R2I CCI: Chemical Centers of Innovation

The National Science Foundation’s program, Centers for Chemical Innovation or "CCI", supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges aimed at producing transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations and must integrate research, innovation, education, and public outreach and include a plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups.

The CCI program is a two-phase program. Phase 1 grants are $1.5M for three years with the opportunity to apply for a Phase 2 grant for $20M over 4 years.

Research to Innovation at CCI
The CCI Research to Innovation (R2I) program has been designed expressly for researchers engaged in the National Science Foundation’s Phase 1 Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI).

The goal of the R2I program is to ensure that Phase 1 CCI Center researchers have the skills to effectively translate their research into innovations and to develop and execute an aligned R2I translation plan. Both the innovation ideas and the translation plan can act as part of the preparation for a CCI Phase 2 submittal.

The workshops provide CCI participants—faculty, post docs, students and their support ecosystem—with the skills to:

  • Utilize and implement the R2I process as specifically related to their research;
  • Define innovation options from their research that are aligned with market needs;
  • Develop a R2I translation plan
  • Develop criteria for analyzing and evaluating R2I translation plans

This program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Chemistry Division into the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance.

Cornell Unversity

Emory University

Georgia Tech University

North Carolina State University

Oregon State University

University of Chicago

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Texas at Austin

University of Virginia