Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants (BETR Grants): Why There Is a Need to Connect Efficiency to Federal Funding for Research at Universities

Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, University of Colorado Boulder

The I2SL University Alliance Group, in collaboration with federal colleagues, has been raising awareness about the missed opportunities to increase effective use of federal research dollars and minimize the environmental footprint of research through greening of federal grants. These opportunities include establishing shared equipment assets, improving lab space utilization to match actual need, and implementing best practices that minimize energy use, water use, and generation of solid and hazardous waste. Inefficiencies not only mean less money for actual research, they also mean greater costs to universities and the federal government in support of research, and a larger environmental footprint than necessary. With scientists facing increasingly difficult competition for federal funding, now is the time to address efficiency. This presentation will provide an overview and action that universities can take now to voluntarily incorporate measures for efficiency in grant proposals.


Kathy manages the CU Green Labs Program at the Univ. of Colorado-Boulder. She has 15 years of lab research experience where she recognized the need for a program to engage scientists in conservation. Through participation in I2SL, Green Labs Planning Group, & the DOE Better Buildings Alliance, she regularly collaborates & shares ideas with colleagues at universities & federal agencies. She chairs the I2SL University Alliance Group presently focused on connecting sustainability to lab finances.


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