Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Program (CHE-DRP)

June 7, 2021

Chemistry Disciplinary Research Programs (CHE-DRP) Solicitation: (NSF 21-589): https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21589

All proposals to: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); and Chemical Synthesis (SYN): September 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

All proposals to: Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN): October 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021.

The NSF Division of Chemistry (CHE) supports a large and vibrant research community engaged in fundamental discovery, invention, and innovation in the chemical sciences. The projects supported by CHE explore the frontiers of chemical science, develop the foundations for future technologies and industries that meet changing societal needs, and prepare the next generation of chemical researchers. 

This solicitation covers individual investigator and small team proposal submission to the nine CHE Disciplinary Research Programs (DRP).  The submission windows for the CHE-DRP remain unchanged. 

Please note the following changes from the previous CHE-DRP:

As a revision from previous Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Program Solicitations (NSF 20-577 and previous), the number of submissions per investigator per funding cycle has been clarified. An investigator can serve as a PI, Co-PI, or senior personnel on at most two proposals provided at least one is a collaborative proposal (with at least one other PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel). Both proposals may be collaborative.

Program element codes are provided to facilitate using the NSF Awards Search engine.

Updates have been made to areas supported by CHE.

Proposals for EAGER, RAPID, RAISE, and conferences, as well as supplemental funding requests to existing grants, are not subject to this limitation and may be submitted at any time after consultation with the cognizant NSF Program Officer.

Proposals submitted to other solicitations (e.g., Centers for Chemical Innovation, Major Research Instrumentation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites, or CAREER) are also not subject to the limit on proposal submissions.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. 



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