The Environmental Research and Education Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for its Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management grants program.
The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling. Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include economic or cost/benefit analyses; feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies; life-cycle analysis or inventory; and analyses of policies that relate to the above (e.g., extended producer responsibility, recycling goals, carbon legislation, bottle bills, etc).
Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more than $500,000, with the average amount roughly $160,000.
EREF does not discriminate against any party, for any reason, that responds to this request for proposals. Proposals will be accepted from outside the U.S. and from non-academic institutions, provided the principal investigators are well-qualified to conduct the research. While postdoctoral personnel can be listed on a submitted proposal, they cannot be listed as a principal investigator.
Pre-proposals must be received no later than June 1, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
See the EREF website for complete program guidelines, information about past grantees, and application procedures.