Limited Submission Programs - NSF - EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle
OSP Deadline 03/13/13
Funding Agency Deadline


Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: This solicitation is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry (CHE) to encourage synergy and enhance cooperation in examining the life cycles of synthetic chemicals and materials as they relate to their manufacture, use, transport, and disposal or recycle. The Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs) will promote development of trans-disciplinary, systems- and molecular-level understanding of the life cycle of important (relevant) synthetic chemicals and materials (including nanomaterials) as these distribute and are potentially altered through use in society and interaction with the built and natural environments. For this solicitation, "chemicals" refers broadly to any and all materials, compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals, including nanomaterials. Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to provide methods and tools for characterizing and predicting environmental and health implications of chemical manufacture and use across the life cycle.

Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NCCLC 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.

It is expected that research teams in the NCCLC awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS) solicitation (see: The researchers working in these two network groups are expected to conduct complementary research and; thus, will benefit from interaction with each other at annual EPA All-Investigators Meetings (also known as progress reviews).

Please see the solicitation for complete information.



Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1) submission

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The bio sketch/CV of the UT PI
Each college may submit no more than one (1) nomination for consideration.


NCCLCs 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.

An investigator may participate (as a PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel) in only one proposal submitted to this competition. If an individual is listed as PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel on multiple proposals, all of the proposals including this individual will be deemed ineligible for the competition and returned without review.

Note to Potential Applicants

Internal review documents do not reflect the applications requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance

Dr. David Allen, School of Engineering

Posting Date 12/26/12