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Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge Grant Program


Governor  Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly are  working to  position Maryland as an industry leader in renewable energies such as offshore wind. Governor O’Malley and  the legislature introduced and enacted "The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013" (http://governor.maryland.gov/wind.asp) to further those aims.  Offshore wind energy is viewed as a positive economic development associated with supply chain and infrastructure investment, and job creation for the State. The Governor worked to ensure that the merger of Exelon and Constellation Energy provided commensurate public benefits to Maryland.  Among the commitments resulting from that process, a one-time research funding opportunity is made available to Maryland’s public higher education institutions for research related to the deployment of offshore wind energy in Maryland.

This grant program, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and guided by the technical expertise of the Maryland Energy Administration aims to harness the vision, expertise and ambition of Maryland’s higher education research community by supporting efforts to establish new or enhance existing expertise and capacity in offshore wind energy research, technology development, and deployment. Applicants are encouraged to propose research projects to further the deployment of offshore wind energy in Maryland. Refer to the full FY 2014 Request for Proposal (RFP) document posted below for more information.


Important Announcement!

On November 12th, an academic forum briefing will be held from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for the recipients of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge Grant (MOWER) . The grant recipients will present their research topics and discuss-- findings to date; synergies; ideas for project extensions; and possible future funding sources. Businesses and visiting academic representatives are encouraged to attend, comment and network.

The MOWER Academic Forum takes place at the Pier 5 Hotel, 711 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21202.  Attendees can register for the Forum or the entire conference at the website listed above. The cost for the MOWER Academic Forum is just $40 and includes lunch. 

FY 2014 Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge Grant II (MOWER II)
Request for Proposals

Maryland's public two- and four-year higher education institutions are invited to submit a proposal for a one-time research grant to support the deployment of the offshore wind energy in the State. Awards will range from $150,000 to $600,000 in support of two-year research projects. Two or more awards are anticipated.

The following upcoming webinar will be conducted to support proposal development.

MOWER II Webinar - Technical Assistance
March 14, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Please register for MOWER II Webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7266964075427797506. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Proposals are due April 14, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.
Submit proposals to:

Melinda Vann
Director, Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10
th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201


Refer to the RFP and associated documents below for more information.

FY 2013 Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge Grant

Revised Grant
Project Period
Interim Report # 1
Due Date
Interim Report # 1
Due Date
Final Narrative &
Financial Budget
Reports Due Date
August 20, 2013 -
August 20, 2015
May 20, 2014 January 20, 2015 November 20, 2015
FY 2013 Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge RFA
FY 2013 Budget Form
FY 2013 Offshore Wind Energy Research Challenge RFA
FY 2013 Budget Form
Mower I Interim Report (DOC) Mower I Interim Report (PDF)
Mower I Interim Budget Report (XLS) Mower I Interim Budget Report (PDF)
MOWER_13_Project_Abstracts (DOC) MOVER FY2013 Project Abstracts (PDF)

Offshore Wind Energy Challenge Technical Assistance Meeting FEB 28 PowerPoint

Offshore Wind Energy Challenge Technical Assistance Meeting Invitees

Maritime Applied Physics Corporation Presentation (PPT) and (PDF)

Presentation by Mr. Dirk Scheelje, Ministry of Science and Education of the German State of Schleswig-Holstein

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Research Topics (PDF)

For more information contact Melinda Vann at mvann@mhec.state.md.us or Ross Tyler at RTyler@energy.state.md.us

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