Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) 2013 program.
Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, April 15, 2013
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 for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of this program is on 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 (e.g. 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 impediments to scale-up;
- Principles and design methods to produce machines and processes to manufacture nanoscale structures, devices and systems; and/or
- Societal, environmental and educational implications of the large-scale production and use of nanomaterials, devices and systems, including the life-cycle analysis of such nanomateials, devices and systems.
Limit Summary: An academic institution may submit no more than one proposal on which it is the lead organization in response to this solicitation.
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF – SNM program by the NSF deadline of June 3, 2013.
Information: Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 737-8390
Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:
- Title of Project
- Program Title
- PI/Co-PI, include Department and College
- Brief description of the management, education and outreach aspects of the proposed project
- Brief description of the education, training, and outreach activities planned as part of the proposed project
- Brief description of proposed opportunities for students to obtain novel research or educational experiences
- Detailed budget being requested from NSF (limit one page)
- Standard NSF style biosketch for PI (limit two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
- Letters of intent are limited to seven pages (including budget and biosketch, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
- Submit electronically as a PDF document to: email@example.com