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Technologies and Materials for Sustainability


Pilot Funding Available for new UChicago/Argonne/MBL Joint Initiative 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

The University of Chicago’s Office of the Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives recently convened a group of researchers from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in a half-day workshop on technologies and materials for sustainability. The workshop followed a meeting in June, with the purpose of connecting researchers across the three institutions around sustainability. The workshop, and this call for proposals, are part of a joint initiative in Technologies and Materials for Sustainability. The purpose of the initiative is to facilitate the development of innovative new partnerships and to launch promising research at the intersection of technologies and materials for sustainability, involving researchers from three institutions.

UChicago, Argonne, and MBL are now pleased to announce a joint call for proposals. As part of the Joint Task Force Initiative, this call will fund up to five joint projects addressing topics such as environment fate of materials, AI/ML applied to sustainability, polymer circularity, carbon capture, biotechnology, green batteries, sensing technology and sustainability, resource recovery, critical material life cycle analysis, and solar technology. Joint proposals are welcome on any aspect related to these, or relevant topics.

Awards will be for a period of 12 months and are expected to be around $50k per project with exceptions possible when justified. There will be the possibility of renewal for up to an additional year contingent on significant progress in year one. All projects must include at least one principal investigator from Argonne National Laboratory and at least one principal investigator from either the University of Chicago or the Marine Biological Laboratory. Strong preference will be given to projects with the potential to expand into a sustainability collaboration over time, and that speak to the research priorities of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and/or the National Science Foundation to facilitate follow-on funding.