Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences

Initial inquiry: June 15, 2008
Proposal: November 13, 2008

Announcement: January 2009

The Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences supports innovative projects in any area consistent with the Foundation's broad objective to advance the chemical sciences.

The Foundation encourages proposals that are judged likely to significantly advance the chemical sciences. Examples of areas of interest include (but are not limited to): the increase in public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the chemical sciences; innovative approaches to chemistry education at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate); and efforts to make chemistry careers more attractive. Research proposals and faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student salaries are not customarily considered. Excessive travel budgets are discouraged.

Aspects of proposals that are important are:
- broad applicability beyond the submitting institution
- specific and detailed descriptions of the chemistry associated with the proposal

Favorable consideration also is given to:
- plans to assess effectiveness, including over the longer term
- significant institutional support or other sources of funding

The Foundation's Web site has listings of awards approved in recent years. Applicants may review these listings for a general sense of the Special Grant Program, although the historical award listings do not imply a topical preference for projects. Current Special Grant Program Awardees.