NSF-Network for Computation Nanotechnology (NCN)
To: Chairs, Departments in the Physical Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: November 1, 2011
Subject: NSF-Network for Computation Nanotechnology (NCN)
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Monday, November 14, 2011; Deadline for internal competition is TBD.
In an effort to facilitate the development of research proposals for this call, the Graduate School will be offering a facilitation meeting on Monday November 7 at 1:30 pm in 1360 Genetics/Biotechnology Center. The goal of this meeting is to enable PIs and others interested in this request to meet each other and begin to form synergistic teams for developing a response to the call for applications. The meeting will also provide potential applicants with information regarding keys to the success of interdisciplinary applications and information regarding an IT tool that can help a team of investigators from across campus coordinate their grant planning efforts.
The configuration of the new Network for Computational Nanotechnology will be restructured as a stand alone Cyber Platform awardee, which will provide computation, simulation and educational services to the nanoscience and engineering communities, including the current nanoHUB tools and educational materials. This platform will be funded by one award to a single university. Linked to that platform will be three new Nodes that will develop new tools and content that will be delivered to Cyber Platform for worldwide dissemination. NSF will fund the Cyber Platform and these new Nodes through four separate awards, which will be joined through their respective cooperative agreements to constitute the new reconfigured NCN.
The goals of the reconfigured NCN will continue to be those of the original NCN to: 1) engage an ever-larger and more diverse cyber community sharing novel, high-quality nanoscale computation and simulation research and educational resources; 2) accelerate the transformation of nanoscience to nanotechnology through the integration of simulation with experimentation; 3) develop open-source software to stimulate data sharing; and 4) inspire and educate the next generation workforce.
The new content development Nodes will combine theory and experimentation to develop the computation and simulation tools, and educational materials for delivery on the Cyber Platform. The new content development Node areas will be:
- NanoBIO - Create integrated computational tools to simulate biological phenomena across length scales, for the design of devices and systems;
- NanoMFG - Computation and simulation software to address the challenges of scaling up nanoscale in manufacturing;
- Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation Node (NEEDS) - Computation and simulation tools to facilitate the development of nanoelectronic-based circuits, devices, and systems.
There will be one cyber platform and three node awards. Cyber platform may be up to $2.9M per year for five years and the nod awards will be up to $700,00 per year for five years.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to one application for a cyber platform and one for each node.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of intent: Send an email message to email@example.com with the subject line "NSF NCN " by Monday, November 14, 2011 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
--name and full contact information for the PI and Co-PIs (need to have at least 3 investigators as PIs and Co-PIs)
--Cyber platform or node area
Applications for internal review: PIs will be contacted if an internal competition is necessary.
For the projects selected, a letter of intent must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. The letters of intent are due by Friday, December 16, 2011 at 5 pm CST.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or Petra Schroeder (608) 265-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org