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Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000  
Emerging Technologies

While emerging technologies now being developed and commercialized may result in useful applications, they can also have serious negative social, environmental and political consequences. That's why emerging technologies need precautionary assessment, regulation and oversight – including those that are fast tracked and marketed as "techno-fixes" or "green" panaceas to climate change and other crises.

CSF and WML focus on developments in three emerging and converging technologies in particular:

Nanotechnology – the creation and commercialization of tiny bits of matter (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter)
Synthetic biology – the design, manufacture and release of artificially created DNA
Geoengineering – intentional, large-scale climate manipulation through a range of methods  

Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Program

Deadline: September 10th, 2015  
Funding: $20,000  
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to support emeriti faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences.

The foundation's Senior Scientist Mentor Program is open to all academic institutions in the states, districts, and territories of the United States that grant a bachelor's degree or higher in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Faculty who received emeritus status on or before October 2015 and who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences may apply. Successful applicants are expected to be closely engaged in a mentoring relationship with undergraduate students. The evaluation will be based on both an assessment of the research proposed and plans for undergraduate participation in the research. An applicant's history of mentoring undergraduates is favorably viewed.

The program provides a $20,000 award over two years, intended mostly for undergraduate stipends. Modest research support also is allowed.

Visit the Dreyfus Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.  

Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards in Chemical Sciences

Deadline: May 18th, 2015  
Funding: $60,000  
The New York City-based Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting nominations from academic institutions for its Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.

The annual program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

The program is open to academic institutions in the states, districts, and territories of the United States that grant a bachelor's or master's degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Awardees typically are in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment; be at least four and no more than twelve years into their independent academic career; and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates. Institutions may submit only one Henry Dreyfus nomination annually. Re-nominations are accepted.

For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, visit the Dreyfus Foundation website.  

National Geographic Society Offers Environmental Research Grants

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $20,000  
Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration offers grants for conservation and education programs promoting sustainable use and preservation of the Earth. The funding efforts support cutting-edge programs that might be overlooked by other organizations. Applicants are expected to have Ph.D.'s or other advanced degrees. Funding is not restricted to U.S. citizens. Grants of up to $20,000 are available. Each year, about 250 grants are awarded. National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries. Further, funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publication of research results. The committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year.