American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund


American Chemical Society 


ACS Petroleum Research Fund


ACS PRF research 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. Membership in the American Chemical Society is not a requirement or a factor in awarding ACS PRF grants.

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

Application submission window

  • The submission window for ND will be from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 and the submitted proposals will be considered at the October 2021 ACS PRF Committee Meeting.


  • ACS will host a live Zoom webinar on the new application process at 1:00 pm EST on January 21.  To attend the webinar, please register here. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the PRF website.  


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

Indirect Costs

No overhead costs may be charged.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Proposals will be accepted via the ACS portal from noon February 15, 2021  to 5:00 pm EST March 12, 2021.  Once the submission window is open principal investigators can add information and save as they work through the application process.  They do not have to prepare an entire submission package before engaging the system.  An American Chemical Society (ACS) Network User ID which may be obtained free of charge is required to access the system.

For Questions, please contact

American Chemical Society
 PRF website

Office of Research

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

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