OSP FO# 11-248

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET)/Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)/Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)/Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)

PROGRAM: Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to reconfigure the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), currently housed at Purdue University. The goals of the new NCN will be to: 1) engage an ever-larger and more diverse cyber community sharing novel, high-quality nanoscale computation and simulation research and educational resources, 2) accelerate the transformation of nanoscience to nanotechnology through the integration of simulation with experimentation; 3) develop open-source software to stimulate data sharing; and 4) inspire and educate the next generation workforce.

The reconfigured NCN will be structured as a Cyber Platform that provides computation, simulation and educational services through content provided by one Node, nested in the Cyber Platform award, that will deliver the current NCN tools and educational materials to the community, at the discretion of the current authors. The cost of the transfer of these materials to the new Cyber Platform will be borne by the Cyber Platform awardee.

Three additional separately funded new Nodes will develop new content to be offered to users through the Cyber Platform. These new content development Nodes will combine theory and experimentation to develop the computational tools, simulations, and educational materials for delivery on the Cyber Platform. The new Nodes will be: 

  • NanoBIO – Computation and simulation tools to address the challenges of scaling up from the nanoscale to devices in biological media;
  • NanoMFG – Computation and simulation software to address the challenges of scaling up nanoscale in manufacturing;
  • Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation Node (NEEDS) - Develop computation and simulation tools to facilitate the development of nanoelectronic-based devices and integrate them into circuits and systems.

The result will be a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system, which will link theory, simulation, and experimentation to strengthen and support nanoscience and nanoengineering research and education.

Please see the program announcement below for further program information. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required to facilitate the NSF review process and allows NSF to screen the proposals with respect to eligibility requirements, to categorize the proposals, and identify conflicts-of-interest so as to prepare for the proposal review processes.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The PI of the Cyber Platform proposal and the Node proposals must be tenured faculty members at the lead university of each proposal. The PI and co-PI(s) on the full proposal must be the same as those named in the Letter of Intent.

A university may submit only one Cyber Platform proposal. A university may submit only one proposal per Node request in this program. Therefore, one university might submit one Cyber Platform proposal and up to three separate Node proposals, but only one to each Node.

An investigator may serve as PI or co-PI on only one proposal, either the Cyber Platform or one of the Node proposals.

BU Internal Deadline: December 5, 2011
Letter of Intent (required): December 16, 2011
Application Deadline: January 17, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $5.2 million to support 4 awards (1 Cyber Platform and 3 nano Nodes awards). The Cyber Platform will be funded at up to $2.9M per year for five years, renewable for an additional five years. The individual new Nodes will be funded at up to $700,000 each per year for five years, pending quality and availability of funds. The Node awards are not renewable.

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Lynn Preston
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 585 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5358
Fax: (703) 292-9051
Email: lpreston@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12504/nsf12504.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting an application should provide the following proposal information to Executive Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, by Monday, December 5, 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 (two pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for the PI and any Co-PIs.

PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: The Letter of Intent (required) must be submitted via FastLane, NSF’s web-based system for proposal submission and review. Full proposals 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 web site 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 12-504 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.