About Chemistry (CHE)


We envision NSF CHE as:

  1. A global leader in transforming chemical discovery and innovation, while advancing chemistry education, literacy and America's competitive edge.
  2. Encouraging chemists to lead multi-disciplinary efforts that expand humanity's knowledge and address short- and long-term societal problems.
  3. A major voice in the communication of the value of chemistry to the public.
  4. Comprised of outstanding staff dedicated to the vitality of the field of chemistry.


The Division of Chemistry (CHE) supports innovative research in chemical sciences, integrated with education, through strategic investment in developing a globally engaged U.S. chemistry workforce reflecting the diversity of America.

Chemistry's Carousel Photo Credits:

  1. Eric Borguet and Parisa Yasini, Temple University, Award #: 1508567
  2. Yueshen Wu and Hailiang Wang, Yale University, Award #: 1651717
  3. Dr. Michio Matsumoto, Cornell University, Award #: 1413862
  4. ATE Centers Impact 2016-2017 (www.atecenters.org)


Reflecting our values we believe in:

  1. The importance of fundamental scientific research for the benefit of society.
  2. Empowering future generations in science and engineering.
  3. Maintaining the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
  4. Fairness, openness and clear communication.
  5. Diversity of the scientific workforce and broadening participation in all CHE activities at all levels

Funding Opportunities by Category

For Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

For Postdoctoral Fellows

For Faculty


Special Interests:

  • Rapid Response Research (RAPID): See Section II.D.1 of GPG: Supports proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.
  • EArly Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER): See Section II.D.2 of GPG: Supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches; EAGER proposals may include international.
  • Science and Technology Centers: Supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate.