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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Planning Proposals for Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) Program
April 3, 2023
In line with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) efforts to increase diversity in the STEM workforce, the Division of Chemistry’s (CHE) PREC program (Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry, https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/partnerships-research-education-chemistry-prec) supports research and education partnership endeavors between minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and CHE-supported centers, institutes, and facilities. Through the PREC grants, CHE aims to increase recruitment, retention, and degree attainment of those members of groups that are most underrepresented in chemistry research, as defined in the PREC Solicitation (NSF 21-620, https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21620).
Establishing meaningful collaborations to support a competitive PREC proposal requires time and resources, which may impose unnecessary barriers to some. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CHE seeks to catalyze collaborative partnerships with a CHE center, institute, or facility (see list below) by encouraging submission of Planning Proposals which could help to mitigate barriers for the proposing institutions and PIs.
A planning grant can be used to support initial conceptualization, planning and collaboration activities to facilitate the formulation of new and sound plans for future submission to PREC. Anticipated planning activities could include, but are not limited to: planning visits/meetings with partnering institutions to discuss potential collaborations, exchanges to launch/initiate scientific collaboration, strategic planning (including development of a collaborative research plan), and development of evaluation strategies.
PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION
Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guidance for Planning Proposals specified in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.F.1. They must be submitted through Research.gov. Proposers should select the current PAPPG as the funding opportunity and direct proposals to the CHE Broadening Participation program.
Interested proposers should consider the following guidance carefully:
- The proposal must include a clear statement as to why this project is appropriate for a PREC planning proposal, including how the funds will be used to formulate a sound approach for future submission to the PREC program.
- The proposed research should be aligned with research supported by the relevant CHE center, institute, or facility. The planning proposal is encouraged to outline a vision for a partnership that simultaneously promotes inclusiveness and research excellence.
- The Principal Investigator (PI) must hold a faculty appointment at an eligible MSI that awards degrees in Chemistry and must be eligible to submit a future PREC proposal as defined in the recent PREC solicitation.
- A letter of collaboration from the prospective partner (limit of 1 page) must be included in the supplementary document section. It should include information from the Director of the partnering CHE center, institute or facility outlining their role in and commitment to the planning process.
- Proposals may request up to $100,000/year and up to two years in duration.
Prospective PIs must send an initial concept outline by email no later than June 1, 2023, to one of the Program Officers listed below. An approval from at least one NSF Program Officer to submit a full planning proposal must be uploaded by the PI as a document entitled “Planning – Program Officer Concurrence Email” in the Supplementary Documentation section in Research.gov. Full proposals submitted in response to this DCL for consideration in FY 2023 are welcome through July 1, 2023, but earlier submission is strongly encouraged.
Eligible partners include the following CHE-supported Phase II Centers for Chemical Innovations (CCI), institutes, or facilities, listed below with their preferred contacts for the purposes of this DCL.
- NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology https://susnano.wisc.edu/, POC: Dr. Robert Hamers, email: email@example.com
- NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials https://gem-net.net/, POC: Dr. Sarah Smaga, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSF Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry https://cci.utah.edu/, POC: Dr. Shelley Minteer, email: email@example.com
- NSF Center for the Chemistry of Molecularly Optimized Networks https://monet.duke.edu/, POC: Dr. Stephen Craig, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSF Center for Computer Assisted Synthesis https://ccas.nd.edu/, POC: Dr. Olaf Wiest, email: email@example.com
- NSF ChemMatCARS Facility https://chemmatcars.uchicago.edu/, POC: Dr. Binhua Lin, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSF Molecule Maker Lab Institute https://moleculemaker.org/, POC: Dr. Huimin Zhao, email: email@example.com
- NSF National Extreme Ultrafast Science Facility https://nsf-nexus.osu.edu/, POC: Dr. Robert Baker, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MolSSI, The Molecular Science Software Institute https://molssi.org/, POC: Dr. T. Daniel Crawford, email: email@example.com
Please contact the following Program Officers for concept outline submission or any question regarding this DCL:
- Anne-Marie Schmoltner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samy El-Shall email@example.com
- Tanya Whitmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean L. Jones,
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
FAQ for NSF ExpanAI Program
The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program is a multi-year program that aims to significantly diversify participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development and partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem. Proposals may be submitted only by a minority-serving college or university meeting the criteria listed under ‘Eligible Institutions of Higher Education’ in this program solicitation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) Program (NSF 23-506)
Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (A New NSF Solicitation)
Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI). The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program aims to significantly broaden participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development projects and through partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem. Proposals may be submitted only by a minority-serving college or university meeting the criteria listed under ‘Eligible Institutions of Higher Education’ in this program solicitation.
Due Dates: January 09, 2023 – March 13, 2023; March 14, 2023 – June 26, 2023; June 27, 2023 – October 20, 2023; January 8 2024 – March 11, 2024.
Register in advance for ExpandAI webinars at:
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: 188.8.131.52 (US West) or 184.108.40.206 (US East)
Meeting ID: 160 688 1553
Partnerships for Research Innovation in the Mathematical Sciences (PRIMES) (A New NSF Solicitation)
Partnerships for Research Innovation in the Mathematical Sciences (PRIMES)
The NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences’ Partnerships for Research Innovation in the Mathematical Sciences program aims to enhance partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DMS-supported Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes. The activity seeks to boost the participation of members of groups underrepresented in the mathematical sciences through their increased involvement in research programs at the institutes.
Target dates: May 26, 2023. Last Friday in May, Annually Thereafter
iMERS: Spring ’23 NIH Grant Workshop
SPRING 2023 NIH GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
We’re accepting applications through Tuesday, January 3rd, for our expenses-paid grant writing workshop on the University of Kentucky campus. View our event flyer and workshop ebook for more information. Apply here or below.
Applicants: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Location: University of Kentucky Campus, Lexington, KY
Workshop Date: Mon-Wed, March 27-29, 2023
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 3, 2023, 5:00 PM EDT
Applicants Notified: Early January 2023
Download application instructions
If you’re a faculty member at a Minority Serving Institution with promising research, consider applying for our immersive three-day workshop. Successful applicants will have an expense-paid opportunity to attend didactic lectures, participate in interactive exercises, and work with a faculty mentor for personalized post-workshop support. A Specific Aims draft is optional to apply but providing one will be weighed heavily in the decision-making process.
We encourage applicants to consider their possible workshop participation when scheduling courses and teaching activities for the new semester.