OSP FO# 11-063

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)/Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)/Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)

PROGRAM: NSF/FDA Scholar-In-Residence at FDA

OBJECTIVES: This program comprises an interagency partnership for the investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging trends in medical device technology. This partnership is designed to enable investigators in science, engineering, and mathematics to develop research collaborations within the intramural research environment at the FDA. The program features four flexible mechanisms for support of research at the FDA:

(1) Faculty at FDA — for science, engineering, and mathematics faculty to conduct research for three to twelve months at FDA;

(2) Graduate Student Fellowships — for science, engineering, and mathematics graduate students for one to four semesters of full- or part-time work at FDA in an area related to his/her research under the guidance of an academic advisor and an FDA mentor;

(3) Postdoctoral Fellowships — for engineering, science, and mathematics fellows for full-time work at FDA under the guidance of an FDA mentor; and

(4) Undergraduate Student Research Experiences — for engineering, science, and mathematics undergraduate students for summer projects, or one to two semesters of part-time or full-time work at FDA in an area related to his/her academic program under the guidance of an academic advisor and an FDA mentor.

The program provides funding to promote progress in science and engineering through investigations that develop new knowledge in service to society by contributing to improved public health and health care, and to provide educational research experiences in science, engineering, and mathematics. The program objectives include promoting research into the fundamental scientific and engineering processes necessary for: (a) the innovation and development of safe and effective new medical devices and technologies; (b) expanding the knowledge pool of scientific techniques and tools needed to identify basic mechanisms by which medical devices interact with the body from the molecular to the physiological level; and (c) preparing the knowledge base that will be needed to shepherd emerging medical device technologies efficiently and responsibly from the early research stage to societal adoption.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either full proposals or supplements to existing awards must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree. Students who are transferring from one institution to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. High school graduates who have not yet enrolled and students who have received their bachelor’s degree and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates generally are not eligible.

DEADLINE: Full proposal accepted anytime.

FUNDING INFORMATION: Faculty at FDA — Awards from NSF will range from $25,000 to $150,000 for up to one year and may include 85 percent of faculty salary and fringe benefits during the FDA residency period. Up to 20 percent of the total requested amount may be used for travel and research expenses for the faculty member and his/her students at the FDA, including materials; and up to 15 percent of the total cost may be allocated for administrative expenses in lieu of indirect costs for the home institution.

Graduate Student Fellowship — Awards will be for up to one year with award amounts typically up to $35,000, and may include the following: a stipend of up to $2,100 per month for one to four semesters (3 to 24 months); transportation expenses for the graduate student; a 10 percent allowance for the faculty advisor for research-related expenses; and an additional allowance up to 15 percent of the total direct cost for the sponsoring academic institution for administrative costs, in lieu of indirect costs.

Postdoctoral Fellowship — Awards from NSF will be for amounts up to $80,000 per year for one to two years and may include the following: 85 percent of the stipend including fringe benefits for the postdoctoral fellow. The award may also include transportation and moving expenses (limited to $3,000); up to 10 percent of the total budget allowance may be used by a faculty advisor for research-related expenses; and an allowance of up to 15 percent of the total direct cost for a sponsoring academic institution for administrative expenses, in lieu of indirect costs.

Undergraduate Student Research Experiences — Awards include stipends, in addition to other participant costs of room and board, fees, and travel. Total project costs are expected to be typically $700 to $900 per student per week. Total project cost per student may be about $8,000 for summer projects.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Dr. D. Helen Gill
Program Director
Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1175N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8950
Fax: (703) 292-9010
Email: hgill@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10533/nsf10533.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 10-533 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.