Research Committee

Research Committee

The NACE research committee is responsible for:

  • All research activities organized or sponsored by the Association
  • Research in Progress Symposium at CORROSION conference
  • Research Topical Symposium at CORROSION conference
  • Encouraging student participation in the Association by providing students with a forum for presenting their research in Student Poster Sessions at the CORROSION conference
  • Soliciting proposals for new corrosion research to award university research seed grant funding
  • Maintaining liaison with national and international research activities

Research symposia at CORROSION

The Research Committee currently organizes and sponsors activities that strengthen the link between research and practical aspects of corrosion mitigation. These activities focus on the following areas: Research in Progress (RIP) Symposia, Research Topical Symposium (RTS), and Student Development. These areas have been well recognized over the years, particularly by the research community. They mirror the vital early development of both people and the ideas so necessary for advancement of the field of corrosion.

Learn more about the current offers of RIP and RTS symposia offered at the upcoming CORROSION conference.

Student Poster Session

The Student Poster Session at each CORROSION conference encourages students to become active in NACE and present the results of their work to the membership.

Students posters will be presented on one of three categories:

  • The Marcel Pourbaix category for the field of corrosion science
  • The Mars Fontana category for the field of corrosion engineering
  • The Harvey Herro category for the field of applied corrosion technology

First-, second-, and third-place prizes are awarded to winners in each category.

Learn more about the current Student Poster Session offered at the upcoming CORROSION conference.

Collegiate Student Certificate Program

The NACE Collegiate Student Certificate Program (CSCP) recognizes the accomplishments of students who successfully complete a course in corrosion offered as part of the regular curriculum at a college or university.

Goals of program:

  • Increase the number of engineering graduates with basic knowledge of corrosion and
  • Encourage students to consider the field of corrosion in their post-collegiate careers.

Eligible students receive a certificate and complimentary one-year NACE student membership, which includes online access to NACE journals.

Instructors/professors may apply to have their courses approved. Corrosion must be a major component of the course subject matter, comprising more than 50% of the class time. Students who complete an approved course with a minimum course grade of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or the equivalent are eligible for the certificate and one-year membership.

Course Approval Application - Instructors/professors who teach corrosion classes use this form to apply for course eligibility in the NACE Collegiate Student Certificate Program.

NACE International - Research Seed Grant Funding

The Research Committee solicits proposals for new corrosion research every two years for projects covering new areas of corrosion research; significant expansion of current research within the corrosion field; or applied research, which will likely have practical value to business and industry.

The grant is intended to encourage new university researchers to study the corrosion of engineering materials. The Committee's Research Seed Grant Task Group reviews all proposals, "grades" the proposals based on a detailed point system, and presents its recommendation to the Research Committee for approval. The NACE Board of Directors ratifies the Research Committee's selection.

The recipient may request funding for a second year upon submission of a satisfactory progress report because it is assumed most projects will take two years.

The following items are considered in the review of proposals:

  • a description of the proposed research project, including goals and specific objectives;
  • a description of how the grant might be used to obtain additional support from other organizations;
  • background on the principal investigator;
  • a proposed budget (funds may not be used to support university indirect costs/overhead); and
  • a description of other programs under way that might strengthen the proposal.

View the complete list of Seed Grant Recipients since the program’s inception.

For any questions or concerns related to Research Committee Activities, please contact NACE staff by email,