OSP FO# 11-215

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Chemistry (CHE)

PROGRAM: Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

OBJECTIVES: This program supports the formation of centers that can address major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. Centers are expected to be agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. Center teams may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and public outreach and include a plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups. Team size should reflect the needs of the problem to be studied, but a minimum of three investigators is required.

CCI awards support the formation and development (Phase I) or sustained funding (Phase II) of research centers that can address major research challenges in fundamental chemistry. Successful centers will tackle challenges of large scope and impact, producing transformative research leading to innovation and enhanced economic competitiveness. CCI awards will bring researchers with shared and complementary interests into productive contact to nurture a culture of risk-taking and innovation.

For the FY 2012 Phase I competition, only projects addressing the theme of sustainable chemistry will be considered. The preliminary proposal and proposal must address how the topic addresses sustainable chemistry. Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

1. Developing clean, safe, and economical alternatives to traditional chemical products and practices.
2. Exploring alternatives to petroleum as a source of feedstock chemicals, including biorenewables.
3. Exploring earth-abundant, inexpensive and benign alternatives to rare, expensive and toxic chemicals. Examples include indium, germanium, rare earth elements and platinum catalysts.
4. Developing efficient recognition/sequestration and recycling of key elements essential for sustainability, for example phosphorus and rare earth elements.

Investigators are strongly urged to contact a cognizant Program Officer when considering submitting a proposal. Please see the program announcement below for further program details and contact information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An investigator may participate (as a PI or senior personnel) in only one CCI proposal submitted to this competition. CCI proposals should not include co-PIs. Other participating researchers should be added as senior personnel. Only organizations receiving Phase I awards in FY2009 are eligible to request Phase II funding in FY2012.

Preliminary Proposal (required for Phase I): October 5, 2011
Full Proposal (Phase II): October 25, 2011
Full Proposal (by invitation only for Phase I): March 27, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF anticipates awarding 2-4 Phase I awards and 1-3 Phase II awards. Phase I awards will be made with an estimated project budget of $1.75 million over three years. Phase II awards be made for five years with an estimated project budget of $4 million per year. Phase II awards are renewable once for an additional five years.

Katharine Covert, Program Director
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Division of Chemistry
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1055 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4950
Fax: (703) 292-9037
Email: kcovert@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11552/nsf11552.htm

REMARKS: Prior to the submission of a preliminary proposal, investigators are strongly urged to discuss ideas with the appropriate program officer. Please see the complete program guidelines for a complete list of cognizant program officers. Preliminary proposals are required for Phase I and must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system.

Full proposals must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-552 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.