Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM)
New NSF Emphasis Area in the NSF-wide SusChEM (SEES)
Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) is a new emphasis
area in the family of programs in the NSF-wide Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)
initiative. As with all SEES programs, SusChEM proposals must advance science, engineering, and education
to inform societal actions aimed at environmental and economic sustainability. Proposals are expected to
take a systems-based approach to understanding, predicting, and reacting to change. The SusChEM initiative
specifically addresses the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply chains, engineering, production, and
environmentally benign use of chemicals and materials by design.
Fundamental research topics of interest in SusChEM include replacement of rare, expensive, and/or toxic chemicals
with earth-abundant, inexpensive, and benign chemicals; recycling of chemicals that cannot be replaced; development
of non-petroleum based sources of important raw materials; discovery of new separation science that will facilitate
recycling; and design of chemical processes to include recovering and recycling. Separation of critical
metals, separation of gaseous byproducts from biomass conversion, water purification techniques, and chemical
processes designed for zero waste are appropriate.
The amount of award for this initiative is from $300,000 to $550,000 - - depending on the number of investigators
and availability of funds.
“SusChEM” should precede the title in proposals submitted to programs in appropriate open
windows. Contact the program director before submitting.
SusChEM - Dear Colleague Letter
CBET Contacts for this initiative include:
Program Director - Environment, Health, Safety of Nanotechnology (NanoEHS)
703-292-7949; Cell: 703-340-4986; firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Director - Process and Reaction Engineering