NSF Funding Opportunities 2017

NSF, PD 17-7644 (Energy for Sustainability)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

NSF, PD 17-1407 (Combustion and Fire Systems)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to generate cleaner global and local governments, enhance public safety, improve energy and homeland security, and enable more efficient energy conversion and manufacturing.

Current topics of interest include:

  • Basic Combustion Science
  • Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy

Proposals related to the combustion of biomass, gasification, or the production of synthesis gas (syngas) should be directed to this program.

NSF, PD 17-7643 (Environmental Sustainability)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems.

NSF, PD 17-1403 (Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which includes also 1) Catalysis; 2) Process Separations; and 3) Energy for Sustainability. The goal of the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics program is to advance fundamental engineering research on the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, systems engineering and molecular thermodynamics as they relate to the design and optimization of chemical reactors and the production of specialized materials that have important impacts on society.

Proposals that focus on thermal catalytic or thermal noncatalytic biomass conversion and advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass should be directed to this program.

NSF, PD 17-1401 (Catalysis)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The goal of the Catalysis program is to advance research in catalytic engineering science and promote fundamental understanding and the development of catalytic materials and reactions that are of benefit to society. Research in this program should focus on new basic understanding of catalytic materials and reactions, utilizing synthetic, theoretical, and experimental approaches. Target applications include fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, environmental catalysis, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, conversion of greenhouse gases, and generation of solar hydrogen, as well as efficient routes to energy utilization.

NSF, PD 17-1417 (Process Separations)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The Process Separations progam supports research focused on novel methods and materials for separation processes, such as those central to the chemical, biochemical, bioprocessing, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries.

Research topics of particular interest include fundamental molecular-level work on:

  • Design of scalable mass separating agents and/or a mechanistic understanding of the interfacial thermodynamics and transport phenomena that relate to purification of gases, chemicals, or water
  • Design or improvement of mass separation agents or processes that are based upon, and advance, transport principles
  • Downstream purification of biologically derived chemicals for increased throughput
  • Field (flow, magnetic, electrical) induced separations and other innovative approaches that address a significant reduction in energy and/or materials requirements in the process industries

NSF, PD 17-1406 (Thermal Transport Processes)

Full proposal window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017

The Thermal Transport Processes progam supports engineering research projects that lay the foundation for new discoveries in thermal transport phenomena. These projects should either develop new fundamental knowledge or combine existing knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to probe new areas of innovation.

Some specific areas of interest include:

  • Convection/Diffusion/Radiation
  • Thermodynamics
  • Bio- Heat and Mass Transport
  • Nano-, Micro- and Meso-thermics

For More Information

Please contact BEI’s Kristin Doerder, kjandrsn@iastate.edu, if you are interested in an opportunity listed above.



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