OSP FO# 11-056

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Chemistry (CHE)/Division of Materials Research (DMR)

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Materials Research in Cultural Heritage Science (CHS)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for highly innovative 3-year collaborative projects that break new ground and demonstrate a high level of synergy between the collaborating investigators in the following areas: a) Development of new and improved analytical techniques for materials properties and structural characterization of cultural heritage objects; b) Understanding material degradation and aging through experimental studies of the interactions and response of cultural heritage objects to environmental perimeters (bulk and surface interactions) and the development of new theoretical models to predict the dynamic properties of cultural heritage objects that would lead to their degradation while taking into consideration their molecular and micro-structural properties; and c) Development of new methods for materials stabilization, strengthening and repair.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An investigator may be a PI or Co-PI of only one proposal submitted in response to this program announcement. Since the solicitation calls for collaborative projects between cultural heritage scientists mainly located in US museums and chemistry and materials scientists in academic institutions, a principal investigator (PI) must demonstrate expertise in at least one of these areas and be a member of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team to be eligible to submit a proposal in response to this solicitation.

The program will not accept proposals for projects that are currently funded by other funding sources. The program will also not accept proposals for projects that largely overlap or are closely related to research projects that are currently funded by other sources nor will it accept proposals for projects that only constitute an incremental extension of projects that are already carried out in the collaborators’ laboratories. The program also requires that the PIs will meaningfully involve the participation of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral research associates, including those from underrepresented groups in their proposed project. PIs who seek support for postdoctoral research associate positions must provide a postdoctoral mentoring plan as a supplementary document. Proposals that seek support for a postdoctoral researcher but fail to provide a postdoctoral mentoring plan will be returned without review.

DEADLINES: May 11, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $4 million to fund up to 5–10 standard or continuing grants. The anticipated 3-year awards will total approximately $420,000 ($140,000 per year) including direct and indirect costs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig
CHE Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1055 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7719
Fax: (703) 292-9037
Email: zrosenzw@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11528/nsf11528.htm

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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. 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 11-528 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.