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.

ProgramDescriptionEligibilitySubmission Deadline
Research Grants for Doctoral Departments
New Directions (ND)Grants for new directions in researchFaculty from Ph.D.-granting colleges and universities 5:00 PM ET, March 8, 2024
Doctoral New Investigator (DNI)Starter grants for new faculty Faculty from Ph.D.-granting departments within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment5:00 PM ET, March 8, 2024
Research Grants for Non-Doctoral Departments
Undergraduate Research (UR)Grants for undergraduate facultyFaculty from non-doctoral departments 5:00 PM ET, March 8, 2024
Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI)Starter grants for new facultyFaculty from non-doctoral departments within the first 5 years of their first academic appointment5:00 PM ET, March 8, 2024

Note: Starting with grants awarded in 2024, Departments of successful UR and UNI grant applications will be invited to apply for a competitive $25,000 of supplemental funding.  Supplements aim to enhance research activities, capabilities, and engagement at the department.


Proposal Submission

We are currently accepting proposals for  ND, DNI, UR, and UNI grants to be considered at the October 2024 ACS PRF Committee Meeting.  All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET Friday, March 8, 2024.   The Fall Submission window will be from Monday, August 12, 2024 to Friday September 6, 2024.