Donor Name: Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)
Funding name: Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Fund
Funding brief: The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) invites application for research grants on the management of solid wastes. Topics include waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, bio-fuels, chemicals, and other products; waste diversion to other uses; and landfills.
The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.
Research Topic Areas: Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:
● Waste minimization
● Waste conversion to energy, bio-fuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
● Anaerobic digestion
● 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, etc.)
● Land filling
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.
Topics Requiring Approval Prior to Pre-Proposal Submission: There are a number of topics that may require approval before a pre-proposal will be considered. Investigators who would like to propose a research topic where the primary objectives relate to the areas listed below should contact EREF to discuss the topic prior to submitting a pre-proposal. To do this, please email a description of the proposed research that is 1-page or less to email@example.com that requests review of the concept. This request should be made 2 weeks or more in advance of any pre-proposal deadline. If necessary, or upon request, the concept can be discussed via phone as well.
List of Topics Requiring Approval:
● Development of life-cycle/process models to evaluate solid waste
● Evaluating specific applications of pyrolysis/gasification to manage niche/minor waste streams
● Development of specific gasification/pyrolysis techniques or technologies
● Using algae to create bio-fuels from waste
Definition of Solid Waste Used in this RFP: It should be noted that EREF defines solid waste to include:
● Municipal solid waste (e.g. residential, commercial, institutional)
● Construction & demolition debris
● Certain industrial wastes (e.g. exploration & 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, etc).
Agricultural wastes (that aren’t handled by the waste industry), nuclear waste, and land applied wastewater treatment sludge are generally not included in this definition.
Deadline: EREF has two deadlines per year for pre-proposals:
● January 6
● June 1
Pre-proposals will be accepted starting from 15 days prior to the deadline date and up to the close of business (5:00 p.m. eastern time) on the deadline date. Proposals must be received during this window to be considered. If any of the above dates fall on a weekend, then the deadline will be the Monday following the due date.
Funding details link: https://erefdn.org/research-grants-projects/how-to-apply-for-grant/
Funding limit: Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000. Typical project durations are about 2 years. It should be noted that proposed research in excess of $300,000 or longer than 3 years should contain sufficient details that justify the need for the higher than average amount requested and longer project duration.
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Project duration: Typical project durations are about 2 years. It should be noted that proposed research in longer than 3 years should contain sufficient details that justify the need for the higher than average amount requested and longer project duration.
● Non-U.S. Institutions: There are no restrictions in regards to geographic location. Any U.S. or non-U.S. institutions are eligible to apply.
● Non-Academic Institutions: Proposals will be accepted from non-academic institutions provided the principal investigators are qualified to conduct the research.
● Multiple Institutions: Submissions may include multiple institutions.
Eligibility: 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.
Submission mail: N/A
Other important link:
● Form: https://erefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2016-Updated-EREF_Pre-proposal_Template.docx
How to apply:
● All pre-proposals shall be submitted through an online application found in the website(https://erefscholarships.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx#4371597136646D517975544F5976596D4E73384E69673D3D ). Mailed hard copies and email submissions will not be accepted.
Pre-proposals are now REQUIRED prior to submitting a full proposal using the pre-proposal template (https://erefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2016-Updated-EREF_Pre-proposal_Template.docx). All pre-proposals must adhere to the criteria noted and be submitted by the established deadlines. Pre-proposals submitted in response to this RFP that do not fit within the topic areas noted will not be reviewed.
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