Chemical Process Systems Cluster (CPS)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Chemical processes are critical in the production of chemicals, materials, clean water, energy, pharmaceuticals, and other commodities. The Chemical Process Systems (CPS) Cluster has four programs that support fundamental science and engineering research for the development of novel materials, mechanisms, and/or tools to improve the efficiency, resource utilization, and/or intensification of chemical processes. This cluster supports research seeking innovations in catalytic design, reaction engineering, multiphase chemical separations processes, molecular thermodynamics, process control and design, and sustainable energy conversion. The overarching goal of the CPS programs is to support basic research that improves the overall efficiency and product yields of chemical processes while reducing the size and complexity of process equipment and minimizing emissions. The CPS Cluster welcomes proposals that align closely with one of the four core programs, or that integrate various aspects of the core programs.

Program contacts

See program guidelines for contact information.

Christina Payne (703) 292-2895 ENG/CBET
Robert McCabe
Program Director (703) 292-4826 ENG/CBET
Raymond A. Adomaitis (703)292-7519 ENG/CBET
Carole Read (703) 292-2418 ENG/CBET
Catherine Walker (703) 292-7125 MPS/CHE
Michelle D. Wood
Program Support (703) 292-7313 ENG/CBET
William T. Young
Program Support (703) 292-5354 ENG/CBET