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IIT’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) has announced the 2015 Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grants (ISFG) program award winners. Initiated in 2009, the ISFG program is designed to provide funding for a one-year period to support and enhance new and innovative multidisciplinary research concepts that are expected to attract major external funding in areas of national interest related to energy and sustainability. The following proposals topics and researchers were selected for funding:

--Peter Land, ARCH (PI) and Candace Wark (MMAE): "Moving Toward a Self-Powered Built Environment Using Wind Energy"

--Ivan Mutis, CAEE (PI), Ravi Srinivasan, University of Florida: "Adaptive Ventilation Management Cyber-System for Energy Efficiency in Buildings"

--Brent Stephens, CAEE (PI) and Rodger Cooley (ARCH): "Toward a Center for Sustainable and Efficient Urban Agriculture"

--Donald Chmielewski, ChBE (PI), Zuyi Li (ECE), Mahesh Krishnamurthy (ECE), Said Al-Hallaj (AllCell Technologies): "Phase Change Composite Material (PCCM) for Building Thermal Energy Storage"

With the addition of these new awards, a total of 19 projects will have been conducted under the auspices of the WISER ISFG Program. The 2015 projects are each funded at a level of $25,000 and will be completed by May 31, 2016.