American Chemical Society Petroleum Research


American Chemical Society


ACS Petroleum Research Fund


The American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. 

Research Grants for Doctoral Departments:

New Directions (ND)

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. For complete ND details see New Directions (ND) Grants.

Amount: $110,000 over two years

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI)

The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. For complete DNI details see Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants.

Amount: $110,000 over two years


ND: Faculty from Ph.D. granting colleges and universities. For complete eligibility requirements see ND Eligibility Criteria

DNI: Faculty from Ph.D. granting departments within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment. For complete eligibility requirements see DNI Eligibility Criteria

Funding Availability

For both grants, $110,000 for a two-year period. 

Indirect Costs

No overhead costs may be charged.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

The proposal is due to ACS by March 15, 2019 at 5:00 EST.  Please review the information for applicants for important information about applying.

For Questions, please contact

ACS Contact: By email at or by phone 202-872-4481.

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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