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

NU LIMITED SUBMISSION RULES can be found at :  http://www.northeastern.edu/research/funding/limited-submissions/


TITLE:  EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS)
NSF 13-523, published 20 February 2013

URL:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13523/nsf13523.htm

DUE:  18 March 2013

LIMITS:  Only one award from NU permitted.  Please see NU rules for limited proposal submission above and inform Wittmann (-3836) of your plans to submit as soon as possible, and submit a white paper for internal competition no later than Friday, 22 February 2013

AWARD:  4 to 6 awards, totaling $10M to $20M, funded by either EPA or NSF.  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

SCOPE:  Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis are groups of two or more researchers working in trans-disciplinary fields to promote the development of safe and sustainable chemicals as well as safe and sustainable synthetic procedures. For this solicitation, “chemicals” refers broadly to any and all materials, inorganic and organic compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals (e.g., endocrine disruptors, chlorofluorocarbons, transition metal-based catalysts, macromolecules, and nanomaterials). Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to result in chemicals that are safer and more sustainable throughout their life cycle and thus, the replacement of rare, toxic, and expensive chemicals with earth abundant, benign, and renewable alternatives is anticipated. The Networks will facilitate safe design strategies, processes, and pathways (including catalytic pathways) that consume less fresh water, generate less waste, and use less energy than current practice. These new approaches will minimize hazards that arise not only from chemical structure and intended use, but also from their synthesis, production, consumption, reuse, and disposal.  Networks will develop strong mentoring and training activities (which include broadening participation elements) for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates. It is expected that research teams in the NSMDS awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLC) solicitation (see:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504811).


  • Tingyu Li, NSF Chemistry,  (703) 292-4949, email: [email protected]
  • Tyrone Mitchell, NSF Chemistry,  (703) 292-4947, email: [email protected]
  • Carol Bessel, NSF Chemistry,  (703) 292-4906, email: [email protected]
  • Timothy Patten, NSF Chemistry, (703) 292-7196, email: [email protected]
  • Luke Achenie, NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems,  (703) 292-2098, email: [email protected]
  • Barbara Karn, Program NSF / Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems,  (703) 292-7949, email: [email protected]
  • Nora Savage, Nano Team Lead, EPA,  (703) 347-8104, email: [email protected]
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