Grants and Contracts

Over the last 15 years, from 2006 to 2021, the Energy & Environment program has been awarded $3.82 million in grants from a variety of private sponsors, as well as from state and federal agencies. These grants have supported important policy-relevant interdisciplinary research and initiatives on topics as wide-ranging as educational investments in Appalachian coal communities to solar markets, to invasive species.

Contracts are also frequently awarded to the Center's faculty and fellows to complete targeted research on areas of specific interest to sponsors. Some, but not all, of the contracts are included below.

If you have any questions about any of these projects, or if you are interested in partnering with the Center's highly motivated team of experts, please contact the Center at bakercenter@utk.edu.



Energy & Environment


Calibrate and Assist with Implementation of a Used Vehicle Model for the MA3T Model

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Benjamin Leard and David Greene

Award Period: 4/16/21 to 12/31/22

Enhance Energy and Environment Microeconomic Simulation Models to Better Inform Decision-Making

Sponsor: Resources for the Future, sub-award from Sloan Foundation

PI: Benjamin Leard

Award Period: 7/2/20 to 9/30/21

Novel Radioactive Materials

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 9/21/20 to 9/30/23

State Energy Policy Council

Sponsor: State of Tennessee

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 9/16/19 to 6/30/21

Actinium Complexation (for Cancer Treatment)

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 11/1/19 to 5/31/20

Novel Molecules and Thin Film Materials Containing Radioactive Elements

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 1/1/20 to 7/31/20

To Conduct an Examination of the Economic Impact of UCOR on The State of Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - UCOR - URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

PI: Matthew N Murray

Award Period: 11/4/19 to 5/11/20

Assistance Designing a Used Vehicle Model for and Developing Methods to Incorporate Loss Aversion into ORNL's MA3T Model

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/4/19 to 10/31/20

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) - Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Sponsor: Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 9/1/19 to 8/31/21

Causal Impacts of Coal Employment and Coal Production on Local Funding Support for Elementary and Secondary Education

Sponsor: West Virginia University (WVU)

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 7/1/19 to 9/30/20

Hazen, ERC Planning Grant

Sponsor: US - NSF - National Science Foundation

PI: Terry Hazen

Award Period: 5/30/19 - open

Support to NREL's Research and Analysis for the California Energy Commission

Sponsor: DOE - NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 9/19/16 to 9/18/19

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Systems Analysis Support

Sponsor: DOE - NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 9/19/16 to 9/18/18

Sloan Foundation Energy and Environment program

Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 1/15/19 to 1/14/21

Ecosystem Services in the Northern Rockies

Sponsor: USDA - Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station (MRS)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 7/28/16 to 6/1/21

Community-level Management of Human Health Risks from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) with Defensive Natural Capital Investments

Sponsor: East Carolina University (ECU)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 5/1/18 to 7/31/20

Estimating the Impacts of the 2025 Fuel Economy and GHG Standards on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: Energy Foundation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/1/16 to 5/31/17

Vehicle Markets and Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 6/29/17 to 6/15/18

UTIA Subcontract USDA-AFRI 2017

Sponsor: USDA - NIFA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

PI: Paul Armsworth

Award Period: 5/22/17 - open

To Quantify the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in the Cumberland Region

Sponsor: Cumberland Region Tomorrow

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 4/1/17 to 12/31/17

An Economic Analysis of the Coal Industry Ecosystem in Appalachia

Sponsor: West Virginia University (WVU)

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 10/1/16 to 12/31/17

Reconciling Methods for Measuring US Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 6/29/16 to 12/31/16

A Hedonic Analysis of the Economic Value of Open Space in Tennessee

Sponsor: Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 4/1/16 to 8/31/16

Economic Analysis of the Effects of the CAFE/GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: Energy Foundation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 3/1/16 to 8/31/16

Decomposition Analysis of the Effects of the CAFE/GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 2/16/16 to 9/30/16

Apex Clean Energy Project

Sponsor: Apex Clean Energy

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 12/10/15 to 2/29/16s

Predicting Fuel Economy to Support Vehicle Purchasing Decisions

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 7/14/14 to 3/31/16

To Conduct an Examination of the Economic Impact of UCOR on Anderson, Knox, and Roane Counties and the State of Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - UCOR - URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 5/4/15 to 10/15/15

Technical Support to Enhance the LAVE-Trans Model and Estimate Costs of Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 2/16/15 to 9/30/15

Planning Tools for Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infratructure

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 10/17/14 to 6/30/15

To Examine Coal Mining and Tourism as Engines of Economic Development for Tennessee

Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 8/1/14 to 12/31/14

Economic Impact on the State of Tennessee of The Uranium Processing Facility

Sponsor: DOE - Y12 - BWXT Y-12

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 5/28/14 to 10/31/14

Technical Support to Enhancement and Use of the Oil Security Metrics Model

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 5/7/14 to 9/30/14

What is Happening in the World? Reviews of Community-Based Best Practices

Sponsor: Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

PI: Bruce Tonn

Award Period: 5/1/14 to 2/28/15

Energy Data Collection and Performance Calculation

Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

PI: Sally Peretz

Award Period: 1/1/14 to 5/31/14

Technical Review of Clean Cities' Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Projects

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Award Period: 3/7/13 to 7/1/13

Tennessee Solar Summit

Sponsor: Pathway Lending

PI: Sally Peretz

Award Period: 4/10/13 to 4/11/13

ARRA: Electric Vehicle Symposium

Sponsor: Pathway Lending

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 4/1/13 to 5/31/13

The ICCT e-Drive Model: Phase 3

Sponsor: The International Council on Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/30/12 to 7/31/13

Matching Funds for Rooftop Solar Challenge: Inducing Market Transformation in Tennessee

Sponsor: US - OIG - TVA - Tennessee Valley Authority

PI: Bruce Tonn

Award Period: 2/15/12 to 2/14/13

Distinguished Fellow on Energy Policy

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Alan Lowe and Robert Shelton

Award Period: 7/18/07 to 7/17/12

The ICCT e-Drive Model: Phase 2

Sponsor: International Council On Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 12/15/11 to 12/31/12

Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment

Sponsor: Solar Energy Industries Assoc

PI: Carl Pierce

Award Period: 9/1/11 to 11/15/11

US-European Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Robert Shelton

Award Period: 3/23/11 to 9/30/12

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Motor Vehicle Electrification in California

Sponsor: International Council On Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 8/6/10 to 8/31/11

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation

Sponsor: The Pew Charitable Trusts

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 1/1/10 to 12/31/10

Research and Analysis for Hydrogen Systems and Vehicle Technologies

Sponsor: DOE - SC - ANL - Argonne National Lab

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 10/1/03 to 7/31/20

Rooftop Solar Challenge: Inducing Market Transformation in Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - US Dept. of Energy

PI: DOE - US Dept. of Energy

Award Period: 2/15/12 to 8/31/13

White Paper on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure in Support of DOE Quadrennial Energy Review

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 5/27/14 to 9/30/14