I just realized today that my phone has not been working since March 27. As I have been traveling for most of the past two weeks, I did not notice that my phone has not been ringing and I did not get indications of any voicemail until a colleague from the UK alerted me to this problem.
Thank goodness I only had 11 voicemails to go through!
But I'm betting this annoyance is not as big as the frustrations of several green chemistry researchers this week when they found out that grants they're looking forward to applying from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just been canceled - with no explanation whatsoever.
According to a special announcement put up yesterday in the EPA website, the EPA cancelled grant applications for what was supposed to be a $20m, four-year green chemistry program. The solicitations include creation of "Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety" and "Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design," which were part of the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
Environmental Health News has been following these grants since they were announced in December last year.
The EPA said the solicitations are currently being reviewed and may be reissued when the reviews are complete. According to @EPAResearch tweets today:
"While the RFAs (blogger note: I'm assuming this stands for Research Funding Assistance) for Ctrs for Material Life Cycle Safety and Ctrs for Sustainable Molecular Design solicitations have been cancelled..."
"Given the new and emerging research areas in the RFAs we determined it was necessary to further explore these research areas."
"We will be reissuing the #greenchemistry RFAs in Summer 2012," says EPA's Administrative Asst. Lek Kadeli.
"We appreciate the interest in these #greenchemistry solicitations and apologize for any inconvenience."
"Sign up for EPA research grant listserv and get notice of EPA research RFAs incl. #greenchemistry when reissued in Summer. http://www.epa.gov/ncer/listserv/"
In the meantime, while waiting for Summer to arrive, those who are also looking for funding might also want to check out the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute's Business Plan Competition.