March 6 - 10, 2021
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA USA


Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program

The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (a Pennsylvania non-profit Corporation) and its co-sponsoring technical societies, The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) proudly announce the 2020 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program.

Grants will be awarded to small college science departments for the purchase of scientific equipment, audio-visual or other teaching aids, and/or library materials for use in the teaching of science at the undergraduate level.

The application deadline is October 30, 2020.
Award winners will be announced by January. Selected schools will join the list of almost 300 institutions honored since the start of this program in 1974.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an award, schools must meet the following criteria:

    Enrollment must not exceed 5000 full-time students.

    No more than 25% of the operating budget may come from national or state governments. Two-year community colleges sponsored by political subdivisions of a state are not bound by these first two criteria.

    Requests for materials to be used only for research purposes will not be funded.

    Awards may be used as part of “Matching Grant” programs; use of matching funds to increase the overall impact of the grant will be considered in the evaluation of proposals and is highly encouraged.

    Schools are ineligible for the PCMNCG program for a three-year period following receipt of the PCMNCG grant (award recipient colleges from 2018, 2019 and 2020 are not eligible for the 2021 program).

    Submit Application

General Information

The net proceeds generated by Pittcon, sponsored by The Society of Analytical Chemists (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), are used to promote science education at all levels. The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program is one aspect of the efforts of the Pittcon volunteers and the sponsoring societies to support science education.

This year, the maximum funding available for each grant is $10,000.

Last year we received approximately 60 proposals from small colleges and universities who met our requirements. Each proposal was reviewed by members of our evaluation committee, made up of members of the SACP and SSP.

Strong proposals had the following characteristics (in no particular order)

    Good development and organization

    PCMNCG funds leveraged by matching contributions from the university or another source

    Specific examples of how the requested equipment would be integrated into the science programs

    Requested equipment and materials impact a large number of students

    Brief descriptions of specific experiments that demonstrate broad use of the equipment

Examples of equipment and instruments funded in previous years are listed below. In some cases, more than one school requested a particular type of instrument.

    AA Spectrometer

    UV/VIS Detector for HPLC plus columns

    Gas Chromatograph, Software and Supplies

    Human Muscular Torsos

    UV/VIS Spectrophotometer

    Automated Pipettes


    NMR Workstations and Software

    1H/13C Dual-Channel NMR Probe

    FTIR Software Upgrade and Spectral Libraries

    Camera and Software for a Fluorescence Microscope

Pittcon Professional Societies

Pittcon is made up of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

Both societies are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.

For more information, visit the SSP and SACP websites:

2020 PCMNCG Recipients
Brevard College
Brevard, NC

Carson-Newman University
Jefferson City, TN

Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, FL

Felician University
Lodi , NJ

Gannon University
Erie, PA

Hanover College
Hanover, IN

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY

North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, IA

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Erie , PA

Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

St. Thomas Aquinas College
Sparkill, NY

Past Recipients (3 year period)

The application deadline is October 30, 2020.

  •   Please list the items which you have requested finding in your proposal:
  • Please prepare a proposal indicating the items desired, their respective costs, and how they would enhance science education at your institution.
  •   School official who certifies compliance with award criteria




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