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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 63 | 20. November 2012
Novel Molecular and Supramolecular Theory and Synthesis Approaches for Sustainable Catalysis

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and participating national funding agencies are pleased to issue an international call for proposals on “Novel Molecular and Supramolecular Theory and Synthesis Approaches for Sustainable Catalysis”.

This call is intended to foster multinational cooperation in sustainable chemistry. All researchers working in the field of sustainable chemistry and eligible to apply for financial support from their respective participating national research councils are cordially invited to apply. This programme is designed for small teams of three or four principal investigators, encompassing three countries. While larger teams may be considered, it is incumbent upon the team to articulate a clear and strong plan that optimises both scientific coherence and effective management of resources. Each team will submit a single, joint proposal.

The motivation of this call is to foster networking between excellent scientists on topics in chemistry exemplified by a three-year programme in sustainable chemistry. Grants will support basic experimental and theoretical research. A successful proposal will have to:

  • introduce novel approaches to develop a new generation of catalysts in which rare elements are replaced with earth abundant elements;

  • and successfully address a significant environmental problem.

This grant programme does not support: (1) basic research that focusses on biological techniques, cellular processes, or biomedical problems; (2) applied research that focusses on extended solids and bulk materials, (3) design, optimisation, or other engineering aspects of devices; (4) engineering aspects of chemistry, such as scale-up, processing, transport dynamics, and long-term stability.

This call involves the following partners:

  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil; contact: Mr. Alexandre Roccatto, aroccatto@fapesp.br

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China; contact: Prof. Dr. Guojun Zhang, zhanggj@nsfc.gov.cn

  • National Science Foundation (NSF), United States of America; contact: Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig zrosenzw@nsf.gov or Dr. Carol Bessel, cbessel@nsf.gov

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG, German Research Foundation), Germany; contact: Dr. Markus Behnke, markus.behnke@dfg.de

Research teams interested in this opportunity should be aware of the following important dates:

  • Letters of intent are due by 1 February 2013.

  • Full proposals for eligible projects are due by 29 March 2013.

  • Final results of this call will be communicated to applicants by 30 September 2013.

  • Funding of all awards will start no later than January 2014.

The call is coordinated by the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment. Questions should be addressed to the call secretariat at proposal@iupac.org.

Further Information

Guidelines for applicants are available at the relevant partner agency websites and here:

Contact person for German applicants:

  • Dr. Markus Behnke,
    Division of Chemistry and Process Engineering,
    Kennedyallee 40,
    53175 Bonn,
    phone: +49 228 885-2181,

Please note:
The programme contacts at the NSFC and the NSF have changed.
The deadline for letters of intent has been extended to 1 February 2013.
The PDF document has been revised accordingly.


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