Information for Applicants

ACS PRF grants provide "seed money" to enable an investigator to begin a "new direction in research" in petroleum-relevant science. This brief overview outlines areas of supported fundamental research, grant types and amounts, proposal formatting, and budget limitations.

How to Submit a Proposal

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a PDF file suitable for submission to ACS PRF through our Internet Grant Application Web portal. Download the step-by-step instructions.

A checklist of common errors, which make a proposal uncompetitive or outside the scope of ACS PRF.  Download the checklist of common errors.

Writing Competitive Proposals  

This document outlines information provided by our Program Managers to diverse audiences with suggestions for writing a proposal which has the best chance of being funded.

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Historical Information  

The Petroleum Research Fund was originally established as a Trust by seven major oil companies in 1944. The Trust document specifically defines the "petroleum field" which may be supported by ACS PRF research grants. Download the Trust Agreement.

The PRF Trust was dissolved in 2000, and the assets were transferred to the American Chemical Society. This document outlines the terms and legal limitations under which ACS manages these assets, and provides research grants. The "petroleum field" definition is the same as that in the 1944 PRF Trust. 
Download the Transfer of Trust Agreement.