Research solicitations are intended for members of CAPER to form collaborative teams and submit research proposals that are consistent with the mission for CAPER which is to advance, develop and promote research related to the reliable and efficient management of the power grid, including modeling and analysis techniques for generation, transmission and distribution planning and operation with and without presence of renewable energy resources. Project proposals are expected to align with the stated five research theme areas:

•  Power Delivery Infrastructure and Systems

•  Power Utilization and Energy Efficiency

•  Power Generation, Storage and Integration

•  Data Management, Analytics and Security

•  Energy Policy, Markets and Economics

The formal Solicitation for New Research Projects was issued on December 15th, 2021 with a submission deadline of February 28 , 2022.

Submitted proposals shall follow the guidelines provided in the solicitation. Any questions related to the project proposals can be directed to the Center Director or any one of the Center Co-Directors noted below:

Center Director: Dr. Michael Mazzola – UNC Charlotte University

Center Co-Director: Dr. Johan Enslin – Clemson University

Center Co-Director: Dr. Badrul Chowdhury – UNC Charlotte University

Center Co-Director: Dr. Mesut Baran – NC State University

You may also contact officers of the Industry Advisory Board noted below:

IAB Chair: Klaehn Burkes – SRNL

IAB Vice-Chair: Andrew Clarke – Duke Energy

Center Steering Committee Chair: Steven Whisenant – Duke Energy

Prior to submitting a project proposal, it was suggested that researchers and industry members attend the Breakout Group Sessions held annually at CAPER’s Fall General Meetings to promote discussions between universities and industry for the generation of research topics. Please reference the Breakout Reports that are included in the 2021 Fall Meeting Highlights below for suggested research topics. Below are linked documents that will provide you with further direction and templates to be utilized for proposal submissions.  Proposals are due to the attention of Center Director, Dr. Michael Mazzola UNC Charlotte by February 28, 2022 and should be forwarded to


2021 CAPER Research Proposal Submittal, Review and Approval Schedule:


Action Items
November 3, 2021 2022 Research Planning Workshop
December 15, 2021 2022 CAPER Research Solicitation distributed
February 28, 2022 Proposals due to Center Director
March 6, 2022 Proposals reviewed by Center Steering Committee
March 13, 2022 Proposals reviewed and evaluated by IAB members
March 24, 2022 PIs notified on acceptance of proposal
March 26, 2022 Presentations made on selected proposals at General Meeting
March 26, 2022 IAB makes recommendations on Proposals to Center Steering Committee
July 24, 2022 Center Steering Committee makes final selections
July 29, 2022 Center Director notifies Project Leads of selected proposals
August 1, 2022

Funds for selected Projects are made available