2003 Environmental Technologies and Systems
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Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
In this solicitation, NSF and EPA are offering funds for fundamental and applied research in the physical and biological sciences and engineering that will lead to environmentally-benign methods for industrial processing/manufacturing; sustainable construction processes; and new technologies for pollution sensing and remediation. The competition addresses technological environmental issues of design, treatment, synthesis, processing, and energy conversion; environmentally conscious construction and disaster management; and the production, use, detection, and ultimate disposition of products in continuous and discrete manufacturing industries as well as in construction industries and in the environment.
There are two parts to this competition. Together they are designed to address pollution avoidance, prevention, treatment, and remediation processes and methodologies. They also support scientific and engineering research with potential long-term industrial and/or societal impacts. Under the Technology for a Sustainable Environment (TSE) part, research proposals are invited that advance the discovery, development, and use of innovative technologies and approaches to avoid or minimize the generation of pollutants at the source. In preventing pollution at its source, the life cycle of both materials and energy can also be considered. Under the New Technologies for the Environment (NTE) part, proposals are invited that explore new technologies that can be applied to environmental remediation, environmental sensing, and small drinking water systems.
NEW ASPECTS of this year's NSF/EPA Solicitation
- Combination of TSE and NTE into one overall solicitation with two separate deadlines
- Inclusion of Sustainable Construction Processes in TSE (Contact: Miriam Heller, NSF)
- Inclusion of Breakthrough Control Systems for Energy Conversion or Transportation Technologies under the Non-Reaction-Based Engineering portion of TSE (Contact: Paul Werbos, NSF)
- Inclusion of Environmental Sensing technologies in NTE (Contacts: Paul Werbos, NSF and Nick Clesceri, NSF)
- Treatment Technologies for Arsenic in Small Drinking Water Systems added to NTE (Contact: April Richards, EPA)
EPA National Center for Environmental Research (NCER)
The NSF/EPA Partnership
TSE Home Page (NSF)
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program