Environmental Sustainability

Incentive Type:Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Research
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body:National Science Foundation
What’s it worth?:$300,000

The Environmental Sustainability program is designed to promote sustainable-engineered systems that are compatible with natural environmental systems to support human well-being. Prioritized research areas include:

  • Industrial ecology
  • Green engineering
  • Ecological engineering
  • Earth systems engineering

Engineering principles should drive these research proposals in an environmental sustainability context. Projects are required to include both graduate and undergraduate students. The program is not limited to the prioritized research areas, innovative aspects of social, behavioral, and economic sciences are also welcome to apply.  

Awards typically start at $300,000 with over $7 million funds available for allocation. 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)