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The National Science Foundation is calling for grant proposals that in the scope of the application can include some research on longer-term molecular nanotechnology (MNT).
Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE)
Foresight Institute has learned that the National Science Foundation is calling for grant proposals that in the scope of the application can include some research on longer-term molecular nanotechnology (MNT).
(Details available here)
Solicitation Descriptions And Deadlines:
There are three types of nanoscale research supported
by this solicitation. Each type has specific deadlines.
Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT)
Full proposal - deadline November 12, 2004
The Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT)
activity will support small collaborative groups of
three or more investigators at the faculty level or
equivalent. At least three Principal Investigators
(PIs) and co-PIs, all with time, committed in the
budget, must be listed on the cover page of the
proposal. The maximum number of PIs and co-PIs is
five; other participants may be listed in the project
summary and on the budget pages. The duration of of
this project is five years.
NIRT proposals may be submitted by a single
organization or a group of organizations
consisting of a lead organization in partnership
with one or more partner organizations. "U.S.
academic institutions with significant research
and degree-granting education programs in
disciplines normally supported by NSF are
eligible to be the lead organization. Principal
investigators are encouraged to form synergistic
collaborations with industry, government
laboratories, and scientists and engineers at
foreign organizations where appropriate, though
no funds will be provided to those organizations."
Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER)
Full proposal - Deadline November 18, 2004
Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER): Proposals
may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions
with undergraduate and/or Ph.D. programs in
disciplines usually supported by NSF. Research may
be proposed by individual investigators or by
small groups from academic institutions.
Synergistic collaboration among researchers, and
collaboration or partnerships with industry or
government laboratories are encouraged when
appropriate. Prospective proposers are encouraged
to contact one of the program officers listed in
this solicitation (except for the MPS program
officers) for additional guidance on suitability
of NER submission if there are questions.
Nanoscale Science And Engineering Centers (NSEC)
Preliminary proposal required - Deadline November 10, 2004
Full proposal - Deadline March 1, 2005
(Note the full proposal may only be submitted by
invitation from NSF)
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSEC) may be
based at a single U.S. academic
institution or may consist of a lead institution
in partnership with one or more partner
institutions. U.S. academic institutions with
undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in disciplines
normally supported by NSF are eligible to submit
one preliminary proposal -- and one full proposal
ONLY if invited by NSF -- as the lead institution.
Partnerships of the lead institution with other
universities/colleges are encouraged.
A single institution cannot be the lead
institution in more than one preliminary
proposal, or on more than one full proposal if
invited by NSF. Institutions may be involved as
a partner institution in any number of
preliminary proposals and full proposals.
Sections Applicable To MNT Research:
We urge you to read this grant solicitation carefully
but would like to direct you to sections where MNT
research may be applicable. We are listing these by
Under Section II - Program Descriptions
- Nanoscale Devices and System Architecture
- Multi-scale, Multi-phenomena Theory, Modeling and Simulation at the nanoscale
- Manufacturing Processes at the Nanoscale
- Societal and Educational Implications of Scientific and Technological Advances on the Nanoscale
Foresight Institute Assistance:
Foresight Institute is willing to facilitate on a
limited basis to those who are interested in
submitting proposals to this solicitation.
Here are some of the areas where we can be of help.
- Matching investigators, particularly non-academics with academics
- Review proposals and provide feedback (we will need advance notice if you desire this assistance.)
- Matching researchers with grant writing assistance (this will entail connecting you with a grant writer with whom you will interact with directly.)
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