Mass Spectrometry for Atmospheric Monitoring
Opens Jul 18 2022 12:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline Nov 18 2022 02:00 PM (PST)
$1,000,000.00
Description

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s mission is to support leading edge research, in the fields of chemistry and life sciences, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that open new avenues of research and applications in these sciences and related disciplines. In addition, this program will build upon the legacy of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman’s work in environmental monitoring and understanding of physical processes in the air from his own efforts in combating smog in the Los Angeles basin that he continued to champion on the national stage at the Federal Air Quality Control board. 

The Foundation is requesting proposals for a grant opportunity for the development of new instrument designs to bring the most advanced mass spectrometry detection capabilities and sensitivity levels into a lightweight, inexpensive, and easily operated system that could be portable or deployed on airborne platforms, in unattended monitoring stations, or operated by citizen scientists, for long-term analysis of the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The intent of this program is to support scientists, with a focus on undergraduates, to become inventors and innovators in this compelling area of research by building tools and instruments. Miniaturizing mass spectrometers has been an active area of research for many years, and it is timely to advance such prototype designs for broader applications for mobile monitoring. If successful, these prototype monitoring systems could have a lasting impact on informing policy decisions on sources of pollution, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and furthering the democratization of access to clean air around the world.

The Foundation will provide support of up to $1 million per selected team over a 3-year development and testing program at awarded Institutions, which can be used flexibly to purchase materials for several prototype systems, consumables for testing, full-time support for undergraduate students to participate in the program, part-time support for other personnel, which could include research staff, graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows, support for industry collaborations, and/or training courses or experiences for participating students. Applicant institutions must demonstrate their commitment for additional funding beyond the $1 million support from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, if necessary, to complete the objectives of the program described in the attached program overview below. The Foundation does not provide support for overhead or indirect costs. Additional information on the allowable program costs, budget format, and institutional support requirements can be found in the full Program Description and instructions in the online application portal.


Download the full Program Description and Requirements here


Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation will consider proposals from individual institutions or from consortia of institutions whose combined resources will address the program requirements. For any consortium application, there must be a “Lead Institution”, defined as the institute that will accept the entire grant award on behalf of the consortium. The Lead Institution submitting the proposal must be a nonprofit US university or research institution, including Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. 

Questions?

Please contact Anne Hultgren at instrumentgrants@beckman-foundation.org

Mass Spectrometry for Atmospheric Monitoring


The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s mission is to support leading edge research, in the fields of chemistry and life sciences, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that open new avenues of research and applications in these sciences and related disciplines. In addition, this program will build upon the legacy of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman’s work in environmental monitoring and understanding of physical processes in the air from his own efforts in combating smog in the Los Angeles basin that he continued to champion on the national stage at the Federal Air Quality Control board. 

The Foundation is requesting proposals for a grant opportunity for the development of new instrument designs to bring the most advanced mass spectrometry detection capabilities and sensitivity levels into a lightweight, inexpensive, and easily operated system that could be portable or deployed on airborne platforms, in unattended monitoring stations, or operated by citizen scientists, for long-term analysis of the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The intent of this program is to support scientists, with a focus on undergraduates, to become inventors and innovators in this compelling area of research by building tools and instruments. Miniaturizing mass spectrometers has been an active area of research for many years, and it is timely to advance such prototype designs for broader applications for mobile monitoring. If successful, these prototype monitoring systems could have a lasting impact on informing policy decisions on sources of pollution, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and furthering the democratization of access to clean air around the world.

The Foundation will provide support of up to $1 million per selected team over a 3-year development and testing program at awarded Institutions, which can be used flexibly to purchase materials for several prototype systems, consumables for testing, full-time support for undergraduate students to participate in the program, part-time support for other personnel, which could include research staff, graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows, support for industry collaborations, and/or training courses or experiences for participating students. Applicant institutions must demonstrate their commitment for additional funding beyond the $1 million support from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, if necessary, to complete the objectives of the program described in the attached program overview below. The Foundation does not provide support for overhead or indirect costs. Additional information on the allowable program costs, budget format, and institutional support requirements can be found in the full Program Description and instructions in the online application portal.


Download the full Program Description and Requirements here


Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation will consider proposals from individual institutions or from consortia of institutions whose combined resources will address the program requirements. For any consortium application, there must be a “Lead Institution”, defined as the institute that will accept the entire grant award on behalf of the consortium. The Lead Institution submitting the proposal must be a nonprofit US university or research institution, including Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. 

Questions?

Please contact Anne Hultgren at instrumentgrants@beckman-foundation.org

Value

$1,000,000.00

Opens
Jul 18 2022 12:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline
Nov 18 2022 02:00 PM (PST)