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CCEE Second Round Call for Proposals

The CCEE seeks proposals to initiate Environmental Enquiry Groups (EEG) from all members of the faculties in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law and Marine Science.  In this cycle, the CCEE will support up to two EEGs and one EEG Developmental Workshops (EEG/DW).

  • EEGs are intended to promote interdisciplinary work in environmental or energy related research and teaching where concepts and intent are fairly well developed.  Successful proposals will demonstrate this prior development, the ability to engage broad participation (people and disciplines), and the likelihood that external funding for continuing the work can be identified and secured.  Following their completion, successful EEGs may also become eligible for additional funding through the Long-Term Environmental Quest (LTEQ) process. 
  • EEG/DWs are intended to support a creative process for the development of new areas of interdisciplinary work.  The scope of an EEG/DW proposal is meant to be broad, with a potential for continuing work on the EEG/DW topic following initial developmental funding.

Individuals or groups of faculty may initiate proposals; however, once approved, participation in an EEG or EEG/DW group will be open to all W&M faculty.  Up to ten individuals may be supported in each successful proposal.

Subject areas are open, however emphasis should be placed on the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed activity and demonstrated in the diverse interdisciplinary credentials of the potential participants. CCEE especially encourages proposals that provide unique opportunities for integrating natural sciences, law and policy, social sciences and the humanities in the development of innovative extramural research proposals.

Approved EEGs and EEG/DWs will be publicized university-wide, providing a broad opportunity for faculty to apply to participate in any of the funded enquiry groups or workshops. Groups may work on their projects either during the summer or the academic year; this work will include regular meetings and might involve discussions of readings, invited speakers, and most importantly, proposal development and writing.  Each EEG will submit a report the semester following completion that will include a list of participants, their goals, outcomes, references, proposed activities, potential funding sources, and, depending on the stage of development of the project, an external proposal for continued funding or a detailed statement of a proposal plan and expected target and date.  Support levels will vary with the proposal’s scope and participation.  As a general guideline support will be in the range of $15,000 for an EEG and $5,000 for an EEG/DW, depending on the size and scope of the proposed activity.  The Center will also consider support for one undergraduate intern working with an EEG group as part of the proposal budget.  The Center does not support faculty release time for EEGs or EEG/DWs, but will consider all other reasonable items within the scope of the proposal.

Proposals should be submitted electronically no later than July 1, 2013.  If you intend to submit a proposal, please notify Dennis Taylor at

 For complete proposal guidelines and online submission instructions, visit:

We strongly advise that you contact a member of the steering committee for advice on your proposal prior to submitting it to the CCEE: