Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for its Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management grants program.

The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and 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 (e.g., extended producer responsibility, recycling goals, carbon legislation, bottle bills, etc.).

Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more than $500,000, with the average grant about $160,000.

Proposals will be accepted from institutions anywhere in the world. Applications from non-academic institutions will be considered provided the principal investigators are well qualified to conduct the research; typically, principal investigators should be a full-time faculty member at an academic institution, a postdoctoral employee, or a principal/senior person at a non-academic institution.

Some topics may require approval before a pre-proposal will be considered. Pre-proposals must be received no later than January 6, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Visit the EREF website for complete program guidelines, including a list of topics requiring approval before pre-proposal, information about past grantees, and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

Faculty interested in submitting an application for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Eric Reinhard ( in Penn State’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR). As the foundation relationship managers for the University, the CFR team is a resource for you in philanthropic grant-seeking.



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