Green Chemistry Grants: Petroleum Research Fund, American Chemical Society (2015)

Green Chemistry Grants: ACS Petroleum Research Fund – The primary objective of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is to promote advance research in green chemistry by promoting funding, increasing opportunities, and developing information on the benefits of green chemistry to international students.

General Introduction: ACS PRF research grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. Membership in the American Chemical Society is not a requirement or a factor in awarding ACS PRF grants.

While the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) does not have a specific category of green chemistry research, several green chemistry projects have been supported by PRF. The program welcomes applicants with high quality fundamental research in the petroleum or fossil fuels fields which may have a “green” focus.

The Petroleum Research Fund is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.

ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction. The investigator should not have published or received financial support from another funding agency for the proposed research. Also, proposals that the ACS PRF Advisory Board feels are a logical extension of an investigator’s previous research may be denied as “not a new direction.”

Since the first ACS PRF grants were approved in 1953, several grant programs have evolved to serve segments of the scientific community, including “new investigator” grants and grants to support researchers in departments that do not award doctoral degrees.

 

Scope of the Fund

Proposals must be for fundamental research in “the petroleum field,” which is defined in our founding document as “petroleum, natural gas, coal, shale, tar sands and like materials.” Fundamental research encompasses the properties of these materials, whereas the petroleum industry undertakes “applied research,” which is outside the scope of ACS PRF. See our list of Research Topics that are supported and not supported by ACS PRF.

 

Committee Discipline and Areas of Research Support
1 Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Organic synthesis, including organic and organometallic reagents and catalysts, and
asymmetric synthesis.

2 Geochemistry

Isotope, organic and sedimentary geochemistry, marine geochemistry, and
diaqenesis.

3 Inorganic Chemistry

Coordination and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, small soluble
clusters, new ligands, main group, transition metal, and lanthanide and actinide
metal chemistry.

4 Physical Organic Chemistry

Reaction mechanisms, kinetics, photochemistry, organic radical chemistry, reactive
organic species, enzymes in non-aqueous media working on petroleum substrates.

5 Surface Science

Surface phenomena and reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, and characterization of
surfaces directly relevant to petroleum and petroleum products.

6 Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry

Theoretical chemistry, quantum/statistical mechanics, and molecular dynamics;
optical, laser, ultrafast, and mass spectroscopies: and qas phase reactions.

7 Polymer Science

Synthesis, characterization, and properties of polymers and organic materials
derived from petroleum sources.

8 Geology and Geophysics

Stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, geomorphology, structural geology, and
qeophysics.

9 Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Engineering studies including process and operations control and design, fluid flow
and multiphase flow dynamics, and related computations.

10 Materials Science

Synthesis, characterization, bulk properties and solid-state chemistry of materials
directly relevant to petroleum, or to conversion of petroleum and petroleum products.

  • Grant Types
  • Information for principal investigators on grant programs and eligibility criteria.

 

Program Description Eligibility Submission
Deadline
Research Grants for Doctoral Departments
New Directions (ND) Grants for new directions
in research
Faculty from Ph.D.-granting colleges and
universities
Next window:
February 8, 2016 to
March 11,2016.
Doctoral New
Investigator (DNI)
Starter grants for new
faculty
Faculty from Ph.D.-granting departments
within the first 3 years of their first
academic appointment
Next window:
February 8, 2016 to
March 11,2016.
Research Grants for Non-Doctoral Departments
Undergraduate Research
(UR)
Grants for undergraduate
faculty
Faculty from non-doctoral departments Next window:
February 8, 2016 to
March 11,2016.
Undergraduate New
Investigator (UNI)
Starter grants for new
faculty
Faculty from non-doctoral departments
within the first 3 years of their first
academic appointment
Next window:
February 8, 2016 to
March 11,2016.

Information for Applicants
If you are thinking about submitting a proposal, please read this first.

Grantees: Manage Your Grant
Information and forms for grantees to manage PRF grant requirements.

Reviewers
Information for peer reviewers asked to evaluate proposals submitted to PRF.

Contact Us
ACS PRF Staff.

 

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Deadline: See the table above

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