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

This solicitation is jointly sponsored by 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).

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 and 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.

The University may submit only one proposal for this program. Faculty at the Medical Center interested in submitting a proposal must send an abstract, CV, and budget to Dean Puzas (Catherine_muzytchuk@urmc.rochester.edu) by January 21, 2013. Please use the words ”Sustainable Molecular Design” in the subject line. Faculty at the River Campus interested in submitting a proposal should send an abstract, CV, and budget to the Deans via Debra Haring (debra.haring@rochester.edu) or Cindy Gary (cindy.gary@rochester.edu). The deadline for submissions to the Deans is January 21, 2013.

The Deans will forward their ranked nominations to Associate Provost Jason Adsit by January 23, 2013. A final decision from the Interim Vice President for Research about the nomination that will go forward to NSF will be announced January 30, 2013.

The complete program announcement can found here. The deadline for the full proposal is March 18, 2013. It is important to remember that ORPA must receive electronic proposals five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline, along with a completed and signed University sign-off form.


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