OSP FO# 11-027

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

PROGRAM: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to introduce nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The NUE in Engineering program supports projects that will address the educational challenges of these emerging fields and generate practical ways of introducing nanotechnology into undergraduate engineering education with a focus on devices and systems and/or on social, economic, and ethical issues relevant to nanotechnology. Given the worldwide expansion of research and education in nanoscale science and engineering, international collaborations that advance underlying nanoscale science and engineering education goals and strengthen U.S. activities are encouraged.

Nanoscale engineering provides creative opportunities for invigorating undergraduate engineering education through new courses and research experiences. It blends engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, materials science, geology, behavioral and social sciences, and design. As such, it provides new opportunities for faculty collaboration, both in teaching and in research, that cross traditional disciplinary and departmental boundaries. Some examples of nanotechnology-based topics that can be introduced into the curriculum include scanning probe methods, devices using nanotubes, bottom-up and top-down syntheses of nanoscale materials, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology, environmental aspects of nanotechnology, applications of nanotechnology to information technology, properties and fundamental phenomena in nanoscale materials, computational methods for modeling nanoscale materials, nanoscale devices, nanoscale systems, design principles at nanoscale, and the societal, ethical, economic and environmental implications of nanotechnology. See http://www.nsf.gov/nano for additional examples.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The lead PI must hold a faculty appointment within a College/Department of Engineering or College/Department of Engineering Technology within the submitting US academic institution. Collaboration as appropriate with individual investigators or groups from other Colleges or Departments with undergraduate programs in disciplines usually supported by NSF, in a non-lead role, are permitted.

Only one proposal may be submitted by any U.S. academic institution as the lead institution with the following exception: A U.S. academic institution may submit a second proposal as the lead institution if the proposal is focused on the societal, ethical, economic, and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

NUE in Engineering proposals involving more than one institution must be submitted as a single administrative package with the managing Principal Investigator (PI) from the lead institution.

An individual may serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) on no more than one proposal.

BU Internal Deadline: March 11, 2011
Application Deadline: April 20, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $1.9 million to support 10 awards. Projects may request a maximum of $200,000 for two years.

Mary F. Poats, Program Manager
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Engineering Education & Centers
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 585 N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5357
Fax: (703) 292-9051
Email: mpoats@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11524/nsf11524.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should provide the following proposal information to Associate Dean Selim Unlu, College of Engineering, by Friday, March 11, 2011 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 4 pages) should include items a–d:

(a) describe the goals and objectives of the proposed program;
(b) outline the program’s features and the way in which the program will introduce or enhance nanotechnology in the undergraduate curriculum;
(c) describe the expected impact of the program both at the participating institution (s) and elsewhere, if appropriate;
(d) address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).

2. Budget and budget justification (2 pages).

3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for the PI and any Co-PIs.

4. Review comments from any previous NUE submission.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact A. Brink Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-524 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.