get your collab-on
Heartwarming, like an ape kissing a Heston.
As they say on the big blogs, more like this please:
Leaders from the state's top research institutions signed a landmark agreement Wednesday to work together to develop and commercialize renewable-energy technology.
The Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory formed a "Collaboratory" aimed at making Colorado the renewable-energy capital of the nation.
Last year, state officials approved $2 million annually for three years to begin research and development while the partners seek matching federal and private funding. Any state funding would have to be repaid if the developments make money in private industry.
The state seed money "kind of jump-starts the efforts. There's nothing that motivates researchers and faculty like money," said CU-Boulder chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson.
The setup allows researchers to "take some chances" that could pay off with "significant gains," Peterson said.
Seems kinda odd the aforementioned hadn't been working together like that beforehand.