Center-to-Center (C2C)

The Center-to-Center (C2C) Mechanism at NSF’s Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) provides supplementary funding for ERCs to encourage collaborations with international organizations with overlapping goals.

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CISTAR has teamed up with two research centers in Brazil: the Center for Innovation on New Energies (CINE) and the Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Innovation (RCGI)as part of the C2C grant to collaborate on critical research and enhance educational opportunities in the area of hydrocarbon processing. The C2C is made possible with supplementary funding from NSF, and the Brazilian Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the foundation that supports research in the state of São Paulo.

All three centers have similar goals, but each has distinct, yet complementary, approaches. The teams are able to share their expertise in these relevant research areas with the broad goal of lowering the global carbon footprint as the technology and infrastructure is developed for renewable energy sources. 

Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders Summer Graduate Certificate Program

1.pngThe three centers engage graduate students in collaborative research projects through team meetings, presentations, training, and mentoring. The summer graduate certificate program, Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders (GIGEL) was created by CISTAR’s DCI director, Dr. Driscoll, to address the diversity and culture of inclusion goals outlined in the C2C grant. In addition, the GIGEL program was offered to provide a virtual intercultural learning opportunity for CISTAR graduate students after several years not being able to travel in-person because of COVID-related travel restrictions. Read more about the program outcomes after the first session was offered earlier this year.


Claudio Oller (USP professor) giving a seminar at the University of Notre Dame during his recent visit in October 2022. 


CISTAR's Alex Dowling (University of Notre Dame) touring São Paulo with Pedro Gerber Machado (post-doc) and Celma Oliveira Ribeiro (USP professor).