OSP FO# 13-003

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Chemistry (CHE)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)

PROGRAM: EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS)

OBJECTIVES: This solicitation is jointly sponsored between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) to encourage synergistic research activities and to enhance cooperation among the chemical sciences, materials research, geosciences, engineering, and biomedical and public health communities. The agencies jointly issue the solicitation, but will separately fund awards for Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS).

Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis are groups of two or more researchers working in trans-disciplinary fields to promote the development of safe and sustainable chemicals as well as safe and sustainable synthetic procedures and processes. For this solicitation, “chemicals” refers broadly to any and all materials, inorganic and organic compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals (e.g., endocrine disruptors, chlorofluorocarbons, transition metal-based catalysts, macromolecules, and nanomaterials). Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to result in chemicals that are safer and more sustainable throughout their life cycle and thus, the replacement of rare, toxic, and expensive chemicals with earth abundant, benign, and renewable alternatives is anticipated. The Networks will facilitate safe design strategies, processes, and pathways (including catalytic pathways) that consume less fresh water, generate less waste, and use less energy than current practice. These new approaches will minimize hazards that arise not only from chemical structure and intended use, but also from their synthesis, production, consumption, reuse, and disposal.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions are allowed to submit one proposal.

An investigator may participate (as a PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel) in only one proposal submitted to this competition.

DEADLINE:
BU Internal Deadline: February 13, 2013
Full Application Deadline: March 18, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $10-20 million to fund approximately 4-6 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds. Each award is limited to a maximum of $1,250,000 per year for four years (or $5,000,000 total, including direct and indirect costs). Awards will be funded by either EPA or NSF.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Tingyu Li, Program Director
Division of Chemistry
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4949
Fax: (703) 292-9037
Email: tli@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13523/nsf13523.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a preliminary proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Wednesday, February 13, 2013 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a and b:
a)  briefly describe the project vision, goals, and work to be undertaken;
b)  address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification and matriculation plan (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs 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 13-523 and NSF GPG 13-1) 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.