Dear Colleague Letters

May 2, 2018

Chemistry's Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) Funding Opportunities, listed by NSF's 10 Big Ideas:

1. Rules of Life

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life (RoL): Design and Engineering of Synthetic Cells and Cell Components (DESYN-C3) (NSF 18-071)
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life (RoL): Forecasting and Emergence in Living Systems (FELS) (NSF 18-031)
    • EAGER Full Proposals (INVITED ONLY): Deadline Date: May 15, 2018
    • RoL: FELS Conference Proposals: Deadline Date: June 1, 2018

2. Harnessing the Data Revolution

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC) (NSF 18-075)
    • NOTE: Proposals should be submitted to the existing program of interest in CHE during the existing submission windows (deadlines) of the programs.
  • Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes
    TRIPODS + X (NSF 18-542)
    • Deadline Date: May 29, 2018

3. Growing Convergence

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research (NSF 18-058)
    • Expires: May 23, 2019

Additional Chemistry Dear Colleague Letter Funding Opportunities:

  • Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2018 Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for the Chemistry Workforce (NSF 18-056)
    • Deadline Date: May 15, 2018
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Division of Chemistry (CHE), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Employment Opportunity for Program Director Positions (CHE 18-001)
    • Deadline Date: OPEN until Filled


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