Call for Proposals


Funding Period: Y13: 7/1/2018 – Y14: 6/30/2020
Due date:  June 1, 2018.  5-page limit.
$80,000 per year. Two Awards Expected.

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) is a NSF founded engineering research consortium headquartered at the University of Minnesota, with one common goal – to change the way fluid power is researched, applied and taught.  Our partner institutions are leaders in fluid power research and education. The CCEFP is a network of academic researchers, educators, students and industry working together to transform the fluid power industry—how it is researched, applied and taught. CCEFP is organized around three thrusts of improved efficiency, compactness, and effectiveness. The CCEFP’s education and technology program is designed to transfer this knowledge to diverse audiences—students, users of fluid power, and the general public.  The CCEFP fills a void in fluid power research that existed for decades. Until the Center was established, the U.S. had no major fluid power research center. Fluid power researchers, who were previously disconnected, are now linked through the CCEFP. Any US academic institution is eligible to apply provided they comply with requirements noted in this solicitation.

It is CCEFP policy to fund research projects that align well with its stated mission, vision, and research strategy. Please reference the CCEFP Strategic Research Plan.  Other determining factors for funding are whether the project addresses fundamental pre-competitive research barriers or is responsive to CCEFP industry members’ needs identified in the NFPA Technology Roadmap.  Because of limited funding this CCEFP Call for Proposals will be limited to hydraulic components and systems for off-highway vehicles.

It is a requirement that participating institutions limit their indirect overhead rate to 10% maximum for any awarded project. It is highly recommended that Principal Investigators get approval from their institution for this requirement before submitting a proposal. Please note that all CCEFP Y13-Y14 (FY2018-2020) projects will be funded by pooled industry funds through the CCEFP Research Consortium Collaboration Agreement. There are no tangible benefits awarded to industry supporters. Rather they are able to volunteer to serve on the CCEFP Industrial Engagement Committee (IEC). Intellectual property discovered by research funded under this program is wholly owned by the inventing university without any further contractual restrictions.

The IEC is the CCEFP oversight committee. It is comprised of experienced industry technology leaders. One key responsibility of the IEC is to review all research proposals and provide the CCEFP Director with a recommendation for funding. The IEC recently identified their top priority areas for research project proposals. These are:

  • Improving hydraulic components and systems for off-highway vehicles where fluids are considered a component and noise an attribute of hydraulic systems. 

June 1, 2018        Proposal Deadline
June 22, 2018        Deadline for IEC to review and recommended funding
June 30, 2018        Awardees are notified and funded projects announced
July 1, 2018         Y13-Y14 projects begin

To be considered, a completed Project Proposal and a signed CCEFP Research Project Awardee Memorandum of Agreement must be received through the online application system by 6/1/2018.

A project proposal template is provided for your assistance in preparing a quality response. A project budget is not required for a proposal submission, but will be required prior to award.  Additional letters of support and references are not included in the 5-page proposal limit.

All proposals will be reviewed by the CCEFP leadership and the IEC by 6/22/2018. Notification of project awards will be released by 6/30/2018. Questions may be directed to Mike Gust.

Any US college or university is eligible to apply. As noted above participating universities must agree to limit indirect overhead to 10% maximum. All project funding will be capped at $80,000 maximum per year. Projects with strong industry support or additional sources of funding will be viewed positively when making final funding decisions.

Awarded projects will be reviewed periodically to ensure progress is being achieved but one of the most important deliverables is the education of the students associated with these projects. Project funding will be affected only under the most extraordinary of circumstances. Residual funding left over after the project award period ends must be returned unless approved by CCEFP Director.

Selected projects will receive two years of funding provided the Principal Investigator (PI) agrees to by the progress, participation and deliverable requirements outlined in the CCEFP Research Project Awardee Memorandum of Agreement