PRF Grant Programs

ACS PRF research grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. Membership in the American Chemical Society is not a requirement or a factor in awarding ACS PRF grants.

Information on PRF grants is available for:


Program Description Eligibility Submission Deadline
Research Grants for Doctoral Departments
New Directions (ND) Grants for new directions in research Faculty from Ph.D.-granting colleges and universities Next window: February 14, 2022 to March 11, 2022
Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Starter grants for new faculty Faculty from Ph.D.-granting departments within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment Next window: February 14, 2022 to March 11, 2022
Research Grants for Non-Doctoral Departments
Undergraduate Research (UR) Grants for undergraduate faculty Faculty from non-doctoral departments Next window: February 14, 2022 to March 11, 2022
Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) Starter grants for new faculty Faculty from non-doctoral departments within the first 5 years of their first academic appointment Next window: February 14, 2022 to March 11, 2022

Proposal Submission

We are not currently accepting proposals for the ND, DNI, UR, and UNI grant programs.

The next submission window will be from Monday, February 14, 2022 to Friday, March 11, 2022 and the submitted proposals will be considered at the October 2022 ACS PRF Committee Meeting.