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The SUNRISE research project will:

  1. Conduct research to provide long-term sustainable energy, chemical, and material products;
  2. Develop clean technologies that can improve economic development in North Dakota;
  3. Increase North Dakota research capabilities in sustainable energy, chemicals, and materials;
  4. Produce graduates qualified to work in emerging clean technology industries all within a unified, interdisciplinary program that translates fundamental research into commercial solutions.

The primary vision of SUNRISE researchers is that all stages of the research, development, and commercialization process must be incorporated into a unified program. This requires interdisciplinary teams and allows fundamental research results to be effectively and efficiently translated into commercially viable solutions when appropriate.