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Khershed Cooper
khcooper@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7017
Room 535

Bruce M. Kramer
bkramer@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5348
Room 545S

Nora F. Savage
nosavage@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7949
Room 565S

Mona Zaghloul
mzaghlou@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5384
Room 525N

Carole J. Read
cread@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2418
Room 585N

Lynnette D. Madsen
lmadsen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4936
Room 1065N

Timothy Patten
tpatten@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7196
Room 1055S

Rajesh Mehta
rmehta@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2174
Room 590N

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Solicitation 15-507

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a fifth year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611.) Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing program is on research to overcome the key scientific and technical barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices and systems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within environmental, health and safety guidelines. Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

·A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;

· A clearly identified set of research issues for science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the production of high quality nano-enabled products at low cost; and

· A compelling research plan with clear objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT).

Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

· Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale materials and structures and their assembly and integration into higher order systems;

· Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and

· Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing. An inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Disciplines could range from mathematics to the physical sciences to engineering. While not required, the involvement of an industrial or small business partner or partners is encouraged. These collaborations have the potential to significantly strengthen a proposal.

Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant programs and divisions.

Please see requirements for submitting proposals for collaborations; a single proposal with sub-contracts must be submitted for collaborations and the submission of separate proposals from multiple investigators for collaborative projects ('collaborative proposals') is not allowed.

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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

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