Division of Chemistry Broadening Participation Resources

The Division of Chemistry's (CHE's) commitment to broadening participation is a core value in supporting chemistry research and education. Investments in a globally engaged chemistry workforce reflecting the diversity of America enables CHE to meet its mission of supporting innovative research in the chemical sciences, integrated with education. CHE works with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure diversity of the scientific workforce and is specifically committed to broadening participation in all CHE activities at all levels. The information provided below represents a sampling of resources that may be helpful to the broad chemistry community of researchers, educators, students, and other stakeholders.

NSF CHE is committed to broadening participation through the engagement of a diverse group of proposal reviewers. If you would like to volunteer to participate as a reviewer, please complete the form. Also, please feel free to send a current Curriculum Vitae to the program officer(s) in the program(s) closest to your area of expertise; see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=CHE.


CHE staff participates in local, regional, and national science conferences and meetings with an aim of outreach and education about NSF programs and funding opportunities.

Upcoming CHE activities in 2019 include:

  • 2019 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - The National Diversit in STEM Conference
    October 31 - November 2, 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers National Conference (NOBCChE)
    November 18-21, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri


For additional information on any of the opportuntities listed below, please contact your cognizant Program Officer directly or the Division of Chemistry at 703-292-8840.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)

REU Sites are an important means for providing high-quality researchenvironments and mentoring to diverse groups of students. In addition to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in research, the program aims to involve students in research who might not otherwise have the opportunity, particularly those from academic institutions where research programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are limited. Thus, a significant fraction of the student participants at an REU Site must come from outside the host institution or organization, and at least half of the student participants must be recruited from academic institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited (including two-year colleges).Further, the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) activity is supported under the REU program as a formal activity to encourage research experiences for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through coordination with an REU funded award.

Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED)

This opportunity supports the Foundation's efforts to reduce or remove barriers to participation in research and training by physically disabled individuals by providing special equipment and assistance under awards made by NSF; and to encourage disabled individuals to pursue careers in science and engineering by stimulating the development and demonstration of special equipment that facilitates their work performance. Individuals with disabilities eligible for facilitation awards include principal investigators, other senior personnel, and graduate and undergraduate students. Requests are made in conjunction with regular competitive proposals, or as a supplemental funding request to an existing NSF award. See the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II: Proposal Preparation Instructions, Section D. Special Guidelines, Item 4. Facilitation Award for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities.

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions and Research Opportunity Awards (RUI and ROA)

The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) funding opportunities support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). RUI proposals support PUI faculty in research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution,and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. ROAs similarly support PUI faculty research, but these awards typically allow faculty to work as visiting scientists at research-intensive organizations where they collaborate with other NSF-supported investigators. ROA supplements are submitted by Principal Investigators (PIs) at the research intensive organizations.

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate: Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS)

This opportunity is available to PIs with current CHE research awards whose institutions and/or academic units are either currently participating in the Education & Human Resources Directorate-sponsored "Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate" (AGEP) program; or whose institutions and/or academic units have participated in the AGEP program in the past (AGEP Legacy institutions). Such PIs may apply to CHE for a supplement to defray the costs for: stipend, tuition, benefits and indirect costs for a graduate research student working on the CHE-funded research.

MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV)

The MPS-GRSV affords Veterans an opportunity to conduct research towards a doctoral degree with an NSF CHE active grantee. CHE is accepting supplemental requests to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, along as the graduate student is a United States Veteran. A request for MPS-GRSV funding may be made by the PI of a currently active CHE research award. Instrumentation acquisition awards, REU awards, etc. are not eligible.

For a complete listing of funding opportunities in the NSF Broadening Participation Portfolio, see http://www.nsf.gov/od/broadeningparticipation/bp_portfolio_dynamic.jsp.