The umbrella of I-CARES includes the following six signature initiatives, Tyson Research Center, Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP), Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) and the Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI). The University continues to invest significantly in these institutional resources to provide critical infrastructure for these endeavors.
Tyson was officially welcomed as a Smithsonian Institution Forest Global Earth Observatory. CCCU won a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop advanced oxy-combustion technology. MAGEEP contributed to the October 2014 McDonnell Academy Fifth International Symposium that addressed the role of great research universities in issues related to aging; food, water and climate change; energy and the environment; and public health. PARC successfully received renewal funding of $14.4 million to develop more efficient biohybrid and bioinspired systems for efficient utilization of solar energy. And the newest signature initiative, the WUCCI, was launched with workshops on public health and agriculture in the Midwest.