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CBET announces new Environmental Convergence Opportunities

November 15, 2019

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems within the NSF Directorate for Engineering announces a new program, Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET). This program supports research 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. 

A key objective of the program 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, the program aims to train the future workforce to actively engage and be successful in interdisciplinary research, because such skills are needed to continually innovate given the scope of the environmental problems faced by our global community.

ECO-CBET will support compelling projects that reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from interdisciplinary research teams. For fiscal year 2020, awards are expected to range from $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 over four years. Each research team must be comprised of a minimum of one Principal Investigator (PI) and two co-PIs. Each PI is expected to contribute distinct expertise relevant to the program clusters of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. Where appropriate, PIs with expertise in manufacturing and/or social sciences should also be considered. 

See contacts, deadlines, and solicitation details in the program summary for Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) (NSF 20-517)

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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