Energy for Sustainability

National Science Foundation announces the Energy for Sustainability program, which supports fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Research projects that stress molecular level understanding of phenomena that directly impacts key barriers to improved system level performance (e.g. energy efficiency, product yield, process intensification) are encouraged.

Proposed research should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes. All proposals should include in the project description, how the proposed work, if successful, will improve process realization and economic feasibility and compare the proposed work against current state-of-the-art. Highly integrated multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Current interest areas in sustainable energy technologies include:

Electrochemical Energy Systems - The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications for a more sustainable transportation future. 

Organic Photovoltaics - Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future organic PV devices (OPVs). Devices of interest include polymer and small molecule organic photovoltaics or dye sensitized photovoltaics for electricity generation.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest should read through the program summary for referals to other NSF programs.

Awards are typically one to three years, and range from $100,000 to $150,000 per year. 

Proposals are accepted between October 1 and October 20 annually.

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