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Division of Chemistry

Chemistry of Life Processes  (CLP)

October/November Deadline Submission

The October submission window has been extended to November 15th, 5:00 pm local time.


Name Email Phone Room
David  A. Rockcliffe che-clp@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123  1055 S  
Catalina  Achim che-clp@nsf.gov (703) 292-8441  1055 S  
Max  Funk che-clp@nsf.gov (703) 292-7212  1055 S  
Administrative Program Support: Illinois Johnson, ijohnson@nsf.gov or
(703) 292-7182


Apply to PD 09-6883 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)


Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014

October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

If one of the dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date becomes the next business day.


"Note:  For proposals with significant emphasis on sustainable chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program with the Proposal Title as:  ‘SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information, see the DCL on SusChEM (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13013/nsf13013.pdf), a new NSF Emphasis Area."   

The Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) program supports the investigation of problems at the Chemistry-Biology interface in which the primary approach or tools employed are those of chemistry.  The fundamental examination of mechanisms, dynamics, recognition and structure/function relationships at the molecular level is at the core of the CLP program.  Projects that integrate experimental and theoretical chemical approaches into studies of biomolecules or biomolecular processes in the domain of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids will be considered.  The use of small molecules such as ligands, inhibitors, signal transducers or molecular beacons to interrogate biological systems is a characteristic mode of inquiry for CLP investigators.  The program also welcomes the application of computational and spectroscopic methods to examine Nature's macromolecular machinery and processes.

Appropriate areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, peptide design, protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions, post-translational modification alternative base pairs, epigenetics, signal and energy transduction pathways, and molecular definition of emerging "codes" such as those associated with glycomics and histones.  Mechanisms of enzyme and metalloenzyme activity, ribozyme and/or riboswitch function and of DNA damage and covalent modification are also central themes in the program.

Proposals that predominantly utilize biological tools or techniques may be more appropriate for the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB).  Proposals that address biomedical problems may be more appropriate for the National Institutes of Health or other health-directed funding agencies.


Disciplinary Research Activities

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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