November 2023

NSF Planning Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to a team lead by Hrant to develop a full proposal for the next round of Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) program. The grant is titled "Planning: PREC: The UC Merced/MolSSI Chemical Computation and Theory Pathway Program" and will support a UC Merced team working with the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) to develop a partnership that could form the basis of a future submission to the Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) program. Specifically, this planning grant examines and develops a Chemical Computation and Theory Pathway (CCTP) program bringing together scientists at the University of California, Merced (UC Merced), a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the NSF-CHE supported MolSSI. The planning project aims to develop the CCTP program to advance chemical computation and theory and to broaden participation of persons from underrepresented communities in the chemical research enterprise. The CCTP planning project involves three key activities: (1) in person team meetings; (2) research community discussions; and (3) periodic team member teleconference meetings. The CCTP vision develops a program enhancing diversity in the chemical sciences research and training pipeline. Hrant is the PI on the grant; Professors Liang Shi, Christine Isborn, David Strubbe, and Aurora Pribram-Jones are Co-PIs.