Environmental Research & Education Foundation: Sustainable Waste/Recycling Management Project Awards

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation works to advance scientific research and create educational pathways that enable innovation in sustainable waste management practices.

To that end, EREF invites applications for projects and research related to sustainable solid waste management practices, such as waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products (including waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other thermal or biological conversion technologies); strategies that promote diversion to better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling. Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more than $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000 over two years.

EREF defines solid waste to include municipal solid waste (e.g., residential, commercial, institutional); construction and demolition debris; certain industrial wastes (e.g., exploration and 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.).

Pre-proposals will be accepted starting from fifteen days prior to the deadline date and up to the close of business (5:00 p.m. ET) on December 1, 2021. Pre-proposals must be received during this window to be considered. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Eligible applicants include U.S. or non-U.S. based institutions, and proposals will be accepted from non-academic institutions provided the principal investigators are qualified to conduct the research. PIs may include full-time faculty at academic institutions, post-doctoral employees, and principals or senior personnel at non-academic institutions.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.