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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-575 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

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

Supports Phase 1 and Phase 2 research centers 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 2023 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2026.

The FY 2023 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, Biotechnology, Climate Research and Sustainability, Clean Energy and Quantum Information Science. More information is available in Section IX of this Program Solicitation. 

The FY 2023 Phase II CCI competition is open to projects funded as Phase I awards in FY 2020. 


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
Robin L. McCarley
rmccarle@nsf.gov (703) 292-7514
Colby A. Foss
cfoss@nsf.gov (703) 292-5327 MPS/CHE

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