The AIA has selected four 2009 Upjohn Research Initiative grants, here.
Each of the four grants deals at least tangentially with energy efficiency. Among the most interesting are efforts to create a Sustainability Index for urban developments and an Energy Efficiency Benchmark for Housing. The Responsive Field project, which involves temperature sensitive shape changing metal alloys, sounds a little too sci-fi but who knows, I guess superconductors and microchips sounded crazy at some point. All of these projects bear watching over the next 18 months.