to $5,000 in support of the project. Sufficient detail should be provided which describes why GridEd funding is needed and for what it will be used. Applicable expenses may include items such as (but not limited to) equipment for testing, materials for prototyping, costs for modeling, printing costs, conference fees, or student travel to conferences to present results. GridEd will not consider projects which plan to use award funding to support work study, stipends, or scholarships, including graduate student assistantships or PhD research.

    For questions related to GridEd's support of Undergraduate Design Projects, please contact us at GridEd@epri.com

Searching for relevant design project ideas and need data? EPRI's Distribution Modernization Demonstration (DMD) Initiative is seeking universities interested in solving data analytics problems related to the electric power industry. Please visit the DMD webpage related to this Data Mining Initiative (http://smartgrid.epri.com/DMD-DMI.aspx) or contact Jared Green (jgreen@epri.com or 865-360-7967) for more information.