Chemistry's New Solicitations and Cross-Agency Program Descriptions


September 11, 2019

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) - (PD 19-1902)

The Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) program seeks to support basic research through core disciplinary programs aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products within a global society.

Partnering with other participating NSF Divisions, the Division of Chemistry (CHE) welcomes proposals to its Disciplinary Research Programs, including Chemical Catalysis (CAT), Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI), Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A), Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B), Chemical Synthesis (SYN), Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC), Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP), Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS), and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN). 

Note: All proposals should be submitted with the “CAS:” prefix in the title and must be on chemical aspects of sustainability.

Selected Topics:

  •  The design, preparation and reactivity studies associated with new catalysts and catalytic processes that employ earth-abundant and benign elements and raw materials; advanced catalytic methods for the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia and water splitting are also invited; Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals, where such advances are connected directly to industrial considerations, are also encouraged.
  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms of the two-way communication between the environment and living systems as well as between organisms situated in changing environments; design and test methods that could confer resilience and/or could foster adaptability of living systems subject to changing environments.
  • Innovative measurement and imaging approaches that can improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes, including advances in separation science targeting reduced energy consumption or generation of less waste.
  • Fundamental studies related to sustainable energy such as chromophores based on earth abundant elements, advanced electrolytes for battery, water splitting, and carbon dioxide conversions.
  • Understanding the environmental chemical degradation of contaminants, including emerging contaminants.
  • Transformative approaches to efficient and inexpensive synthesis of polymers or nanostructures using renewable feedstocks or earth abundant elements; and innovative research that enhances the understanding of efficient use and recycling of polymers and critical elements or the conversion of energy from renewable sources.
  • 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.
  • Other CHE programs also welcome proposals on this general topic, as long as the proposals fit the scope of the program.

All questions regarding proposals to CHE should be addressed to the cognizant Program Officers for the Program to which submission is contemplated (see CHE Program webpages).

Chemistry's Full Proposal Deadline Dates (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

September 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019

        All proposals to: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A/B (CSDM-A/B); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); and Chemical Synthesis (SYN);

October 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019

        All proposals to: Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN).

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Cyberinfrastructure

 Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI): Elements and Framework Implementations (Program Solicitation – NSF 19-548)

 Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
 November 01, 2019

 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Growing Convergence Research

 Growing Convergence Research (GCR - Program Solicitation - NSF 19-551)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
February 03, 2020

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI): Phase I Awards and New/Renewal Phase II Centers - (NSF 19-576)

 Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
 October 16, 2019

 Phase II Full Proposals, New and Renewal

 February 19, 2020

 Phase I Full Proposals, by invitation only

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

 Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STS - Program Description - NSF 19-567)

 Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
 January 27, 2020

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Quantum Leap Funding Opportunities:

Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes: (QLCI, NSF 19-559)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
January 02, 2020 - Round I QLCI full proposals (by invitation only).

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

mail icon Get News Updates by Email 

Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: https://www.nsf.gov
NSF News: https://www.nsf.gov/news/
For the News Media: https://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp
Science and Engineering Statistics: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards Searches: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/