Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Chemistry (CHE)
Sponsor ID: NSF 11-552
Abstract: The CCI program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract … more »broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. CCIs 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.
The CCI program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science and integrative elements of a CCI before requesting Phase II funding. Phase I proposals funded in FY 2012 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2015. Only organizations receiving Phase I awards in FY2009 are eligible to request Phase II funding in FY 2012.
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
- developing clean, safe, and economical alternatives to traditional chemical products and practices;
- exploring alternatives to petroleum as a source of feedstock chemicals, including biorenewables;
- exploring earth-abundant, inexpensive and benign alternatives to rare, expensive and toxic chemicals (examples include indium, germanium, rare earth elements and platinum catalysts); and
- developing efficient recognition/sequestration and recycling of key elements essential for sustainability, for example phosphorus and rare earth elements.
Projects involving alternative energy, climate change and other aspects of sustainability are best supported by the SEES solicitations and will not be considered in CCI in FY2012.
NSF 11-552 replaces NSF 10-585.