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The ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant (IRG) was established to provide seed funding for novel research which does not fit within the current TC research activities, but deemed to have the potential to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration engineering. The idea is to encourage out-of-the-box research to complement the research proposed and guided by technical committees. It is neither meant to supplement ongoing research nor support (partially or fully) the development or improvement of a commercial product. It is rather targeted to provide seed money to encourage 'blue sky research' that may otherwise not be funded initially through other means. The award carries a base grant of $50,000 per year for two years, with an additional $25,000 available in the third year if it is matched (cash or in-kind) by a third party contributor. The maximum award from ASHRAE would be $125,000 and the maximum available to the recipient would be $150,000. The third party must be engaged in activities related to ASHRAE's areas of interest. Pre-proposals should be submitted to ASHRAE Manager of Research and Technical Services (MORTS@ashrae.net) by December 15th 2017. Please visit the research page of the ASHRAE website at https://www.ashrae.org/research for more information on Innovative Research Grant program under the heading Research Grants and Awards.