The Water Council has received a Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan a Resiliency Innovation Engine in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois addressing water and energy resiliency for manufacturers and utilities.
Formally titled Advancing Water & Energy Technologies for the Manufacturing & Utilities Sectors (WI, IL), Award No. 2304153, the project is part of NSF’s Regional Innovation Engine program meant to:
The Water Council and our partners have received a $1 million, two-year Development Award (Type 1) to prepare the region for a Regional Innovation Engine. At the end of the two-year cycle, we will apply for a Launch Award (Type 2) of up to $160 million over 10 years.
The world faces an urgent need to create a more resilient economy. Our goal for Wisconsin’s Resiliency Innovation Engine is to facilitate the solutions needed to enable manufacturers and utilities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through water and energy innovation, and to quickly scale those solutions for wider use by industry, government and other stakeholders.
Upon completion of the Type 1 award, we will have built a unified, integrated and comprehensive water and energy resiliency engine plan:
We will accomplish this through action steps during the two years of the grant including:
A. O. Smith Corporation Rockwell Automation
August Brown, LLC Sentry Equipment Corporation
BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. STEM Forward
Gateway Technical College The Business Council, Inc.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce University of Wisconsin-Madison
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Midpoint Ventures Urban League of Greater Madison
Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office WEC Energy Group
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
New North, Inc. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
NVNG Investment Advisors, LLC
To inquire about becoming a partner, contact Stacy Vogel Davis.
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