by MARY GRACE DEJUCOS
Targeted News Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced that it expects to award a maximum of 16 discretionary grants for fundamental and innovative applied research for catalysis and biocatalysis.
The estimated total program funding available was cited as $8.2 million with a ceiling of $4.8 million.
This funding opportunity is open to any entity, such as state, county, city, township and special district governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; institutions of higher education; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally-Controlled Colleges and Universities; non-profits; for-profits; small businesses; eligible agencies of the federal government; and faith-based or community organizations.
A funding opportunity notice from the NSF states: "Proposals which receive funding in this Program may include any number of the following broad scopes: Catalyst Synthesis, Characterization, Behavior and Performance Kinetics and Mechanisms of Key Catalytic Reactions Catalysis at Surfaces or in Reactor Process Streams Synthesis and Fabrication of Component Materials and Catalyst Composites Modeling and Fundamental Studies of a Catalyst or Catalytic Process Catalysts and Studies for Renewable Energy Systems. These approaches apply equally to classical inorganic or carbon catalysts as well as to enzymatic or biocatalysts. Specialized materials synthesis procedures may be necessary to provide active catalysts in any of the studies. Applications-driven studies, such as Biomass conversion catalysis, Electrocatalysis and Photocatalysis, involving energy interconversion devices or systems employing catalysts are highly desired. Most studies will focus on the catalysis of one or more chemical reactions with products including molecules used for fuels, energy sources, feedstocks, fine chemicals, bulk chemicals and specialized materials. While proposals will be accepted in any of the above areas, national needs suggest heightened interest be given to proposals relating to processes and catalysts for conversions of biomass to fuels and chemicals, for development of renewable energy sources and for transition to green or environmentally benign products and processes. Submissions investigating unique nanoparticle or biomimetic catalysis are welcome. There is overlap in the energy topics with Energy for Sustainability Program, the Process and Reaction Engineering Program, and the Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering Program. Some guidelines may help you to decide which Program is the most logical for submission. If the Proposal centers on the enzymatic or inorganic catalysis aspect of the biomass or photocatalysis or electrocatalysis energy conversion process, or uses catalysis as the main tool for interconversion, please submit to the Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program. If the proposal focuses on biological and genetic aspects, consider the Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering Program. If the Proposal focuses on the reaction engineering aspects of the interconversion, submit to the Process and Reaction Engineering Program. If the emphasis is on the renewable energy system as a whole, or the sustainable aspects of renewable energy, submit to the Energy for Sustainability Program. Keep in mind that the involved program Directors will review the submissions and may transfer your proposal to give it the best review situation. Projects are coordinated and may be jointly funded with other CBET and NSF divisional programs. Proposals developing technology involving catalysis + separation or catalysis + reaction engineering or catalysis + renewable energy systems may be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis requesting that joint funding be explored. The Program has high interest in industry/university collaborations as outlined in the GOALI program. EAGER proposals are recognized as useful vehicles to ultimately develop full proposals. Support of undergraduates, workshops and travel are opportunities to further research goals. CAREER proposals are enthusiastically received. All of these activities have specific rules pertaining, and should be discussed with the Program Director prior to submission. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years."
The funding opportunity number is PD-14-1401 (CFDA 47.041). The application closing date is Feb. 20, 2014.
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