NSF teams with DOE to fund Environmental Molecular Science Institutes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) together with the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $21.4 million over five years to establish three Environmental Molecular Science Institutes (EMSIs).

Grants made to Columbia, Northwestern and Princeton Universities in this one-time competition will allow these institutes to be national models for collaborative research in chemistry aimed at understanding the natural environment and solving environmental problems. Awards to each EMSI site will average $1.4 million per year for five years with the NSF contributing a total of $15.4 million and the DOE contributing $6 million.

"We are very excited about this opportunity for our Chemistry Division to provide leadership in environmental science, " said Robert A. Eisenstein, Ph.D., NSF's Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Martha Krebs, Ph.D., Director of DOE's Office of Energy Research agreed. "The establishment of these institutes emphasizes the critical role of the physical sciences and engineering in addressing global environmental problems that require a multidisciplinary approach." Krebs added, "This new partnership among the DOE's national laboratories, the universities and private industries provides researchers with the opportunity to capitalize on some of the excellent scientific facilities and unique expertise available at the national laboratories."

Each EMSI will provide a unique program for academic scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to work with industrial colleagues and with students to improve understanding of how nature and technology affect environmental systems at the molecular level. The EMSI teams at Columbia, Northwestern and Princeton will collectively employ close to 200 investigators and students and a dozen industrial partners. Education and outreach are well integrated into t

Contact: Yvette Estok
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