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Funding Opportunity: Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

Sponsor: NSF
Title: Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Sys. (ECO-CBET); 21-527
Deadline: Pre-proposal Deadline: February 11, 2021 (5:00PM Local)
  Full Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2021 (5:00PM Local)
Funding range: $1,500,000 – $1,700,000 (4-year duration); No cost share
Topics: ECO-CBET will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible. Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from highly interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage dialogue and tightly integrated collaborations wherein the chemical process systems, transport phenomena, and bioengineering communities engage with environmental engineering and sustainability experts to spark innovation and arrive at unanticipated solutions. Furthermore, training the future workforce to successfully engage in discipline-transcending research will support continued innovation toward surmounting the complex environmental and sustainability challenges facing our global community. Process science and engineering includes all programmatic interests of the NSF (ENG) Division of CBET. These interests are outlined in the “core” program descriptions:


  • Chemical Process Systems (CPS) Cluster:
    Catalysis, Electrochemical Systems, Interfacial Engineering, and Process Systems, and Reaction Engineering & Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Biology and Health (EBH) Cluster:
    Biophotonics, Biosensing, Cellular & Biochemical Eng., Disability & Rehabilitation Eng., and Engineering of Biomedical Systems
  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (EES) Cluster:
    Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, and Nanoscale Interactions
  • Transport Phenomena (TP) Cluster:
    Combustion and Fire Systems, Fluid Dynamics, Particulate & Multiphase Processes, and Thermal Transport Processes