2022 CISTAR Year 5 NSF Renewal Site Visit Recap

CISTAR welcomed team members from the four partner institutions, industrial member representatives, and the National Science Foundation Site Visit Team (NSF SVT) to Purdue University for the center’s first in-person meeting in over two years. As a precaution CISTAR Fellows, advisory board members, and some NSF SVT members participated virtually to limit the total number of people in attendance.

Group photo of the CISTAR teamMitch Daniels addressing the group CISTAR welcomed team members from the four partner institutions, industrial member representatives, and the NSF Site Review team to Purdue University for the center’s first in-person meeting in over two years. However, in-person attendance was limited as a precaution and CISTAR Fellows, advisory board members, and some NSF reviewers virtually participated in the meeting activities.

The meeting kicked off on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, with remarks from the following leaders at Purdue University to thank the NSF SVT and share Purdue’s support and commitment to CISTAR:

“If it wasn’t clear to people five years ago how absolutely essential it was to capitalize on the breakthroughs that created the shale revolution and the availability of lower carbon fuels in great abundance surely, it is now that this has become a geopolitical urgency,” President Daniels said. “The work on which this project has embarked on, we think is as important as anything going on at our university or frankly in other places.”

Over the next two days, CISTAR’s leadership team presented their progress and answered questions from the site visit team (SVT).  As part of the review process, the SVT met with the Industrial Advisory Board and Student Leadership Council and attended a virtual poster session with CISTAR Fellows – all of which aids the SVT when evaluating the center.

Upon the conclusion of the meeting, leadership was provided with valuable input to make the center even stronger and received positive feedback from the SVT. The SVT report indicated their recommendation to NSF for the continuation of CISTAR's funding. With this recommendation, the renewal proposal can now go through the necessary NSF channels to receive the second award of the ERC.