Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



ND Energy facilitates interdisciplinary research in energy-related areas at the University of Notre Dame by providing proposal preparation and award management services to Notre Dame faculty and associated researchers. ND Energy staff are available to consult with faculty and associated researchers at every stage of the proposal and award process.


  • Identify FOAs/RFPs relevant to PI’s core expertise.
  • Assist with identifying and building internal and external collaborations.
  • Coordinate proposal writing activity – gathering information, organizing meetings, timeline, etc.
  • Write the non-technical sections of the proposal in accordance with the FOA Guidelines.
  • Read the technical and non-technical sections of the proposal and make suggestions for improvements in accordance with the FOA Guidelines.
  • Read and comment on any revisions made to the proposal.
  • Gather the Current and Pending and CV for each of the PI’s.
  • Prepare the internal budget and budget justification in accordance with the FOA Guidelines.
  • Provide a letter of support from ND Energy and/or from the SEI CORE Research Facility as required.
  • Prepare or coordinate the completion of sponsor forms.
  • Provide a final checklist of items that need to be included for the PI to ensure completeness.

Ginger Sigmon, Managing Director, 574-631-6247,
Ian Lightcap, Senior Scientist, 574-631-1493,
Anne Berges Pillai, 574-631-9106,
Barbara Villarosa, 574-631-4776,   
Jennifer Pavlick, 574-631-2416,


  • Consult with faculty to assess outreach needs and opportunities within the scope of research and make suggestions for connections with existing programs.
  • Develop new education and outreach programs to address specific requirements of the “broader impacts” of the research proposal.
  • Write or provide descriptions of outreach opportunities for the “broader impacts” section of the proposal to include existing programs such as the RET in Sustainable Engineering, K-12 outreach programs, community events, laboratory tours, seminar speakers, lectureship series, conferences, and any new programs that are developed to address specific requirements of the research proposal.
  • Communicate, promote, and help execute existing and new education and outreach programs, including inviting speakers for seminars, lectures, and conferences and developing promotional materials such as articles, flyers, and posters.
  • Maintain a list of faculty interested in various outreach events to best match faculty interests to outreach opportunities.
  • Provide a letter of support for proposals from the Education and Outreach Coordinator as requested.

Consultant:  Anne Berges Pillai, 574-631-9106,


  • Manage all aspects of the grant budget, including tracking and projecting expenditures, identifying and reconciling anomalies, approving invoices, and requesting budget revisions and cost or no-cost extensions, interfacing with Notre Dame Research and Sponsored Programs Accounting as needed. 
  • Coordinate the hiring process of researchers on the project with appropriate department personnel.
  • Organize and coordinate regular group meetings to assess progress on the project.
  • Assist with quarterly progress reports and production deadlines by collecting data from researchers and subcontractors, organizing materials for review, and submitting quarterly progress reports in accordance with sponsor requirements.
  • Consult as needed with the PI and provide monthly reports on budget activities and areas requiring special attention.

Consultant:  Barbara Villarosa, 574-631-4776,