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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Phase I (center development) and Phase II (major research centers)

Supports developing centers (Phase I) and large, multi-institutional research centers (Phase II) focused on major, long-term chemical research challenges.


The Centers for Chemical Innovation (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 broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research with strong broader impacts, including innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

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, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2024 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2027.

The FY 2024 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry, and must have scientific focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. The NSF Division of Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects aligned with articulated budget priorities, including Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Semiconductor Research, Biotechnology, Climate Research and Sustainability, Clean Energy, and Quantum Information Science.

The FY 2024 Phase II CCI competition is open to projects funded as Phase I awards in FY 2021. 


Program contacts

Administrative Program Support: Valerie Maizel: vmaizel@nsf.gov or (703) 292 - 2529

Katharine J. Covert
kcovert@nsf.gov (703) 292-4950 MPS/CHE
Colby A. Foss
cfoss@nsf.gov (703) 292-5327 MPS/CHE
Greg Collins
grcollin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7064 MPS/CHE

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