Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER)
See program guidelines for contact information.
Proposals for exploratory and high-risk research in the fields of science, engineering, and education normally supported by NSF may be submitted to individual programs. Such research is characterized as preliminary work on untested and novel ideas; ventures into emerging research ideas; the application of new expertise or new approaches to "established" research topics; having extreme urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities, or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters and similar unanticipated events; and efforts of similar character likely to catalyze rapid and innovative advances.
Proposals are accepted at any time. Investigators must contact the NSF program officer(s) most germane to the proposal topic before submitting an SGER proposal (view CHE staff directory). This will make it easier to determine whether the proposed work meets the SGER guidelines described here and the availability of funding, or whether it would be more suitable for submission as a traditional proposal. For details on how to submit an SGER, please see the Grant Proposal Guide NSF 04-23.
Examples of SGER awards funded within the NSF Division of Chemistry are linked below.
Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 04-23, Effective September 1, 2004 (NSF 04-23)
SGER: Radiationless Magnetic Resonance Imaging
SGER: Liquid Crystal Chemical Valves
SGER: Homodyne Amplified Resonant Rayleigh Polarized Scattering (HARRPS)
SGER: Development of Dynamic Diamond Anvil Cell Spectroscopy
SGER: Surface Enhanced Raman Optical Activity
SGER: Collaborative Research: Mapping and Analyzing Emergent Multiorganizational networks in the Hurricane Katrina Responsee
SGER: Trapping and Controlling Single Nanoscale Objects
SGER: Ultrasonic Stimulation of High Order Nuclear Spin Multiple Quantum Coherence
SGER: Collaborative Research: 2YC-REU: Two-Year College Research Experience for Undergraduates Site
SGER: Nonstationary Time Series Analysis and Qualitative Nonlinear Dynamics of Nonequilibrium Nanoscale Processes
SGER: Pattern Formation in Chemical Systems with Nonstandard Diffusion
SGER: Mapping Chemistry
SGER: A Generic Silica Sol-Gel Bio-Encapsulation for Sensor Development