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  NSF: EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs)NSF 13-524

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.

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).

USC may only submit one application in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by February 11, 2013.. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

NSF indicates that a letter of intent is NOT APPLICABLE and a full proposal is due by March 18, 2013. For more information:
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