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Division of Chemistry

Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU)

Name Email Phone Room
Michelle  M. Bushey (703) 292-4938  1055  

Administrative Program Support: Illinois "Irma" Johnson, or (703) 292-7182


Apply to PD 08-1986 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF Division of Chemistry funds about 20-25 REU Sites a year (depending on the availability of funds) as part of the NSF-wide REU activity.  Projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

The REU program features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. 

Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at

For more detailed information on the NSF-wide REU program, please see the REU program solicitation:  NSF 12-569


Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:

Undergraduate Research Collaboratives

Main REU Program Webpage

REU Program Solicitation

REU Information for Faculty

REU Information for Students

Current Chemistry REU Site Awards

Search for an REU Site

Chemistry REU Highlights


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program