Deadline: March 17, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: American Chemical Society

Website: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/prf/programs.html

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. The Advisory Board requires that at least 40 percent of the total proposal budget be devoted to support the education and training of students.

Undergraduate Research (UR) Grants

The Undergraduate Research (UR) grants program supports the research programs of established scientists and engineers at non-doctoral departments and provides financial support for students at those institutions to become involved in advanced research activities, in preparation for continued study in graduate school or employment. UR grants are used to illustrate proof of principle, i.e., feasibility, and accordingly, are to be viewed as seed money for generating preliminary results that can be used to apply for continuation funding from other agencies. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue. Eligibility for a UR grant requires that a PI is in a department without a doctoral program, and that the students receiving stipends for the work to be done are undergraduates. Proposals must request $70,000 for a three-year period. The total $70K budget may be divided between the three years according to the needs of the project. The normal ACS PRF budget year extends from September 1 to August 31.

Eligibility Criteria

Regularly-appointed faculty members in a college or university department that does not offer a doctoral degree in countries where ACS PRF can administer grants are eligible. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The non-profit institution submitting the Type UR proposal must certify that each individual listed as a principal investigator on the cover page qualifies as a principal investigator under the institution’s policies.
  • In view of the long-standing goal of The ACS Petroleum Research Fund to give priority to support of students, the principal investigator must be eligible to serve as the formal, official supervisor of undergraduate students.
  • The terms of appointment of each principal investigator must promise reasonable continuity of service. The appointment should continue at least through the period of funding requested in the UR proposal.

Generally the above criteria are automatically met by tenure-track principal investigators. One co-principal investigator (co-PI) is permitted on a UR grant proposal. The co-PI must meet the same eligibility criteria as the lead PI, and provide the same information requested of the lead PI in the application.

Undergraduate New Investigator (URI) Grants

Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) grants provide funds for scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent careers in academia, have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, and to provide financial incentives for students at those institutions to become involved in research activities leading to employment or continued study in graduate school. The UNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle, i.e., feasibility, and accordingly, are to be viewed as seed money for generating preliminary results that can be used to apply for continuation funding from other agencies. Eligibility for a UNI grant requires that a PI is in a department without a doctoral program in the United States and that the students receiving stipends for the work to be done are undergraduates. Proposals request $55,000 for a two-year period. The total $55K budget may be divided among years according to the needs of the project. The normal ACS PRF budget year extends from September 1 to August 31.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible as a principal investigator for a UNI grant, the applicant must be a member of the faculty of a college or university within the United States; be within the first three years of their first academic appointment as a regular faculty member; have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. (however, an application may be submitted before the degree has been awarded); and be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The non-profit institution submitting the UNI proposal must certify that the person listed as a principal investigator on the cover page qualifies as a principal investigator under the institution’s policies.
  • In view of the long-standing policy of The ACS Petroleum Research Fund to give priority to support of students, the principal investigator must be eligible to serve as the formal, official supervisor of undergraduate students.
  • The term of appointment of the principal investigator must promise reasonable continuity of service. The appointment should continue at least through the period of funding requested in the UNI proposal.

Generally the above criteria are automatically met by tenure-track principal investigators. Finally, no co-PI can be involved but one or more collaborators can participate on the project.



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