Environmental Engineering

The National Science Foundation Environmental Engineering program encourages 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:

  • Enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies
  • Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soils

The duration of awards is generally one to three years and the typical annual award size is around $110,000 per year. 

Proposals are accepted between October 1 and October 20 annually.

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To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.
— Theodore Roosevelt