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Chemistry (CHE)

Submission Window

Depending upon the program, the window will be in either September or October. Principal Investigators (PIs) may submit to the following programs between September 1st and September 30th:

  • Chemical Catalysis - CAT
  • Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms - CSDM A
  • Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms - CSDM B
  • Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods - CTMC
  • Chemical Synthesis - SYN

Proposals may be submitted to the following programs between October 1st and October 31st:

  • Chemical Measurement and Imaging - CMI
  • Chemistry of Life Processes - CLP
  • Environmental Chemical Sciences - ECS
  • Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry - MSN

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

NOTE:  When choosing "program announcement/solicitation/description" in preparing the cover page of your proposal in NSF Fastlane, select the correct program announcement/solicitation/description number.  For example, when submitting an unsolicited proposal to the  Chemical Synthesis program, select "PD 09-6878". This code can be found in the program description web-page of the respective program. To ensure proper handling of your proposal, do not select "NSF grant proposal guide-GPG".  For solicited proposals, select the proper solicitation number (for example, for CAREER proposals use NSF 11-690, for RUI proposals use NSF 00-144, and for GOALI proposals use NSF 12-513).

For CAREER, REU, MRI and the Centers for Chemical Innovation programs and any other programs that specify the submission date, PIs should continue to visit http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CHE for the deadlines of these and other programs.

CHE discourages the submission of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the proposal-submission window. Note that proposals that are a duplicate of, or substantially similar to, a proposal already under consideration by NSF from the same submitter are subject to return without review. This also applies to proposals that were previously reviewed and declined and have not been substantially revised as well as to duplicates of other proposals that were already awarded.


MPS/CHE: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF requires a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

Strategic Directions

The Division of Chemistry Strategic Directions 2008-2012 document is available at http://www.nsf.gov/mps/che/CHE_StrategicDirections.pdf.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Disciplinary Research Activities
bullet Chemical Catalysis  (CAT)
bullet Chemical Measurement and Imaging  (CMI)
bullet Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)
bullet Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)
bullet Chemical Synthesis  (SYN)
bullet Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods  (CTMC)
bullet Chemistry of Life Processes  (CLP)
bullet Environmental Chemical Sciences  (ECS)
bullet Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry  (MSN)
Integrative Chemistry Activities (ICA)
bullet Centers for Chemical Innovation  (CCI)
bullet Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU)
Other Programs
bullet International Collaboration in Chemistry between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad  (ICC)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
American Competitiveness in Chemistry-Fellowship (ACC-F)
Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF)
EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs)
EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Innovation Corps Teams Program NSF Wide Flag

Research in Undergraduate Institutions NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Posted March 27, 2014

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Posted March 24, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Posted January 29, 2014

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Posted January 10, 2014

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI
(NSF  14-520) Posted December 16, 2013

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
(NSF  13-605) Full Proposal: April 22, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Full Proposal: April 29, 2014

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Letter of Intent: May 20, 2014, NRT Letter of Intent

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 23, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Full Proposal: June 16, 2014

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