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Division of Chemistry


Chemical Synthesis  (SYN)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Jin  Cha jcha@nsf.gov (703) 292-2461  E 9329  
Thomas  Rauchfuss trauchfu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8653  E 9385  
Laura  Anderson laanders@nsf.gov (703) 292-2934  E 9315  
John  W. Gilje jwgilje@nsf.gov Primary email   


SYNOPSIS

Proposals submitted to this program (including individual and collaborative proposals, GOALIs) must be submitted to the CHE Disciplinary Research Programs solicitation.

Exceptions:

  • RUI proposals should be submitted to the RUI Solicitation during the proposal submission window.
  • proposals submitted in response to another solicitation (CAREER)
  • conference proposals (must discuss with a Program Officer before submission)
  • EAGER, RAPID or RAISE proposals (must discuss with a Program Officer before submission)

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The Chemical Synthesis (SYN) Program supports experimental and computational research on the development of new and efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex and/or challenging chemical structures.  Typical synthetic targets include novel structures (including natural products and biomolecules), molecules and structures displaying unique properties, or substances that provide pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena.  Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, discovery of new synthetic methods, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures.  The development of automated synthesis methods is also supported.  Research in this program will generate fundamental new knowledge of chemical synthesis, but also enable new discoveries and the development of transformative technologies in related fields.  

Submissions that address national needs are encouraged.  These include priority areas associated with sustainability and NSF's Ten Big Ideas. Elements of NSF's Ten Big Ideas particularly relevant to the Division of Chemistry include: Harnessing the Data Revolution, the Quantum Leap, Midscale Instrumentation, Understanding the Rules of Life, and Growing Convergence Research at NSF. Consult NSF Big Ideas solicitations on how these areas match the Division's portfolio. 

Through the Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) program, the Division of Chemistry looks to support basic research aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products within a global society.   

Submissions that address sustainability may include but are not limited to: the development of new synthetic methods using earth-abundant and inexpensive chemicals, fundamental studies that improve our understanding of rare earth elements; the conversion of non-petroleum based resources into useful building blocks; and new environmentally-friendly chemical syntheses that improve on current practice by requiring less energy, fresh water, reagents, and/or organic solvents.  

The Chemical Synthesis Program does not support projects where the main objectives are to study the properties of target systems, even though they may contain a large synthetic component.  Proposed studies of this nature may be directed to the Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism-B (CSDM-B) Program.  Investigators interested in developing novel synthetic approaches to macromolecular, supramolecular and nanoscale chemical structures should consult the Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program. Projects developing syntheses of extended solids should consult the Division of Materials Research (DMR).  Proposals that have a major focus on the design of new catalysts and study of catalytic reactions should be submitted to the Chemical Catalysis (CAT) Program.  

For recent awards made by the program, search NSF award database with the Program Element Code 6878.

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