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Chemical Measurement and Imaging  (CMI)

Name Email Phone Room
Kelsey  D. Cook (703) 292-7490  1055.39  
Lin  He (703) 292-4956  1055 S  
Michelle  Bushey (703) 292-4938  1055 S  

Administrative Program Support: Marsha Hawkins, or (703)292-4877



Apply to PD 09-6880 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures 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 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

    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 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 (, 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 to other water systems (for example via agricultural run-off).

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.  Development of new chemical imaging and measurement tools probing chemical properties and processes are supported.  Innovations enabling the monitoring and imaging of chemical and electronic processes across a wide range of time and length scales are also relevant.  New approaches to data analysis and interpretation (including chemometrics) are encouraged.  Proposals addressing established techniques must seek improved understanding and/or innovative approaches to substantially broaden applicability.  Sensor-related proposals should address new approaches to chemical sensing, with prospects for broad utility and significant enhancement of current capabilities.

Topics also considered by CMI include the development of new instrumentation enabling chemical measurements likely to be of wide interest and utility to the chemistry research community.  These 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 technique, should it prove viable. 

Industrial partnerships are encouraged through the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation as means of enhancing promulgation, but concepts nearing commercialization are better fits to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. 

The CMI Program does not encourage proposals addressing: the development of techniques for topological/morphological imaging or the imaging most relevant to biological or materials fields; research based on known sensing mechanisms, such as probe synthesis or assembly of array-type devices; tailoring of known sensing mechanisms to specific new applications; engineering aspects of membrane separations, microfluidics, and/or "lab-on-a-chip" device design, technology, and application; or development of imaging probes or contrast agents.  Proposals for optimizing and/or utilizing established methods for specific applications should be directed to programs focused on the application.  Similarly, proposals addressing innovations with anticipated utility primarily in other communities (e.g., biology or materials) should be submitted to programs in those Divisions as well. Proposals with large equipment requests (over $150,000) may be better suited to the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program.  

Investigators are urged to discuss their research ideas with a CMI program officer before submission.  While important applications may enhance the broader impacts, the primary focus of the CMI Program is new chemical measurement science. 


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program