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Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

Ruey-Hung Chen
ruchen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8695

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For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2014 - November 5, 2014

The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena at nano/micro and macro scales. Core application areas of interest include:

  • Cooling and heating of components, devices and equipment.
  • Thermal processes in energy conversion & storage, power generation, and propulsion. 
  • Thermal transport in the synthesis and processing of materials including advanced manufacturing. Note that proposals that focus primarily on issues pertaining to materials, synthesis and/or processing are not of interest to the TTP program, and  should be directed to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program in CMMI/ENG or DMR/MPS as appropriate. 
  • Thermal phenomena in biological systems.  Only two topics are of interest in this area: cryopreservation and the role of heat transfer and thermal management in the treatment of cancer cells. 

The program supports transformational research in transport processes that are driven by thermal gradients, and manipulation of these processes to achieve engineering goals. Mass transport or system-design oriented efforts are not of interest to this program. Of specific interest is research that explores active and passive control of the dynamics of thermal processes, and simulations and diagnostics that bridge and model information across multiple-scales. Priority is given to insightful investigations of fundamental problems with clearly defined economic, environmental and societal impacts.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

Proposals at the interface of computational/mathematical sciences and thermal transport are encouraged, but should be submitted to the Computation and Data Enabled Science & Engineering (CDESE) Program.  Proposals that deal with the development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved thermal properties are encouraged and should add “SusCHEM:” in front of the title of the proposal.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation and approval from the Program Director, will be returned without review.

INFORMATION COMMON TO MOST CBET PROGRAMS

Proposals should address the novelty and/or potentially transformative nature of the proposed work compared to previous work in the field.  Also, it is important to address why the proposed work is important in terms of engineering science, as well as to also project the potential impact on society and/or industry of success in the research.  The novelty or potentially transformative nature of the research should be included, as a minimum, in the Project Summary of each proposal.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program proposals are strongly encouraged.  Award duration is five years.  The submission deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year. Please see the CAREER URL here for more information. 

Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements: PIs are strongly encouraged to discuss their requests with the Program Director before submission of the proposal.

Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) are also considered when appropriate.  Please note that proposals of these types must be discussed with the program director before submission.  Further details are available in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) download found here.  Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals that integrate fundamental research with translational results and are consistent with the application areas of interest to each program are also encouraged.  Please note that GOALI proposals must be submitted during the annual unsolicited proposal window for each program. More information on GOALI can be found here.

COMPLIANCE: Proposals which are not compliant with the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) will be returned without review.

Unsolicited proposals received outside of the Announced Proposal Window dates will be returned without review.

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