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Centers for Chemical Innovation Phase I (CCI-I)

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This document has been archived.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.

Formerly known as Chemical Bonding Centers (CBC)


The CCI Program is designed to support the formation of centers that can address major, long-term basic chemical research problems that have a high probability of both producing transformative research and leading to innovation.  Appropriate research problems are high-risk but potentially high-impact and will 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 include researchers from disciplines other than Chemistry and from academia, industry, government laboratories and international organizations.  CCIs are expected to integrate research, education, and outreach and to include a plan to broaden participation to under-represented groups.  Proposals should contain a compelling strategy for achieving demonstrable impact in all of these areas.

The CCI program is a two-phase program. The Phase I review process consists of a preliminary proposal that will be peer reviewed, followed by an invited full proposal to explore development of a Phase I CCI.  Phase I CCI's receive significant resources to develop the scientific, educational, innovation and management aspects of a CCI before requesting Phase II funding. Phase I proposals funded in FY 2009 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2012.

Program contacts

Katharine J. Covert
Program Director
kcovert@nsf.gov (703) 292-4950 MPS/CHE

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