About Chemistry (CHE)
We envision NSF CHE as:
- A global leader in transforming chemical discovery and innovation, while advancing chemistry education, literacy and America's competitive edge.
- Encouraging chemists to lead multi-disciplinary efforts that expand humanity's knowledge and address short- and long-term societal problems.
- A major voice in the communication of the value of chemistry to the public.
- Comprised of outstanding staff dedicated to the vitality of the field of chemistry.
The mission of the NSF Division of Chemistry (CHE) is to support innovative research in chemical sciences, integrated with education, through strategic investment in developing a globally engaged U.S. chemistry workforce reflecting the diversity of America.
Reflecting our values we believe in:
- The importance of fundamental scientific research for the benefit of society.
- Empowering future generations in science and engineering.
- Maintaining the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
- Fairness, openness and clear communication.
- Diversity of the scientific workforce and broadening participation in all CHE activities at all levels
Funding Opportunities by Category
For Undergraduate Students
For Graduate Students
For Postdoctoral Fellows
Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE): Supports bold, exceptional proposals that may be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process given their interdiscplinarity; INSPIRE proposals may include international.
EArly Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER): See Section II.D.2 of GPG: Supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches; EAGER proposals may include international.
Supplemental Support: Supports addition of an international dimension to an existing award or an expansion of geographic focus to include a new international collaborator.
Research Coordination Networks: Advances a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries.
Science and Technology Centers: Supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate.
Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI): Supports collaboration among teams of NSF-supported U.S. researchers and their international partners wish to form virtual institutes (also has Workforce Development relevance).
- Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC): Provides seed funding to start new international collaborations with a goal of full proposals being submitted to NSF's directorate programs.
- Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Supports mid-scale awards in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration (also has Workforce Development relevance).
NSF's Office of International and Integrative Activities, International Science and Engineering Section provides additional guidance and funding opportunities for international collaboration.