Environmental Protection Agency / National Science Foundation

EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS)

Program Summary

This solicitation is jointly sponsored between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) to encourage synergistic research activities and to enhance cooperation among the chemical sciences, materials research, geosciences, engineering, and biomedical and public health communities. The agencies jointly issue the solicitation, but will separately fund awards for Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS).

Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NSMDS projects. Networks will develop strong mentoring and training activities (which include broadening participation elements) for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates. Other educational activities, such as informal science communication and the education of K-12 students or the public, are encouraged. Where appropriate, intellectual property protection and a proactive plan to engage industry in technology transfer is encouraged.


Only one proposal may be submitted from an eligible entity. If multiple proposals from a single eligible entity are submitted, all proposals from that entity will be returned without review.

NSMDS proposals should reflect the research interests of two or more investigators in keeping with the scope of the research activities proposed.

An investigator may participate (as a PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel) in only one proposal submitted to this competition. The investigator must be affiliated with an eligible organization.

Award Information 

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 6.  Awards will be funded by either EPA or NSF.

Anticipated Funding Amount: 10,000,000 to $20,000,000.  Four to six awards are anticipated in FY 2013 dependent on proposal quality, the availability of funds, and other applicable considerations. Each award is limited to a maximum of $1,250,000 per year for four years (or $5,000,000 total, including direct and indirect costs).

Internal Selection Procedure 
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, March 18, 2013.

Proposal Due to OVPRED01/28/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF03/11/2013
Date Due to Sponsor03/18/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Sponsor URL:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13523/nsf13523.htm

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