OSP FO# 12-012

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 solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2012 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Only one (1) proposal may be submitted by a US academic institution, College/Department of Engineering or College/Department of Engineering Technology as the lead institution with the following exception: A US academic institution may submit a second proposal as the lead institution, only if it is focused on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

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

DEADLINE: BU Internal Deadline: March 16, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline: April 23, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $1.9 million to fund approximately 10 standard grants, pending availability of funds. Each award will be up to a maximum of $200,000 for two years.

Mary Poats, Program Manager
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 585 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5357
Fax: (703) 292-9051
Email: mpoats@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12534/nsf12534.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 16, 2012 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 Executive 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. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@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 Research Administrator 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 12-534 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website 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 website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.