Directorate for Engineering/NSF: Environmental Engineering

Deadline: February 20, 2014

The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to minimize or avoid solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges resulting from human activity into land, air, and inland and coastal waters, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program 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:

Environmental engineering implications of energy and resource consumption – Focus on conversion of wastes into value-added materials and energy, reduction of energy/water demand for environmental technologies, and the impact of energy and transportation processes on the environment.

Availability of high quality water supplies – Develop innovative biological, chemical and physical treatment processes to meet the growing demand for water; investigate processes that remove and degrade traditional aqueous contaminants, remediate contaminated soil and groundwater, and convert wastewaters into water suitable for reuse; investigate environmental engineering aspects of urban watersheds, reservoirs, estuaries, and storm water management; investigate biogeochemical and transport processes driving water quality in the aquatic and subsurface environment.

Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern – Investigate the fate, transport and remediation of potentially harmful contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and insecticides, endocrine-disrupting compounds, and fire retardants and their degradates. (Please note that research concerning the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials should be submitted to the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology program.)

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