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Division of Chemistry

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.