Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (NSF – STC)
The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (NSF-STC) program.
Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, March 14, 2011
Information: Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 737-8390
Limit Summary: A single organization may submit a maximum of three (3) preliminary proposals as the lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF.
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 three (3) proposals are submitted. The finalists will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposals to the NSF – STC program.
The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.
Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.
NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.
Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors.
NSF Preliminary Proposal Deadline: May 30, 2011
Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:
- Title of Project
- Brief summary of the proposed STC
- Project Description:
- Rationale, Mission, and Vision for the Center
- Describe the multidisciplinary or disciplinary research focus
- Goals for education
- Integrative nature of the Center
- Diversity plan of the Center
- Knowledge transfer strategy of the Center
- Identify all partner institutions and the major contribution of each to the integrated Center activities
- Detailed Budget being requested from NSF – limit one (1) page
- Letters on intent are limited to six (6) pages (including budget page)
- Be submitted electronically as a MSWord or PDF document to: email@example.com