The ACS Office of Research Grants will be accepting proposals for Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grants to support fundamental research in the petroleum field from noon September 19 to 5 p.m. EDT on October 14, 2022. Proposals must be directed to fundamental petroleum research including fundamental research related to petroleum-derived materials in one of ten specified subject matter areas. However, please note that while the PRF Trust imposes certain restrictions, PRF currently funds many topics of current interest in sustainability and green chemistry. These include, for example, new catalysts and upgrading/utilization of methane and carbon dioxide. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact a PRF program officer or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding areas of supported research.
Grant programs are available for new professors beginning their first tenure track position, and also for established tenured or tenure track professors pursuing a new research direction. Separate grant programs are available for qualified professors in non-doctoral departments. Further, in a recently approved change, the eligibility period for Undergraduate New Investigator Grants in non-doctoral institutions has been extended to 5 years from beginning date of first tenure track appointment. Please note that PRF has moved to a new data system. The new system will allow applicants to enter the proposal information previously included in downloaded forms directly through the web-based portal.
The PRF is an endowed fund managed by the ACS that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries. In 2021, the ACS PRF awarded 169 research grants totaling approximately $17 million.