The University of Louisville has announced a new award for game-changing work in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy is named after the late daughter of two of the major supporters of the U of L’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. It’s intended to recognize innovative work that will likely have a global effect, and carries a $50,000 award.

From the news release:

Nominations will be judged on factors such as economic effect, level of challenge, originality, creativity, scientific merit, commercialization and global impact on energy use and demand reduction. Organizers encourage nominations from scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, technologists, professional groups, publishers and university leaders.

The winner will be announced next fall, and will give a public talk on the winning project. Nominations are due March 1. For more information, click here.

Erica Peterson is WFPL's Assignment Editor.