Foundation / Corporation
Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)
05/01/19 Close of Business (5:00 PM ET) Receipt
Grants to USA, Canada, and International research institutions for studies addressing sustainability in solid waste management practices. Applications related to certain topics are required to request approval at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Research topic areas include recycling, waste minimization, conversion to energy and other products, waste diversion, and landfilling.
The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry in the United States, and many companies, municipalities, and states have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how waste streams are being managed. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.
It should be noted that EREF defines solid waste to include:
-Municipal solid waste (e.g. residential, commercial, institutional)
-Construction & demolition debris
-Certain industrial wastes (e.g. exploration & 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).
-Agricultural wastes (that aren’t handled by the waste industry), nuclear waste, and land applied wastewater treatment sludge are generally not included in this definition.
Research Topic Areas:
Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:
1. Waste minimization
3. Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies: Waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, other thermal or biological conversion technologies
4. Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis-driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above.
Including Educational Objectives/Efforts in Research Proposals:
Pre-proposals do not need to contain specific or direct educational objectives. There is no special consideration given to proposals when such objectives are included. If the proposed research includes substantial efforts related to education, these may be deemed an educational project.
Grants are typically not provided to support the development of educational projects. However, collaborations or partnerships with entities seeking to develop educational materials for sustainable solid waste management, including conferences or events, which advance the Foundation’s educational mission may be considered. It is preferred that this be done with EREF being a primary stakeholder/partner in the event and that utilizes a revenue model that covers expenses for the project.
List of topics requiring approval:
-Development of life-cycle/process models to evaluate solid waste
-Evaluating specific applications of pyrolysis/gasification to manage niche/minor waste streams
-Development of specific gasification/pyrolysis techniques or technologies
-Using algae to create biofuels from waste
GrantWatch ID#: 170682
Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000. It should be noted that proposed research in excess of $300,000 should contain sufficient details that justify the need for the higher than average amount requested.
Typical project durations are about 2 years. It should be noted that proposed research longer than 3 years should contain sufficient details that justify the need for the longer project duration.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit pre-proposals online here:
If requiring approval prior to submitting a pre-proposal, email a project description to:
Environmental Research and Education Foundation
3301 Benson Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
P: (919) 861-6876
F: (919) 861-6878
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