Grants AwardedOur grants and awards reflect the diverse nature of the energy research community itself.
The scientific breakthroughs our world needs in energy are made possible by a diverse group of scientists, researchers, and educators. At ACS PRF, we offer a variety of grant programs to support a wide cross-section of the research community.
Grant Types Awarded in 2009
New Directions (ND) grants for research
This ACS PRF grant program usually funds proposals from doctoral departments. The fundamental research proposed must be a new direction for the principal investigator. ND grants are for two years, for a total award of $100,000.
Undergraduate Research (UR) in non-doctoral departments
UR grants are exclusively for faculty in departments that do not offer a doctoral degree. The fundamental research proposed must include support for undergraduate students, and M.S. students may also be supported. UR grants are $65,000 over a three-year period.
Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) starter grants for new faculty in doctoral departments
DNI grants are intended for new faculty members in Ph.D-granting departments in the United States who are within the first three years of a regular appointment as an Assistant Professor or the equivalent. DNI grants are for $100,000 over a two-year period.
Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) grants for new faculty in non-doctoral departments
UNI grants are intended for new faculty members at primarily undergraduate institutions in the United States who are within the first three years of a regular appointment as an Assistant Professor or the equivalent. UNI grants are for $50,000 over a two-year period.
Undergraduate Faculty Sabbaticals (UFS)
ACS PRF Undergraduate Faculty Sabbaticals are matching grants to support year-long, full-time, research sabbaticals for faculty at undergraduate institutions and non-PhD granting departments.
Supplements for Underrepresented Minority Research (SUMR)
The SUMR Scholar award is a supplement for existing ACS PRF research grants, intended to involve an undergraduate from an underrepresented minority group in a principal investigator's research project. Only current grant holders are eligible to apply. The purpose of the SUMR program is to offer a research experience for undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups. At the same time, this program offers ACS PRF grantees additional resources to further their ACS PRF-sponsored research.
Scientific Education Grants (SE)
The SE program assists with the travel expenses of foreign (defined as non-U.S. and non-Canadian) scientists who participate in major symposia in the United States or Canada. The symposium topic and the speaker's presentation must be "fundamental research in the petroleum field" to be eligible for support.