CCI Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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 Undergraduates (REU) in which students are immersed in collaborative research environments throughout the USA. Applicants can choose from a range of research topics and 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.
  • Participating in seminars, workshops, career planning sessions and other professional development opportunities.
  • Interacting with prominent leaders in the chemical sciences.

Scroll down for 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 will direct you to the external web page.

Click on the links below to find out more about opportunities at each Center

NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE)

Transforming the ability to accurately predict the impact of aerosols on climate and the environment by bringing real-world chemical complexity into the laboratory.


Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)

Developing the essential science and technology to probe single chemical events in real space/time


Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE)

Elucidating 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.


NSF Center for Selective C–H Functionalization

Freeing synthetic chemistry from the confines of functional groups and developing C-H functionalization to revolutionize the practice of chemical synthesis.


Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP)

Providing society with technologically competitive, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable polymeric materials.


Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN)

Investigating the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems.