The National Science Foundation Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCIs) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication. In that regard, CCIs provide unique Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) in which students are immersed in collaborative research environments throughout the USA.  Accepted candidates can choose from a range of institutions where to conduct their summer research.

Participants in the CCI summer research programs receive a wide range of exciting opportunities, including:

  • A competitive stipend, travel award and housing for 10 weeks
  • Engaging in innovative, cutting edge multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research
  • Interacting with prominent leaders in the chemical sciences
  • Participating in seminars, workshops, career planning sessions and other professional development opportunities

This is a list of the active chemistry summer REU programs within the CCIs. Every Center has a web page where more information can be obtained. Clicking on a highlighted site title should direct you to the external web page. Please report errors in the list below by writing to Dr. Lloyd Munjanja at


CCIResearch TopicContactREU Site URL
Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE)
Transforming ability to accurately predict the impact of aerosols on climate and the environment by bringing real-world chemical complexity into the laboratory.Olivia Ryder
CCI Solar
Efficient and economical conversion of solar energy into stored chemical fuels.Michelle DeBoever
Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)
Developing the essential science and technology to probe single chemical events in real space/time.Danielle Watt
Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE)
Understanding how small molecules can self assemble and evolve to form biopolymers like RNA and proteins, and how this may have played a role in the origins of life.Christopher Parsons
Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF)
Freeing synthetic chemistry from the confines of functional groups and developing C-H functionalization to revolutionize the practice of chemical synthesis.Lloyd Munjanja
Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP)
Providing society with technologically competitive, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable polymeric materials.Jennifer Henderson
Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN)
Investigating the fundamental molecular mechanisms
by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems.
Miriam Krause (for non-veterans) (for veterans)