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The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are:
The New Directions Grants Program aims to stimulate a new direction of research for established faculty, and to support the careers of their student scientists and engineers.
The New Directions (ND) grants program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited—or even no—preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, who intend to use the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies. ND grants are to be used to illustrate proof of concept/feasibility. Accordingly, they are to be viewed as seed money for new research ventures.
A "new research direction" is something different from previous research performed by the lead principal investigator (lead PI). But, it may involve a field of science or engineering in which others are already working. Therefore, the proposed research should not be in the same direction as—or overlap with—current projects in the lead PI’s research group. Excluded from consideration will be
Preliminary results and/or communications are not required.
One co-principal investigator (co-PI) is permitted on an ND grant proposal. The proposed research does not have to be a new direction of research for the co-PI. However, the co-PI must meet all other eligibility criteria as if he/she were the lead PI, and provide the same information requested of the lead PI in the application. The lead PI (who should be denoted as such) and his/her institution (designated as the grantee institution) would subcontract the co-PI through the co-PI’s institution. Any number of collaborators may participate on the project. However, no funds from the ND grant may be used to support the collaborators or their respective students.
Amount: $100,000 over 2 years.
Estimated number of grants awarded: ~ 100 each year.
ACS PRF Research Grants are made to non-profit institutions for regularly-appointed scientists whose research may be sponsored in accordance with the ACS PRF Transfer Agreement:
The recipient (ACS) shall use all funds exclusively for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the ‘petroleum field,’ which may include any field of pure science which in the judgment of (ACS) may afford a basis for subsequent research directly connected with the petroleum field.
Note that fundamental research is required as opposed to applied research or methods development. When submitting an application, you will be asked to select athat PRF supports.
The PRF New Directions grant program is not a source of funding for ongoing, extant research projects. Rather, it is designed as a source of funds for new concepts and new projects for the lead PI and his/her research group. The lead principal investigator must demonstrate to the PRF Program Managers, Advisory Board members, and to the external scientific and/or engineering reviewers that this is an entirely new research direction from what the lead principal investigator has done to date. Proposals that are considered to not be a “new direction of research” will be denied without external review, or may be rejected by the PRF Advisory Board. In addition, poorly crafted proposals that are deemed to be “noncompetitive” will be denied without external review.
All proposals will undergo a compliance check for the following required elements:
Regularly-appointed faculty members at academic institutions in countries where ACS PRF can administer grants are eligible. Certain other long-term scientific appointments may be eligible. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Generally, the above criteria are automatically met by tenured or tenure-track principal investigators. If you or the co-PI are not tenure-track, you should attach a brief statement to your application describing your appointment. You must include a Department Chair’s letter affirming that you meet all three of the eligibility criteria cited above. Read more aboutfor ND Grants. Please contact the appropriate Program Manager, if you have questions about your eligibility for this research grant program.
The PRF Advisory Board makes relative rankings of proposals and recommendations for funding on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance):
The Advisory Board strongly suggests that at least 60 percent of the total proposal budget be devoted to support the education and training of students (undergraduates, graduate stipends and tuition remission, and/or postdoctoral fellows). If you have any questions about allowable budget allocations, please contact the appropriate Program Manager before submitting a proposal. For proposals that are funded, the budget becomes part of the grant agreement. Revisions to the grant budget can only be made with prior approval of ACS PRF.
Amount: Proposals must request $100,000 for a two-year period. The total $100k budget may be divided among years according to the needs of the project. The normal ACS PRF budget year extends from September 1 through August 31.