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Environmental Engineering


Tuesday, October 20, 2015


The Environmental Engineering program supports fundamental research and educational activities across the broad field of environmental engineering. The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activity, into land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include:Environmental engineering implications of energy and resource consumption - Focus on conversion of wastes into value-added materials and energy, reduction of energy/water demand for environmental technologies, and the impact of energy and transportation processes on the environment.Availability of high quality water supplies - Develop innovative biological, chemical and physical treatment processes to meet the growing demand for water; investigate processes that remove and degrade traditional aqueous contaminants, remediate contaminated soil and groundwater, and convert wastewaters into water suitable for reuse; investigate environmental engineering aspects of urban watersheds, reservoirs, estuaries and storm water management; investigate biogeochemical and transport processes driving water quality in the aquatic and subsurface environment.Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, and soils - Investigate the fate, transport and remediation of potentially harmful contaminants and their degradates such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and insecticides, perchlorates, endocrine-disrupting compounds, and fire retardants and their degradates. (Please note that research concerning the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials should be submitted to the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology program.)Any proposal investigating sensors, materials or devices that does not integrate these products with an environmental engineering activity or area of research may be returned without review.NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (1440) with the Proposal Title as: ‘SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'. See SusChEM - New NSF Emphasis Area. Likewise for proposals involving sustainable engineering.The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The average annual award size for the program is $110,000. It is recommended that a Principal Investigator requesting a substantially higher amount than this consult with the Program Director, to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

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