• LOI: 08/13/2019
  • Proposal: 02/19/2020


  • Amount: up to $1.8m
  • Duration: 3 years


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, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The FY 2020 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. NSF Chemistry particularly encourages fundamental chemistry projects related to one or more of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

Phase I Centers for Chemical Innovation

The FY 2020 Phase I CCI competition is open to fundamental chemistry projects in all areas supported by the Division of Chemistry. Successful proposals will have a clear chemistry focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. The CCI Program seeks to build a broad portfolio representing the interests of the NSF Division of Chemistry. The Division of Chemistry particularly encourages CCI proposals or projects within proposals aligned with chemistry aspects of one or more of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, as described at

Phase I awardees must engage in research, broader impact activities, and center development activities over the three-year duration of this award. The research activities may build on pre-existing efforts, but new, collaborative results attributed to the CCI award are expected. The Phase I award will also develop broader impact activities in the four required areas, including piloting and developing center-scale activities. Center development includes the development of a strategic plan covering all aspects of a CCI.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

The team of investigators for a Phase I proposal must include at least four senior researchers with complementary expertise. While there is no upper limit on the number of Phase I investigators, proposers are cautioned to avoid teams that are too large to collaborate effectively. The available resources should also be carefully considered in assembling the team. CCIs may collaborate with researchers from industry, national laboratories and international organizations.

An investigator may participate (as PI or Faculty Associate) in only one preliminary proposal and one full proposal (Phase I or Phase II) submitted in response to this solicitation.


Contact Information

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.