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Chemistry (CHE)

Dear Colleague Letters

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)

Dear Colleague Letter: Graduate Education in Chemistry  (NSF 15-055)

Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)

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

Proposal Submission Window & Deadline Dates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Proposal deadline date: August 26, 2015
NSF 13-542

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 grant proposal guide-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 13, 2016
NSF 15-504

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
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF)
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Crosscutting
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Optics and Photonics (OP) Crosscutting
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) 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

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Chemical Catalysis
(PD  09-6884) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)
(PD  12-9101) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015, September 1-30 annually, thereafter.

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)
(PD  12-9102) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)
(PD  12-9102) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015, CSDM Window

Chemical Synthesis
(PD  09-6878) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015

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