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Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation’s long term goal is to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increases sustainable solid waste management practices. The Foundation’s definition of solid waste includes: municipal solid waste (e.g., residential, commercial, institutional); construction and demolition debris; certain industrial wastes (e.g., exploration and production waste, coal ash); and other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public not included in the above items (e.g., electronic waste, disaster debris).

Proposed projects must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:

  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products, including the following technologies: waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other thermal or biological conversion technologies
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics)
  • 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.

Amount: Grants range from $15,000-$500,000 and average around $160,000. The typical project duration is about two years.

Eligibility: Any U.S. or non-U.S. institution is eligible to apply. Principal investigators (PI) must be qualified to do the work proposed and should be experts in the subject matter referenced in the pre-proposal/proposal. Typically this would include full-time faculty at academic institutions, post-doctoral employees, and principals or senior personnel at non-academic institutions. Proposals will be accepted from non-academic institutions provided the principal investigators are qualified to conduct the research.

Link: https://erefdn.org/research-grants-projects/how-to-apply-for-grant/

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