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Hanover Research Supports Landmark $160M Grant Win for Louisiana State University from NSF Engines

Hanover Research helped Louisiana State University win a highly competitive NSF Engines grant to stimulate Louisiana’s energy industry and workforce. 

In 2022, the CHIPS and Science Act authorized wide-ranging federal investments in American technology infrastructure, scientific research, and workforce development, effectively mobilizing cross-sector efforts to “poise U.S. workers, communities, and businesses to win the race for the 21st century. One of the largest initiatives created through the CHIPS Act was the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) program, aimed at supporting cross-sector coalition efforts to create regional “innovation ecosystems.” 

The Challenge

As an elite research university with deep relationships across public and private sectors, Louisiana State University (LSU) embarked on an ambitious initiative with more than 50 partners to develop a proposal for the National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) competition. The coalition sought to position Louisiana as a global leader in energy transition, requiring significant advances in innovation, commercialization, workforce development, and large-scale collaboration. To ensure the best possible submission for this highly competitive grant, LSU sought expert consultation and proposal development support. 

“NSF Engines represent one of the single largest broad investments in place-based research and development in the nation’s history — uniquely placing science and technology leadership as the central driver for regional economic competitiveness.” 

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, U.S. National Science Foundation 

The Solution

Hanover provided dynamic support for this multi-faceted grant development effort, from the initial planning and design phase to the creation and polishing of proposal submission materials. Drawing on her background in public policy mediation, Hanover Managing Grants Consultant Dr. Kristina Weaver helped to facilitate engagement with 100+ stakeholders to shape the project’s vision and design, while securing decisions and data to craft a competitive proposal. A deeply collaborative effort involving many contributors, Hanover played a pivotal role in shaping the winning application. Hanover’s support included: 

  • Project Design: Consultation for initial planning and design phase  
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Design and facilitation of stakeholder engagement to gain actionable input from dozens of coalition participants  
  • Proposal Support: Creation, revision, and review of proposal submission materials  
  • Expert Consultation: Ongoing consultation to inform strategy and approach 

By teaming up with our partners across the state in education, industry and government, we are leveraging the intellectual capital of our state’s best and brightest to make a difference for the energy industry and for the people of every parish in Louisiana.”  

 —LSU President William F. Tate IV 

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The Outcome

LSU was awarded up to $160 million for the Future Use of Energy in Louisiana (FUEL) project, the largest grant ever awarded by the National Science Foundation. FUEL will focus on energy transition and decarbonization of Louisiana’s industrial corridor, engaging a state-wide coalition of universities, community and technical colleges, state agencies, and industry and capital partners to advance use-inspired R&D, technology commercialization, and workforce development to accelerate energy transition.  

“This culminating effort is trajectory-changing for energy transition research, commercialization and workforce initiatives in Louisiana and all organizations involved.” 

LSU Associate Vice President for Research and Principal Investigator for FUEL Andrew Maas 

Hanover Research provides winning grant proposal development support for bright minds at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College


Large Four-Year Public Research University


Baton Rouge, LA


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