So Hirata, Professor of Chemistry and Alumni Research Scholar, has been named a Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The RCSA is the nation's oldest foundation for science advancement. The fellowship is awarded through Scialog®, a major new research initiative. This multi-year grant program accelerates the work of 21st-century science by funding early career scientists (either individuals or multi-disciplinary teams) to pursue transformative research, in dialog with their fellow grantees, on crucial issues of scientific inquiry.
The Scialog Fellows announced today are the second group of Fellows honored by the foundation. An initial group of 13 grant recipients was announced in 2010. All of the Fellows received grants for research in solar energy conversion of either $100,000 for individual researchers or $250,000 for qualifying teams of researchers. The grants fund innovative research that has transformative potential for rapid translational application and development by business and industry communities. They are designed to jump-start and accelerate research in the hope that federal and private funding sources will then move the further development of this research and its applications forward. The topic was chosen because reliable domestic sources of renewable energy are critically important for U.S. security, global stability and an environmentally sustainable economy.
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