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The New York state government has announced $5 million in funding for research and development of clean energy technologies by tertiary institutions.

The $5 million will fund projects by New York colleges and universities with the aim to lower their carbon footprint, reduce energy use and improve resiliency both on campus and within the surrounding communities.

The funding will be distributed as part of the Energy to Lead 2020, the third of the fourth rounds of the Energy to Lead initiative.

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Projects will be awarded between $500,000 and $1.5 million to conduct their two or four-year research and development initiatives which will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Projects that reduce dependence on natural gas will be awarded additional points during proposal evaluation.

Proposals will be accepted through 20 February 2020. The first two rounds of the competition awarded a total of approximately $6 million to six education institutions.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, said: "We're incentivising clean energy innovation to create more jobs and opportunities throughout the state to ensure a cleaner environment and stronger economy for future generations. This new round of the competition will continue to advance our renewable energy goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help combat climate change." The initiative is part of efforts by New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050.