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Division of Chemistry

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry  (MSN)


Name Email Phone Room
Suk-Wah  Tam-Chang stamchan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8684  1055 S  
James  . Lisy jlisy@nsf.gov (703) 292-2251   
Marjorie  Langell mlangell@nsf.gov (703) 292-8404  1055  
Linda  Peteanu lpeteanu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8841  1055.39  

Administrative Program Support:  Kimberly Noble, knoble@nsf.gov or
(703) 292-2969


Apply to PD 09-6885 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

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 sustainable chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program with the Proposal Title as:  ‘SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information, see the DCL on SusChEM (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13013/nsf13013.pdf), a new NSF Emphasis Area."   

The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program focuses on basic research that addresses fundamental questions regarding the chemistry of macromolecular, supramolecular and nanoscopic species and other organized structures and that advances chemistry knowledge in these areas.  Research of interest to this program will explore novel chemistry concepts in the following topics: (1) The development of novel synthetic approaches to clusters, nanoparticles, polymers, and supramolecular architectures; innovative surface functionalization methodologies; surface monolayer chemistry; and template-directed synthesis.  (2) The study of molecular-scale interactions that give rise to macromolecular, supramolecular or nanoparticulate self-assembly into discrete structures; and the study of chemical forces and dynamics that are responsible for spatial organization in discrete organic, inorganic, or hybrid systems (excluding extended solids).  (3) Investigations that utilize advanced experimental or computational methods to understand or to predict the chemical structure, unique chemical and physicochemical properties, and chemical reactivities that result from the organized or nanoscopic structures.  Research in which theory advances experiment and experiment advances theory synergistically is of special interest.

Submissions that advance MSN chemistry knowledge important for addressing national needs for sustainability are of particular interest. Examples include: 1) transformative approaches to the efficient and inexpensive synthesis of recyclable polymers or polymers using renewable feedstocks; 2) innovative research to enhance our understanding of the supramolecular recognition of critical elements essential for efficient sequestration and recycling of such elements; 3) innovative research to enhance our understanding of the supramolecular chemistry important for the design and synthesis of catalysts that rival enzymes in substrate specificity, stereoselectivity, yields, and efficiency (selection or genetic engineering of enzymes or screening of combinatorial libraries of catalysts are not of interest); 4) novel chemistry of nanostructures comprised of earth-abundant elements to substitute for nanostructures that contain critical elements; and 5) innovative approaches to the preparation of novel nanostructures of critical elements for efficient/sustainable use of these elements.  The MSN Program encourages white paper submissions for potential EAGER proposals on highly innovative and potentially transformative ideas on these topics.

Proposals for which the primary focus is on extended solids, materials research, biological properties, device properties, or engineering are not appropriate for this program, and the principal investigator is encouraged to look into corresponding programs at NSF for proposal submission.


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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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