Chemistry of Indoor Environments

PLEASE NOTE: New grant proposals are no longer being accepted in this program.

Program Goal

To grow a new field of scientific inquiry focused on understanding the fundamental chemistry taking place in indoor environments and how that chemistry is shaped by building attributes and human occupancy.


The program makes grants to achieve a series of interrelated goals.

  • Generate new knowledge by directly supporting original, high-quality research to identify indoor chemical sources, characterize the chemical and physical transformations taking place indoors, and determine how indoor chemistry is shaped by building attributes and occupancy.
  • Develop a modeling consortium to improve the cohesiveness of the community and its ability to integrate findings.
  • Build a thriving, multidisciplinary research community of chemists; environmental, civil, and mechanical engineers; architects; atmospheric scientists; microbiologists; and environmental health experts that will endure beyond the program’s timeline.
  • Train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. An important component of this program is introducing new voices into the field and training the next generation of researchers.
  • Develop community-wide research protocols, and norms.
  • Advance capacity for discovery through development of new tools for data collection, sampling, analysis, and visualization.
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