Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials NSF 12-097

SCOPE:  The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter  is to draw your attention to the opportunity for research and education in the chemical sciences and engineering related to sustainable synthesis, use, and reuse of chemicals and materials under the initiative of Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials.  SusChEM is a new emphasis area in the family of programs in the NSF-wide Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative. As with all SEES programs, SusChEM proposals must advance science, engineering, and education to inform societal actions aimed at environmental and economic sustainability. Proposals are expected to take a systems-based approach to understanding, predicting, and reacting to change.  For FY 2013, the participating divisions are the Division of Chemistry (CHE); the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); and the Division of Materials Research (DMR).

SUBMISSION:  Proposals should be submitted within the existing submission window of the relevant program and under a title that begins with ‘SusChEM: ‘.  Proposals are welcome from either multiple or single investigators. Interdisciplinary and Collaborative  Proposals among Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged and should be submitted to the most relevant program in one division while identifying possible co-review programs in the other divisions (by listing the appropriate NSF units.

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