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Chemical Measurement and Imaging  (CMI)


Name Email Phone Room
Kelsey  D. Cook kcook@nsf.gov (703) 292-7490  1055.39  
Lin  He lhe@nsf.gov (703) 292-4956  1055 S  
Michelle  Bushey mbushey@nsf.gov (703) 292-4938  1055 S  

Administrative Program Support: Marsha Hawkins, mhawkins@nsf.gov or (703)292-4877



Apply to PD 09-6880 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015

October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

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: For proposals with significant emphasis on understanding of the role of the chemistry of nitrogen, phosphorous, and water in the nexus of food, energy and water systems, consider making proposal submissions to this program with the Proposal Title as 'INFEWS: N/P/H2O: Name of Your Proposal.' For more information, see the FY 2016 DCL on Innovations at Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Water (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15108), a new NSF Emphasis Area.  INFEWS-research topics appropriate for the CMI Program include (but are not limited to) development of new sensing modalities that can lead to field-deployable, inexpensive, and environmentally and energetically sustainable sensors with potential for real-time monitoring of nitrogen- or phosphorus-containing species as they move (for example via agricultural run-off) to other water systems.

Note:  For proposals with significant emphasis on sustainable chemistry, the proposal title should be of the form:  "SusChEM: [Name of Your Proposal]."  For more information, see the Dear Colleague Letter on SusChEM (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13013/nsf13013.pdf).  

Note: Proposals integrating innovative software and algorithmic development with CMI-relevant research (especially computational approaches that allow efficient utilization of high-end computers for CMI-relevant data challenges) may be submitted to the CMI program through the Computational and Data Science and Engineering (CDS&E) funding opportunity (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813).  The proposal title should be of the form “CDS&E: [Name of Your Proposal].”

The Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program supports research focusing on chemically-relevant measurement science and chemical imaging, targeting both improved understanding of new and existing methods and development of innovative approaches and instruments.  Research areas include but are not limited to sampling and separation science; electroanalytical chemistry; spectrometry; and frequency- and time-domain spectroscopy.  Chemical (as opposed to topological/morphological) imaging and measurement tools probing chemical properties and processes across a wide range of spatial scales - from macroscopic structures down to single molecules - are supported.  Innovations enabling the monitoring and imaging of rapid chemical and electronic processes and new approaches to data analysis and interpretation, including chemometrics are also relevant.  Proposals addressing established techniques must seek improved understanding and/or innovative approaches to substantially broaden applicability.  Sensor-related proposals should address new science and/or entirely new approaches to chemical sensing, with prospects for broad utility and significant enhancement of current capabilities.  Probe synthesis or assembly of array-type devices using known sensing mechanisms is better suited to programs elsewhere, as is tailoring of known sensing mechanisms to specific new applications.  Similarly, engineering aspects of membrane separations, microfluidics, and/or "lab-on-a-chip" device design, technology, and application, are better directed elsewhere.  Development of imaging contrast agents is not supported, although proposals addressing entirely new mechanisms of chemical imaging can be.

Included among proposals considered by the Program are those (formerly submitted to the CRIF:ID program) for which the primary focus is on development of new instrumentation enabling chemical measurements likely to be of wide interest and utility to the chemistry research community.  Such proposals should include the words "Instrument Development" at the beginning of the title, and include in the Project Description consideration of a development timeline, potential utility, and prospects for promulgation of the idea, should it prove viable; these tend to be of interest to reviewers of instrument development proposals.  Proposals with large equipment requests (over $150,000) may be better suited to the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program; investigators are urged to discuss such proposals with a program officer before submission.  Proposals with anticipated utility primarily in other communities (e.g., biology) should be directed to programs in other Directorates or to MRI.  Industrial partnerships (e.g., via "GOALI" - Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) are encouraged as means of enhancing promulgation, but concepts nearing commercialization are better fits to SBIR or STTR Programs.

Proposals for optimizing and/or utilizing established methods for specific applications should be directed to programs focused on the application.  There are closely-related programs in other Divisions; where to submit depends on the primary focus of the proposed research.


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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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