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Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM)


New NSF Emphasis Area in the NSF-wide SusChEM (SEES) initiative 

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.

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.

Link to SusChEM - Dear Colleague Letter

CBET Contacts for this initiative include:

Barbara Karn
Program Director - Environment, Health, Safety of Nanotechnology (NanoEHS)
703-292-7949;   Cell: 703-340-4986;   bkarn@nsf.gov

Maria Burka
Program Director  Process and Reaction Engineering
703 292 7030; mburka@nsf.gov



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