April 13, 2009

O'Neill Foundation Grant Will Keep on Giving

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Recent support from the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation will greatly enhance the ability of the Case Western Reserve University Great Lakes Energy Institute to secure significant funding for research, economic development, and education that focuses on the generation, storage, and distribution of sustainable energy.

The $25,000 capacity-building grant will help fund the establishment of a proposal developer who will be charged with improving the energy institute's ability to compete and win support for research and programs that advance the mission and vision of the energy institute—a multi-disciplinary center led by researchers at the Case School of Engineering.

"This grant from the O'Neill Foundation will significantly help us to both increase research dollars and make available the time and resources necessary to amplify our research activities and contend with the energy challenges of today," said Iwan D. Alexander, Ph.D., professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute. "We are grateful to the O'Neill Foundation for making it possible for us to effectively and efficiently continue to gain financial support as we work to help Ohio meet its energy needs through our research and partnerships with industry."

The proposal developer will serve as a liaison between the funding community and Case Western Reserve faculty across the university. With resources dedicated to identifying program and research opportunities and organizing and submitting winning proposals, the energy institute will be able to build momentum as faculty concentrate on their primary objectives of cutting-edge research and the development of innovative energy alternatives.

This latest grant to the energy institute builds on leadership funding from the Cleveland Foundation and the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland; governmental support at the local, state, and national levels; and individual support from alumni and friends.

"The O'Neill Foundation is committed to strengthening the vital infrastructure of not-for-profit organizations," said Leah Gary, president and CEO of the O'Neill Foundation. "We are proud to lend our support to the Great Lakes Energy Institute to improve its effectiveness and continue its groundbreaking progress."

The O'Neill Foundation is a private, family organization that renders support for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and educational purposes, furthering the philanthropic mission of its founders, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill. The foundation has a special focus on capacity-building endeavors and has supported activities across the Case Western Reserve campus for more than 15 years.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 13, 2009 11:46 AM | News Topics: Campaign, Case School of Engineering, Energy, Environment, Support Case, news

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