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NSF 98-61 February 12, 1998 Information and Upcoming Opportunities (FY 1998) Kinetics, Catalysis, and Molecular Processes Program (KCMP

) a subelement of the Chemical Reaction Processes Program National Science Foundation - ENG Directorate - CTS Division Dear colleague, This note provides information on the KCMP program for 1997 and describes the new funding opportunities for 1998. NSF Goals for FY98 and Beyond Information on the KCMP program during 1997 Highlights on Awards and Special Competitions Workshops/Conferences held during 1997 Partnerships Upcoming Workshops and Conferences for 1998 Request for Proposal White Papers for 1998 Program Announcements for Early 1998 NSF Goals for FY98 and Beyond The NSF continues to emphasize activities in selected multidisciplinary research areas: * Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence (KDI) * Life and Earth's Environment (LEE) * Education for the Future (EFF) The KCMP program encourages research attuned to these themes. One of the categories of the KDI initiative pertains to theoretical and computational chemical engineering. For example, molecular-level theory and simulation methods are leading to knowledge-based predictive chemical engineering. These advances, increasingly coupled with informatics and theoretically-guided experimentation, represent a motif of KDI in the domain of reaction engineering. Undoubtedly, other KDI paradigms await exploitation, including those that present innovative approaches to collaborative learning and experimentation.The announcement for FY 1998 is at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/kdi/. LEE encompasses a wide range of activities designed to foster research on the interdependencies among living organisms and environments. Examples of such activities are research related to Global Change and Urban Communities; research to minimize the possibility of hazardous events, to assess and control pollution, and to manipulate engineered systems and their interaction with the natural environment. The KCMP program is currently supporting research that will lead to more efficient management of our environment and thus higher standard of living for the human species. The program plans to support more research leading to better understanding and uses of chemical processes that affect life. LEE's current announcement pertains specifically to life in extreme environments (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/lexen/start.htm) but a broader announcement may soon become available. The integration of research and education is the main goal of Education for the Future. NSF rewards institutions that exemplify such endeavor (http://www.nsf.gov/od /osti/aire/nsf9835/nsf9835.htm). The KCMP program deals with interrelated fundamental and applied science; thus it favors close linkage between scientific training and industrial application. REU sites and supplements are encouraged (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/start.htm), as are CAREER (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/start.htm), GOALI (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/goali/) and other proposals such as IGERT (http://www.nsf.gov/home/ crssprgm/igert/start.htm) involving undergraduate

and graduate students. Research proposals that involve students and faculty utilizing government laboratory resources will be increasingly promoted (for example, NIST: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1997/nsf97109/nsf97109.htm and NIH: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf9848/nsf9848.htm.) Information on the KCMP program during 1997 The KCMP program reviewed 68 unsolicited proposals, 28 proposals responding to special announcements, and a number of conference proposals. It also participated as secondary program in the review of 23 other proposals (excluding SBIR). The decision process was assisted by mixed mail and panel reviews obtained from 730 extramural experts. The program budget was $4.7M. Including leverage funding from other programs, $5.8M was awarded among 95 grants and supplements. The success rate for unsolicited proposals was 24%, and for CAREER (young investigator) proposals was 18%. Over the past three years, 24% of young investigator applicants has received CAREER awards. MRI (major research instrumentation) and REG (small equipment) proposal success rate was 28% (for 1998, the REG program no longer exists. See http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf9832/nsf9832.htm). Other special programs (POWRE, NSF/EPA) were more competitive, with a success rate of (18%, 15%) for the CTS division.

Highlights on Awards and Special Competitions * 1998 CAREER awards: Christopher Klug (Stanford U.), Gustavo Larsen (U. Nebraska), and Jochen Lauterbach (Purdue U.) * 1997 CAREER awards: Matthew Neurock (U. Virginia), Fabio Ribeiro (WPI), and Panagiotis (Peter) Smirniotis (U. Cincinnati). * 1997 POWRE grant: Perla Balbuena (U. South Carolina). * 1997 NSF/EPA co-grantees: James Haw (Texas A&M U.) and John B. Nicholas (PNNL) * 1997 MRI co-grantees: Norman Wagner and Douglas Doren (U. Delaware) * Special Creativity Award: Robert Hamers (U. Wisconsin-Madison) (co-funded with the Chemistry division) * The KCMP program awarded also five REU grants, two SGER grants, and three research equipment grants.

Workshops/Conferences held during 1997 (Contact chairperson if soliciting reports or information.) * NSF-DOE Workshop on Future Directions for Theoretical Catalysis: Homogeneous, Heterogeneous and Surface Reactivity, S. Francisco, April 18-19, 1997, chaired by Matthew Neurock (U.Virginia) and Alex Bell (UCBerkeley). * NSF Workshop on Future Directions in Molecular Modeling and Simulation: Fundamentals and Applications, Arlington, Nov. 3-4, 1997, chaired by Peter Cummings (U.Tenn.) * North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Chicago, May 1997. * Gordon Conference on Catalysis, NH, July 1997. Contact: Vincent Durante (Sun Oil).

Partnerships The KCMP program has continued to sponsor or encourage collaborations between NSF and EPA, DOE, national laboratories, and DOC (NIST and ATP).For example, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1997/nsf97109/nsf97109.htm, http://www.eng.nsf.gov/ne ws/nsf97-120/start.htm, and http://www.nsf.gov/pub

s/1997/nsf97135/nsf97135.htm, which are prototypes of future interagency collaborations. The program also co-sponsors industry-university collaborations via established formats such as GOALI, STC, IUCRC, or ERC (http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/publicat/bulletin/b9801/cdp.htm, http://www.eng.nsf.gov/eec/eec.htm)

Upcoming Workshops and Conferences for 1998 * NSF Workshop on Materials Design and Processing at the Nano and Mesoscales through Self-Assembly, Arlington, VA, Jan. 13-14, 1998, chaired by Matthew Tirrell (U.Minn.) * Multiagency Workshop on Global Assessment of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Rosslyn, VA, February 10, 1998, chaired by Richard Siegel (Rensselaer P.I.) * ATP (NIST) Catalysis, Biocatalysis and Separations Technologies Combined Program Workshop, Gaithersburg, MD, February 18, 1998. Contact: Robert Bloksberg-Fireovid (ATP) * Gordon Conference on Catalysis. Contact: Raymond Gorte (U.Penn.) * NSF-CNRS Workshop on Photo-Electro-Chemical Engineering, TBA * NSF-CNPq-Conicet-Conicyt Workshop on Chemical Reactions and Separations Engineering in the Americas, TBA * NSF Workshop on Fine Chemical Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, TBA

Request for Proposal White Papers for 1998 The KCMP program encourages the research community to submit ideas regarding the organization of topical workshops and other special activities. Send email/letter to rmiranda@nsf.gov/NSF-Rm 525, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, up to a page long, describing the intended activity and detailing its possible duration, venue, and names of organizers and participants. The following are examples of special activities of interest to the KCMP program. * NSF Workshop on Alternative Chemical Processes: Concern for the Environment, Energy, and Renewable Resources (one day) * NSF Workshop on Theorico-Experimental Advances in Molecular, Supramolecular, and Interfacial Engineering (one day) * Panel Discussion on the Prospective Uses of Microfabrication, Combinatorial Synthesis, and Organized Mesoscale Structures for Catalysis and Chemically Active Materials (midday or evening session at a professional meeting) * Panel Discussion on The Future Bio-Inorganic Catalysts and their Chemistry in Industrial and Life Processes (midday or evening session at a professional meeting) * Open Forum on Opportunities and Funding Needs for Catalytic Chemistry and Engineering in the Years 2000 (midday or evening session at a professional meeting)

Program Announcements for Early 1998 Three new initiatives are specially noted: * Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence. (A brief description is given above.) Find the announcement for FY98 at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf9855/nsf9855.htm. The letter of intent is due on April 1 and the full proposal on May 8, 1998. * Partnership in Nanotechnology: Synthesis, Processing, and Utilization of Functional Nanostructures. The KCMP program is partnering with other NSF

programs and federal agencies in promoting the advanced development of this branch of science and technology. The deadline for proposals is February 17, 1998 (http://www.nsf.gov/nano). * NSF/EPA Partnership for Environmental Research: Technology for a Sustainable Environment. This is the fourth consecutive-year solicitation for proposals addressing chemical technology solutions to pollution prevention. The deadline for proposals is February 17, 1998 (http://www.nsf.gov/geo/egch/envresop.htm#epa1998). * NSF Initiative on Long Term Durability of Materials and Structures: Modeling and Accelerated Techniques. Aging of materials, chemical degradation at electrochemical or gas-solid interfaces, self-repairing materials, and reliable predictions of life or long-term performance are examples of issues pertinent to the KCMP program. Deadline is March 25, 1998 (http://www.eng.nsf.gov/programs/nsf98-42.htm). Other important notes are the following: * CTS Equipment Grant Policy and deadlines (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/ 1998/nsf9832/nsf9832.htm). * GOALI (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/goali/). * IUCRC Augmented Funding for Exploratory Research Projects (http://www.eng.nsf.gov/programs/nsf97-164.htm) * Additional opportunities and up-to-date information are found in the ENG page (http://www.nsf.gov/home/eng/start.htm) and at the Crosscutting Programs page (http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/start.htm). * General information and application forms are in the Grants Proposal Guide (http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/cpo/gpg/start.htm). Please feel free to apprise your colleagues of this note. Raul Miranda PD, KCMP Program, rmiranda@nsf.gov NSF-Rm 525, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 703-306-1371