Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Research
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: National Science Foundation
What’s it worth?: Not mentioned

The Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A) program was organized to support research studies focusing on the nature of molecular structure and its consequences for reactivity, intermolecular interactions, and dynamics. The CSDM prioritizes experimental projects but may also fund computational research methods. This program targets phenomena in:

  • Gas and fluid phases
  • Chemical interface processes at

– Gas-fluid
– Gas-solid
– Fluid-solid
– Fluid-fluid

Example topics for the CSDM-A program include femtosecond time-resolved studies of solvent effects on:

  • Reaction dynamics
  • Photoelectron spectroscopy of gas phase ions and clusters
  • Nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy of liquid-liquid interfaces
  • Diffraction/scanning probe studies of molecular adsorbates on metal surfaces
  • Molecular modeling of clathrate hydrate growth

The program does not typically support solid phase chemical processes and devices.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards approximately 11,000 grants every year typically range between $100,000 and $500,000. All applications must be submitted electronically through the website during target dates and before the deadline and the title should specify ‘CSDM-A’ to distinguish it from regular CTMC proposals. To successfully submit on the website, applicants must also have a DUNS number, an identification number from the NSF, and SAM registration. Eligible participants include:

  • Universities & Colleges
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • State & Local Governments
  • Unaffiliated Individuals
  • Foreign organizations
  • Other Federal Agencies

Eligible applicants typically will submit a letter of intent expressing interest in the program and intention to apply; absence of a letter of intent will result in a rejection of a full proposal. After submitting a letter of intent eligible applicants will be invited to submit a preliminary proposal or full proposal depending on the history of the applicant and the information received from the letter of intent.