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Chemical Synthesis  (SYN)

Name Email Phone Room
Scott  Rychnovsky (703) 292-2170  1055 S  
Kenneth  Moloy (703) 292-8441  1055 S  
Kevin  Moeller (703) 292-7054  1055 E  
John  W. Gilje Primary: E-mail  Off-site  

Administrative Program Support: Marla Stewart, or (703)292-8735


Apply to PD 09-6878 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    September 1, 2017 - October 2, 2017

    September 1 - September 30, Annually Thereafter

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


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 (, a new NSF Emphasis Area.  

Note: For proposals with significant emphasis on understanding the role of the chemistry of nitrogen, phosphorous, and water in the nexus of food, energy and water systems, consider making proposal submissions to this program with the Proposal Title as 'INFEWS" N/P/H20: Name of Your Proposal.' For more information, see the FY 2016 DCL on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water (, a new NSF Emphasis Area.

The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex and/or challenging molecules.  Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena.  Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, catalysts for synthetic transformations, discovery of new synthetic methods, target-oriented synthesis, green synthesis, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures.  Research in this program will generate fundamental knowledge of chemical synthesis that enables the development of new avenues of basic chemical research and transformative technologies. 

Submissions that address national needs for sustainability are encouraged.  Examples include the development of new synthetic methods using earth-abundant and inexpensive chemicals, fundamental studies that improve our understanding of rare earth elements, and the conversion of non-petroleum based resources into useful building blocks.   

The Chemical Synthesis program does not support projects whose main objectives are to study the properties of target systems even though they may contain a large synthetic component.  Synthesis of nano structures, supramolecular assemblies, and polymers should be directed to the Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry program.  Proposals containing a synthesis component but having a major focus on the mechanistic study of catalytic reactions should be submitted to the Chemical Catalysis program. 

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF Disciplinary Research Activities

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program