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The Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation 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 members of the chemical process systems, transport phenomena, and bioengineering research 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, in the context of this solicitation, is broadly defined to include all programmatic interests of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering's (ENG) Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET). These interests are outlined in the "core" program descriptions:

Chemical Process Systems (CPS) Cluster

  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemical Systems
  • Interfacial Engineering
  • Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics

Engineering Biology and Health (EBH) Cluster

  • Biophotonics
  • Biosensing
  • Cellular and Biochemical Engineering
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Engineering of Biomedical Systems

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (EES) Cluster

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Nanoscale Interactions

Transport Phenomena (TP) Cluster

  • Combustion and Fire Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Particulate and Multiphase Processes
  • Thermal Transport Processes

While this solicitation is not restricted to a specific environmental engineering and sustainability research topic, the current solicitation emphasizes research topics related to curtailing climate change and mitigating the environmental impacts of climate change. Awards are expected to range from $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 over four years. Budgets should be commensurate with the scope of the proposed research. Pending the availability of funds, awards have the potential to be renewed once for a total of eight years of support. Renewal of awards will be subject to a competitive merit review process.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $8,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 5 to 6

Application Deadline: Preliminary proposals (required) due October 1, 2021; full proposals due January 31, 2022

Announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21596