NSF-Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
To: Chairs, Departments in the Physical Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: March 7, 2013
Subject: NSF-Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Monday, March 18; Deadline for internal competition is TBD
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a third year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future
Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to produce relatively small quantities of nanomaterials and devices, the emphasis of this program is research to overcome the key impediments that prevent the low cost production of useful nanomaterials, devices and systems at industrially relevant scale. Therefore, competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:
- A persuasive argument that the nanomaterials, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
- A clearly identified and arguably complete set of research issues that must be addressed to enable the low cost production of high quality products; and
- A compelling research plan with clear objectives to overcome the identified research issues that is supported by preliminary results relevant to scale-up.
The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT). Proposals submitted to this program must address at least one, and preferably more than one, of the following interconnected themes:
- Novel processes and techniques for continuous and scalable nanomanufacturing;
- Directed (physical/chemical/biological) self-assembly processes leading to heterogeneous nanostructures with the potential for high-rate production;
- Fundamental scientific research in well-defined areas that are compellingly justified as critical roadblocks to scale-up;
- Principles and design methods to produce machines and processes to manufacture nanoscale structures, devices and systems; and/or
- Long-term societal and educational implications of the large-scale production and use of nanomaterials, devices and systems, including the life-cycle analysis of such nanomaterials, devices and systems.
Awards will be in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years, depending on the scope of the work proposed. The total request for NSF funding for each project, for all investigators and all organizations, may not exceed $1,500,000.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to one.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of intent: Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "NSF SNM" by Monday, March 18, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
--name and contact information for the PI
--List of possible participants and affiliations
--a brief description (two to three sentences) of the proposed project.
PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.
The NSF-SNM program solicitation will provide detailed proposal preparation and submission instructions. For the project selected, a complete proposal must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. Full proposals are due by Monday, June 3, 2013 at 5 pm CDT.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or email email@example.com