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National Science Foundation Initiative to Encourage and Foster Research in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials

A new National Science Foundation initiative aims to encourage and support scientific research into sustainable projects for Fiscal Year 2015, and proposals for research projects are being welcomed. The Initiative to Encourage and Foster Research in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEm) includes the participating divisions of Chemistry (CHE); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Materials Research (DMR); Earth Sciences (EAR); and the Materials Engineering and Processing program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI).

Examples of research topics of interest in SusChEM include the replacement of rare, expensive, and/or toxic chemicals/materials with earth-abundant, inexpensive, and benign chemicals/materials; recycling of chemicals/materials that cannot be replaced; development of non-petroleum based sources of important raw materials; chemicals/materials for food and/or water sustainability; the elimination of waste products and enhancement in efficiencies of chemical reactions and processes; discovery of new separation science that will facilitate recycling and production of valuable chemicals/materials; and development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved properties.

Proposals are welcome from either multiple or single researchers. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by the different participating divisions are strongly encouraged. Such proposals should be submitted to the most relevant program in one division while identifying possible co-review programs in the other divisions (by listing the appropriate NSF units on the cover page). Proposals may be submitted in combination with other solicitations. For example, if there are strong collaborations with industry, the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation can be used in conjunction with this effort. Similarly, proposals may be submitted in combination with the CAREER or the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) solicitation. These proposals should be submitted to the appropriate solicitation and add SusChEM to the title (For example, SusChEM: CAREER: Name of your proposal). Other mechanisms such as EAGER may also be appropriate, but principal investigators are urged to check with program officers for additional guidance. For general questions about SusChEM, email the listed representative in the most closely relevant division.

To see examples of awards made under the SusChEM initiative in FY 2013, visit the NSF Award Abstracts Database (http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/), and enter ‘SusChEM’ in the ‘Search Award for:’ dialogue field. Alternatively, please visit the webpages of the disciplinary programs of interest in the participating divisions. Under each program, find the link to recent awards made in that program and look for those that contain ‘SusChEM’ in the proposal title.

For full details, visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14077/nsf14077.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.

Grants are integral to establishing "Gallaudet as the epicenter of research development and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity." A central component of Gallaudet University's mission is the enhancement of faculty and staff opportunities for creative and scholarly research and training. If you have a question about the grant-writing process or if you have an idea or concept and would like to discuss potential grant opportunities, please contact Audrey Wineglass Foster at audrey.foster@gallaudet.edu. 

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