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Funding Opportunity: Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2021

Sponsor: NSF, DOE, & National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Title: Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2021 (EFRI-2021), NSF 20-614
Deadline: LOI (required) due: December 09, 2020
  Pre-Proposal (required) due: January 05, 2021
  Full Proposal (required) due: April 19, 2021
Funding range: Up to $2,000,000 covering a 4-year period of performance.
Topics: At minimum, 1 PI and 2 Co-PIs will participate. Interdisciplinary research encouraged, particularly for E3P applications. At minimum, 1 tenure or tenure-track PI must hold a faculty appointment within a College of Engineering. Topics are as follows…


Topic 1: Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM): Applicants must address Research Thrust 1 and at least one of Thrusts 2 and 3:

Research Thrust 1: Fundamental Chemical and Physical Transformations of Matter.
Research Thrust 2: Process Integration and Advanced Manufacturing.
Research Thrust 3: Process Modeling, Optimization and Control.

Topic 2: Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P): Applicants must address at least two of the three research thrusts below:

Research Thrust 1: Depolymerization of plastic materials.
Research Thrust 2: Valorization of plastic materials and plastic-derived molecules.
Research Thrust 3: Processes, methods, and tools that advance a circular economy for plastics.