The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, promotes sustainability through resource conservation, pollution prevention, and research efforts. The Center's current research activities are focused on industrial pollution prevention, energy conservation, biofuels, and water quality, use, and reuse. In pursuit of its mission, ISTC administers a Research Grant Program which provides funds to universities, industrial groups, not-for-profit organizations, and the consulting community to advance the state of knowledge in areas of sustainability, pollution prevention, energy generation and conservation, and environmental issues of importance to the State. Usually six to ten new research projects receive funding each year, depending on monies available, the strength and relevance of the proposals, and importance to the most pressing sustainability problems in Illinois.
Each of ISTC's new funding cycles begins with a focused solicitation identifying issues of special interest to the State. The proposal request has been concluded.