ACS Petroleum Research Fund – New Directions (ND) Research Grant


American Chemical Society


Petroleum Research Fund – New Directions

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ACS PRF New Directions


The Petroleum Research Fund is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions generally in the United States and other countries. Grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction.  Excluded from this consideration will be: Lead PI’s who have had previous support or current funding for the project; and Proposals presenting ideas that are a logical extension of ongoing research from the lead PIs group. Fundamental research is defined as “petroleum, natural gas, coal, shale, tar sands and like materials” and encompasses the properties of these materials. 


Full-time Professors - tenure, tenure-track or emeritus.  If applicant is not tenure-track, a brief statement describing the appointment and a letter from the department head affirming that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Funding Availability

Proposals must request $110,000 over 2 years; approx. 100 each year.

Indirect Costs

Overhead costs are not eligible.

Project Duration

2 years for the period of September 1 to August 31 (the first grant period can be longer than 12 months but the start date must be the first of the month and end August 31 of the following year).

Special Notes

Lead PI or Co-PI may submit only one proposal per meeting, and may not hold more than one active grant at a time and only one New Direction grant will be considered  in a 12 month period. PI must keep the ACS PRF office advised of the status of applications for research support at other agencies while your proposal is under consideration by the ACS Petroleum Research Fund.


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

Internal Deadline

Principal applicant submits a completed OR-5 along with the full application package to:

External Deadline

Proposals can be submitted from September 14, 2015 to October 16, 2015. Principal applicant submits application as a single PDF file, using the proposal submission web site at:  (follow the Doctoral New investigator Link).

For Questions, please contact

American Chemical Society, Program Managers

Dr. Dean Dunn, - Geology/Geochemistry/Geophysics 202-872-4083,

Dr. Burtrand I. Lee, Surface Science & Materials Science, 202-872-6254,

Dr. Askar Fahr, Physical Organic Chemistry, and Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry, 202-872-6207,

Dr. Thomas Clancy, Polymer Science, Engineering, chemistry & Petroleum Engineering, 202-872-6093,

Dr. Nancy Jensen, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry, 202-872-6186,         

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Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
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519-824-4120 x56927

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