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Chemistry (CHE)

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2017 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water

Chemistry's Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support

NSF-Wide Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support  (NSF 16-067)

Dear Colleague Letter:  Optics and Photonics (NSF 16-004)

Dear Colleague Letter: Division of Chemistry (CHE), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Employment Opportunity for Program Director Positions
(CHE 15-0001)

Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water
(NSF 15-108)

Dear Colleague Letter: FY2016 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity (NSF 15-085)

Forensic Science:  Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education
(NSF 13-120)

Proposal Submission Window & Deadline Dates

Chemistry Research Proposals (including unsolicited, Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, RUI, and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry, GOALI):  Depending upon the program, the window will be in either September or October. Principal Investigators (PIs) may submit proposals to the following programs between September 1st and September 30th:

  • Chemical Catalysis - CAT
  • Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms A - CSDM A
  • Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms B - CSDM B
  • Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods - CTMC
  • Chemical Synthesis - SYN

Proposals may be submitted between October 1st and October 31st to:

  • Chemical Measurement and Imaging - CMI
  • Chemistry of Life Processes - CLP
  • Environmental Chemical Sciences - ECS
  • Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry - MSN

Note that if the last day of a submission window falls on a weekend or official federal government holiday, the deadline is always the following business day, at 5 pm local time.

NOTE:  When choosing "program announcement/solicitation/description" in preparing the cover page of your proposal in NSF FastLane, select the correct program announcement/solicitation/description number.  For example, when submitting an unsolicited proposal to the Chemical Synthesis program, select "PD 09-6878". This code can be found in the program description web-page of the respective program. To ensure proper handling of your proposal, do not select "NSF’s Grant Proposal Guide (or GPG)".  For solicited proposals, select the proper solicitation number (for example, for CAREER proposals use NSF 15-555, for RUI proposals use NSF 14-579, for GOALI proposals use NSF 12-513 and for Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, CDS&E, use NSF PD 12-8084).

CHE discourages the submission of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the proposal-submission window. Note that proposals that are a duplicate of, or substantially similar to, a proposal already under consideration by NSF from the same submitter are subject to return without review. This also applies to proposals that were previously reviewed and declined and have not been substantially revised as well as to duplicates of other proposals that were already awarded.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Proposal deadline date: January 11, 2017

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
Proposal deadline date: Expected in mid-January 2017

Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, CHE

Announcement of Dr. Angela Wilson, Division Director, Chemistry

MPS/CHE: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF requires a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

Strategic Directions

The Division of Chemistry Strategic Directions 2008-2012 document is available at http://www.nsf.gov/mps/che/CHE_StrategicDirections.pdf.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Disciplinary Research Activities
bullet Chemical Catalysis  (CAT)
bullet Chemical Measurement and Imaging  (CMI)
bullet Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)
bullet Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)
bullet Chemical Synthesis  (SYN)
bullet Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods  (CTMC)
bullet Chemistry of Life Processes  (CLP)
bullet Environmental Chemical Sciences  (ECS)
bullet Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry  (MSN)
Integrative Chemistry Activities (ICA)
bullet Centers for Chemical Innovation  (CCI)
bullet Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU)
Other Programs
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF)
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Optics and Photonics (OP) Crosscutting
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting

Featured NSF-wide Programs

Faculty Early Career Development Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Innovation Corps Teams Program NSF Wide Flag

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Centers for Chemical Innovation
(NSF  16-568) Posted May 25, 2016

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Posted March 31, 2016

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Posted February 26, 2016

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
(NSF  16-532) Posted January 19, 2016

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
(NSF  16-524) Posted December 21, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Full Proposal: May 25, 2016

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 27, 2016, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Letter of Intent: July 5, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Full Proposal: July 11, 2016

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 20, 2016, BIO, CISE, EHR


News See All

Rice University researchers Nanotubes are beacons in cancer-imaging technique
Released May 20, 2016
News From the Field
Herschel Rabitz (left) and researchers Theorists smooth the way to modeling quantum friction
Released May 16, 2016
News From the Field
a model of the new catalyst Chemists find 'huge shortcut' for organic synthesis using C-H bonds
Released May 11, 2016
News From the Field
initial stages of DNA transcription Researchers unveil new, detailed images of DNA transcription
Released May 11, 2016
News From the Field
Isabell Thomann and graduate students Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption
Released May 4, 2016
News From the Field
Nicholas Hud holds uracil and barbituric acid Missing links brewed in primordial puddles?
Released April 25, 2016
News From the Field
Gloved hands hold vial containing thick oil sludge Oil spill cleanups: Finding the right chemistry
Released April 18, 2016
Science Nation
Mircea Dinca Materials research earns chemistry professor 40th annual Alan T. Waterman Award
Released April 14, 2016
Press Release

Discoveries See All

cancer cells and copper Starving the beast
New NSF-funded research finds way to withhold cancer cells' favorite food
Released  November 24, 2015

man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015

Students adjust the target wheel and detectors near a beam outlet Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound
Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 2015




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