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Environmental Convergence Opp in Chem, Bioeng, Env, & Transport (ECO-CBET)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Science Foundation (NSF)


    Creating solutions to pressing environmental and sustainability challenges will require input and imaginative approaches from various fields, perspectives, and disciplines. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in their report "Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges," identified five critical challenges society must address:

    • Sustainably supply food, water, and energy
    • Curb climate change and adapt to its impacts
    • Design a future without pollution and waste
    • Create efficient, healthy, and resilient cities
    • Foster informed decisions and actions

    The report further states, "The challenges provide focal points for evolving environmental engineering education, research, and practice toward increased contributions and a greater impact. Implementing this new model will require modifications in educational curriculum and creative approaches to foster interdisciplinary research on complex social and environmental problems."

    This solicitation aims to address these grand challenges by supporting a collaborative research model that seamlessly integrates sustainability, environmental engineering, and process science and engineering.

    Accordingly, the Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation will support activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by uncovering and incorporating fundamental knowledge to design new processes, materials, and devices from a systems-level perspective.

    Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage conversations and robust collaborations amongst the chemical process, transport phenomena, bioengineering, and environmental and sustainability research communities such that unanticipated solutions may arise. Furthermore, training the future workforce to actively engage and be successful in interdisciplinary research will be necessary to continually innovate given the scope of the environmental problems faced by our global community.

    The 2020 fiscal year solicitation emphasizes research topics related to:

    • greenhouse gas mitigation
    • managing the nitrogen cycle

    Assuming sufficient funding is provided in the NSF budget, it is anticipated this competition will continue annually. Research topic priorities are subject to change in subsequent years


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    The interests are outlined in the "core" program descriptions:

    • Chemical Process Systems (CPS) Cluster
      • Catalysis (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505723&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Electrochemical Systems (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505725&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Interfacial Engineering (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505726&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505727&org=CBET&from=home)
    • Engineering Biology and Health (EBH) Cluster
      • Biophotonics (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505719&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Biosensing (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505720&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505721&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505718&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Engineering of Biomedical Systems (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505722&org=CBET&from=home)
    • Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (EES) Cluster
      • Environmental Engineering (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505692&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Environmental Sustainability (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505695&org=CBET&from=home)
      • Nanoscale Interactions (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505696&org=CBET&from=home)
    • Transport Phenomena (TP) Cluster
      • Combustion and Fire Systems (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505699&org=CBET)
      • Fluid Dynamics (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505698&org=CBET)
      • Particulate and Multiphase Processes (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505700&org=CBET)
      • Thermal Transport Processes (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505701&org=CBET)


    Christina Payne

    Christina Payne

    (703) 292-2895

    Bruce Hamilton

    Bruce Hamilton
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA 22230
    (703) 292-7066
    (703) 292-9054

    Steven W. Peretti

    Steven W. Peretti

    (703) 292-7029

    Catherine Walker

    Catherine Walker

    (703) 292-7125

    Robert McCabe

    Robert McCabe

    (703) 292-4826

    William Olbricht

    William Olbricht

    (703) 292-4842

  • Eligibility Details

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
    • Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

    Deadline Details

    Preliminary proposals are due September 19, 2022. Full proposals are due January 31, 2023. Similar deadlines are expected, annually.

    Award Details

    Awards are expected to range from $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 over four years.

    Budgets should be commensurate with the scope of the proposed research. Pending the availability of funds, awards have the potential to be renewed once for a total of eight years of support. Renewal of awards will be subject to a competitive merit review process.

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