Environmental Chemical Sciences

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Research
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: National Science Foundation
What’s it worth?: Not mentioned

The Environmental Chemical Sciences grant opportunity was designed to fund research and development efforts of sustainable chemistry. These research efforts should attempt to gain an understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in the natural environment. To gain a better understand the environments under this program, project proposals should use basic research and transformative technologies to study:

  • Environmental surfaces and interfaces
  • Fundamental properties of water
  • Fundamental properties of water solutions

These studies should target environmental:

  • Processes
  • Dissolution
  • Composition
  • Origin
  • Behavior of molecular scale systems
  • Chemical reactivity
  • Application of theoretical models
  • Computational approaches to discover and predict environmental phenomena

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards approximately 11,000 grants every year typically range between $100,000 and $500,000. All applications must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website during target dates and before the deadline. To successfully submit on the website, applicants must also have a DUNS number, an identification number from the NSF, and SAM registration. Eligible participants include:

  • Universities & Colleges
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • State & Local Governments
  • Unaffiliated Individuals
  • Foreign organizations
  • Other Federal Agencies

Eligible applicants typically will submit a letter of intent expressing interest in the program and intention to apply; absence of a letter of intent will result in a rejection of a full proposal. After submitting a letter of intent eligible applicants will be invited to submit a preliminary proposal or full proposal depending on the history of the applicant and the information received from the letter of intent. A full proposal includes:

  • General Information
  • Certifications
  • Necessary Proprietary or Privileged Information
  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Summary
  • Table of Contents
  • Project Narrative
  • Supporting References
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Budget
  • Current and Pending Support
  • Available resources
  • Data Management Plan
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)