Synopsis. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a fourth 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 (http://www.nano.gov/node/611). Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate 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 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 full announcement is available at NSF 14-544.
Limit. RIT is limited to one proposal as a lead organization in response to this program.
Application Instructions. Interested parties should submit a concept paper of no more than two pages to email@example.com on or before April 16, 2014. The deadline for full proposals to NSF is June 16, 2014.