Please take a look at the following link to the NSF call for proposals for Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art (SCIART). The (required) Letter of Intent is due March 12, 2010 and the Full Proposal deadline is May 04, 2010: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10534/nsf10534.htm?org=NSF
For more information, read here about the jointly sponsored workshop between The National Science Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: http://mac.mellon.org/NSF-MellonWorkshop
Best of Luck!
Margaret MacDonald, PhD
Inorganic Chemist and Conservation Science Fellow
National Gallery of Art, Washington