Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE)      



   

Program Solicitation for FY2002 

NSF 01-157

 
 
 
 

DEADLINE DATES:

Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT)

Proposals - December 19, 2001

Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER)

Proposals - December 19, 2001
 
 
 
 

NSF Logo NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
 
 

Small NSF logo

 




 


   The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

   To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF Web Site at:

http://www.nsf.gov

  • Location: 

4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

  • For General Information (NSF Information Center): 
(703) 292-5111
  • TDD (for the hearing-impaired): 
(703) 292-5090
  • To Order Publications or Forms: 
 
Send an e-mail to:
pubs@nsf.gov
or telephone:
(301) 947-2722
  • To Locate NSF Employees: 
(703) 292-5111

 

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


GENERAL INFORMATION

Program Name: NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Synopsis of Program:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a program on collaborative research and education in the area of nanoscale science and engineering. The goal of this program is to support fundamental research and catalyze synergistic science and engineering research and education in emerging areas of nanoscale science and technology, including: biosystems at the nanoscale; nanoscale structures, novel phenomena, and quantum control; device and system architecture; design tools and nanosystems specific software; nanoscale processes in the environment; multi-scale, multi-phenomena modeling and simulation at the nanoscale; manufacturing processes at the nanoscale; and studies on the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering. This solicitation will provide support for: Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) and Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER). Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant Programs and Divisions.

 Cognizant NSF Staff:
Questions concerning the NSE initiative should be addressed to one of the following NSF staff members in the appropriate directorate(s), or to program directors in the appropriate area of research and education. The participating directorates are:

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers
47.074 (BIO), 47.070 (CISE), 47.041 (ENG), 47.050 (GEO), 47.049 (MPS), 47.075 (SBE).
A.     Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT)

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

AWARD INFORMATION

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

B.      Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER)

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

AWARD INFORMATION

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

B1. Proposal Preparation Guidelines

B2. Budgetary Information

B3. FastLane Requirements

B4. Target date: December 19, 2001 for NER proposals.
 
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

I.    INTRODUCTION

II.   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION THEMES
MODES OF SUPPORT

      A.     NANOSCALE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TEAMS (NIRT)

IIa.   GOALS AND STRUCTURE
IIIa.  ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
IVa.  AWARD INFORMATION
Va.   PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
VIa.  PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
      B.     NANOSCALE EXPLORATORY RESEARCH (NER)
IIb.   GOALS AND STRUCTURE
IIIb.  ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
IVb.  AWARD INFORMATION
Vb.   PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
VIb.  PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

VIc.   GENERAL PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

General NSF review criteria
a. NSF Proposal Review Process
b. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
a.Notification of the Award
b. Award Conditions
c. Reporting Requirements
VIII. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
IX. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS

 

I. INTRODUCTION

One nanometer (one billionth of a meter) is a magical point on the dimensional scale. Nanostructures are at the confluence of the smallest of human-made devices and the largest molecules of living systems. Nanoscale science and engineering here refer to the fundamental understanding and resulting technological advances arising from the exploitation of new physical, chemical and biological properties of systems that are intermediate in size, between isolated atoms and molecules and bulk materials, where the transitional properties between the two limits can be controlled. During the last few years novel structures, phenomena and processes have been observed at the nanoscale (from a fraction of nanometer to about 100 nm) and new experimental, theoretical and simulation tools have been developed for investigating them. These advances provide fresh opportunities for scientific and technological developments in nanoparticles, nanostructured materials, nanodevices and systems.

Nanotechnology is the creation and utilization of functional materials, devices and systems with novel properties and functions that are achieved through the control of matter atom by atom, molecule by molecule or at the macromolecular level. A revolution has begun in science, engineering and technology, based on the ability to organize, characterize, and manipulate matter systematically at the nanoscale. Far-reaching outcomes for the 21st century are envisioned in both scientific knowledge and a wide range of technologies in most industries, healthcare, conservation of materials and energy, biology, environment and education. Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) underpin innovation in critical areas ranging from manufacturing to medicine. Opportunities have opened as new tools enable fundamental discoveries and technological advances. Outstanding benefits have resulted from initial applications. A special challenge and opportunity is restructuring teaching at all levels to include NSE concepts, and nurturing the scientific and technical workforce of the 21st century.

Formidable challenges remain, however, in the areas of fundamental understanding, device design, system design and architecture, manufacturing, and system integration and deployment before the potential of nanotechnology becomes a reality. Key research areas have been identified in advanced materials, nanobiotechnology, nanoelectronics, advanced healthcare, environmental improvement, efficient energy conversion and storage, space exploration, economical transportation, and bionanosensors. The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI - this document is available on the Internet at http://www.nsf.gov/nano or http://nano.gov) will ensure that investments in this area are made in a coordinated and timely manner, and will accelerate the pace of revolutionary discoveries now occurring in NSE. This fiscal year 2002 competition is in the second year of the NNI. Collaborative research among physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists, geoscientists, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers, social scientists, economic scientists, and educators will be necessary.

The NSF's mission is to promote the progress of science, engineering and related education in the United States. Its role in supporting research and education is particularly important in creating physical and human resources infrastructure in emerging areas such as NSE. NSF also promotes partnerships, including collaboration with other agencies, industry and national laboratories for projects of mutual interest. International collaborations with centers of excellence abroad are encouraged.

The current pace of revolutionary discoveries in nanoscience and technology is expected to accelerate greatly in the next decade. This will have profound implications on existing technologies and could result in the development of completely new technologies, improvements in health, the conservation of materials and energy, and a sustainable environment. Awards made in response to this solicitation will contribute to such future advancements.

This Solicitation, previous announcements, and additional information concerning related activities such as workshops and publications, including the "Nanotechnology Research Directions" (1999) prepared by the National Science and Technology Council, are available on-line at http://www.nsf.gov/nano.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION THEMES

This initiative focuses on seven high-risk/high-reward research and education areas, where special opportunities exist for fundamental studies in nanoscale science and engineering. The seven areas are:

MODES OF SUPPORT

This initiative will support collaborative research and education activities of the following types:

A. Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT)
B. Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER)

Each of these modes of support is described separately below.
NSF also supports other nanoscale science and engineering programs. Existing programs for individual investigator awards, NSF centers and facilities (including Science and Technology Centers, Materials Research Centers in Science and Engineering, Engineering Research Centers), the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships, Combined Research and Curriculum Development, SBIR/STTRs and other NSF programs will also continue support research in this general area. Principal Investigators are encouraged to examine all of the opportunities within the NSF to determine which of them is best for their particular proposed activities and to contact the appropriate Program Officers with questions.

A. NANOSCALE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TEAMS (NIRT)
IIa. GOALS AND STRUCTURE

Research and education areas in nanoscale science and engineering are inherently interdisciplinary. This initiative encourages team approaches to address research and education topics where a synergistic blend of expertise is needed to make significant contributions. The Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) activity will support small collaborative groups of three or more investigators at the faculty level or equivalent. At least three PIs and co-PIs, all with significant intellectual contributions, must be listed on the cover page of the proposal. The award size per project is anticipated to be between $250,000 and $500,000 per year with duration up to four years.

NIRT proposals should have the following characteristics:

A grantees' conference at NSF (Arlington, Virginia) at the end of the second year will review the progress of the research groups and centers, exchange information, and promote collaborations among NIRT projects. At least one investigator from each funded research team will be required to participate. Funds should be included in the NIRT proposal for attendance at this conference.

Additional supplements for international opportunities will be made available on a competitive basis to the projects selected for funding.

IIIa. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

NIRT proposals may be submitted by a single institution or may consist of a lead institution in partnership with one or more partner institutions. U.S. academic institutions with significant research and degree-granting education programs in disciplines normally supported by NSF are eligible to be the lead institution. Principal investigators are encouraged to form synergistic collaborations with industry, government laboratories, and scientists and engineers at foreign institutions where appropriate, though no funds will be provided to those organizations. Collaborations between university and industry researchers using the approach of the GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry, NSF 98-142, http://www.nsf.gov/goali) are encouraged. Primary support for any foreign participants / activities must be secured through their own national sources. At least three P.I.s/co-P.I.s must appear on the cover page.

NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, the development of products for commercial marketing or market research for a particular project or invention. Research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality or malfunction in human beings or animals, is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support. Research in bioengineering, with diagnosis or treatment related goals, however, that apply engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities is also eligible.

An institution (university or campus in a multi-campus university) may submit no more than four proposals in response to this NIRT solicitation on which it is the lead institution. The same institution may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-university group proposals in which it is not the lead. The Authorized Organizational Representative of that institution will make the selection of the proposals that are submitted. Proposals submitted to other NSF programs are not eligible for consideration by this competition. NIRT proposals involving more than one institution must be submitted as a single administrative package with the managing principal investigator from the lead institution.

Synergistic collaboration among researchers, and collaborations or partnerships with industry or government laboratories is encouraged. For foreign participants, the U.S. institution may provide funds under participant support costs for travel and per diem for visits to the U.S. institution, as consistent with applicable international agreements. No U.S./NSF funds may go directly to foreign institutions. For this program, collaborating scientists associated with entities such as national laboratories, state agencies, and non-NSF Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) must be supported by their own institution. However, it is appropriate for students supported through universities to work at an FFRDC or comparable site or for universities to fund research expenses incurred when scientists from such entities work at university sites. Federal employees may not receive salaries or in other ways augment their agency’s appropriation through grants made by this program, and no funds for major equipment at FFRDCs are allowed.

IVa. AWARD INFORMATION

A NIRT award will be in the range $250,000 - $500,000 per year for up to four years depending on the scope of the work proposed. Grants may be awarded in a variety of sizes and durations. NSF expects to fund approximately 35-45 NIRT awards in FY 2002 depending on the quality of submissions and the availability of funds. Anticipated date of awards: April 2002.

Va. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 01-2. The complete text of the GPG (including electronic forms) is available electronically on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone 301.947.2722 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF 01-157) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the NSF Form 1207, "Cover Sheet for Proposal to the National Science Foundation" and to select "Nanoscale: Interdiscpl Resrch T" from the FastLane org. unit pull-down list. Proposal title should begin with "NIRT: ". Proposals covering the research and education theme on "Manufacturing processes at the nanoscale" must state this explicitly in the abstract. Compliance with these requirements is critical to determining the relevant program where proposal will be assigned. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.

NIRT proposals must conform to the requirements of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 01-2, with three modifications:

The page limitation guidelines described above will be strictly enforced. The total NSF funding for each project, for all investigators and all institutions, must not exceed $2 million.

Proposals must be submitted by the sponsored project office of the lead institution and be received at NSF no later than 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on December 19, 2001.

Inquiries regarding NIRT proposals should be directed to Geoff Prentice (gprentic@nsf.gov), Program Director, Chemical and Transport Systems.

FastLane Requirements

Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this Program Solicitation through the FastLane system. Detailed instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm

All letters of support should be scanned into the supplementary document section; no paper should be mailed to NSF.

The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal cover sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov.

VIa. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

NIRT proposals that do not adhere to the requirements in this solicitation (topic, interdisciplinarity, total budget up to $2 million, deadline, and format including page limit) will be returned without review. Eligible proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the general NSF merit review criteria: What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? and What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity? (see section VIc). In addition, the following criteria will be used:

Proposal evaluation will be by panel review. Ad-hoc mail reviews may also be obtained as necessary. Panel recommendations will be considered by NSF program officers from the participating programs in making funding decisions.

B. NANOSCALE EXPLORATORY RESEARCH (NER)

IIb. GOALS AND STRUCTURE

This initiative is focused on research and education at the frontiers of nanoscale science and engineering, where exploratory research is a priority. This program component will emphasize exploratory, high risk - high quality nanoscale science and engineering research and education that would have a high potential for innovation if the research were successful. Such research and education is characterized as:

Novel ideas that are not already widely researched and published will be supported. These ideas may be supported by only limited preliminary data. The project description should include: IIIb. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

Proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions with undergraduate and/or Ph.D. programs in disciplines usually supported by NSF. Research may be proposed by individual investigators or by small groups from academic institutions. Synergistic collaboration among researchers and collaboration or partnerships with industry or government laboratories is encouraged when appropriate. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact one of the program officers listed in this document for additional guidance on collaborations.

Proposals already submitted to other NSF programs or other federal agencies are not eligible for consideration by this competition. NER proposals involving more than one institution must be submitted as a single administrative package with the managing principal investigator from the lead institution.

IVb. AWARD INFORMATION

NER awards generally will be made as one year standard grants. NER awards will not exceed $100,000 and cannot be renewed. NSF plans to fund about 50 new awards in fiscal year 2002. NSF expects to invest approximately $5 million in this program component in FY 2002. Anticipated date of awards: April 2002.

Vb. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Submissions are made directly to the relevant core Programs. Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 01-2. The complete text of the GPG (including electronic forms) is available electronically on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/.

Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF 01-157) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the NSF Form 1207, "Cover Sheet for Proposal to the National Science Foundation" and to select "Nanoscale: Exploratory Rsrch" from the FastLane org. unit pull-down list. The proposal title should begin with "NER: ". Compliance with these requirements is critical to determining the relevant program. Failure to submit this information may delay processing. Exploratory Research proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., submitter's local time, December 19, 2001 via the NSF FastLane system.

FastLane Requirements are the same as in section Va.

Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the NSF staff members in the program covering the proposal topic before submitting an NER proposal. This will facilitate determining whether the proposed work is appropriate for NER. For general questions about NER requirements contact Leon Esterowitz (lesterow@nsf.gov).

VIb. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

Proposals that do not adhere to the requirements in this solicitation (topic, interdisciplinarity, total budget up to $100,000, deadline, and format including page limit) will be returned without review. Eligible proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the general NSF merit review criteria, namely (1) What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? and (2) What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity? (See section VIc of this solicitation). In addition, the following criteria will be used:

(1) The special level of innovation or breakthrough as compared to previous work
(2) Scarcity of scientific and engineering data in new, relevant fields of research and education
(3) The research plan for the feasibility demonstration

These proposals will be subject to merit review by panel or ad-hoc review as appropriate.

VIc. GENERAL PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

General NSF review criteria

The specific review criteria for NIRT and NER listed above will be applied in addition to the general NSF review criteria as shown below.

a. NSF Proposal Review Process

Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process select these reviewers. NSF invites the proposer to suggest at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal. Proposals will be reviewed against the following general review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those criteria that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.

 What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?

What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society? Principal Investigators should address the following elements in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both of the above-described NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give these elements careful consideration in making funding decisions.

Integration of Research and Education

One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.

Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities

Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens - women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities - is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports. A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and signed by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are mailed to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

 b. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard

All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation will be reviewed by panel and ad-hoc mail review.

Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.

NSF will attempt to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 95 percent of proposals. The time interval begins on the proposal deadline or target date or from the date of receipt, if deadlines or target dates are not used by the program. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.

In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants Officer does so at its own risk.

VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

a. Notification of the Award

Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI.c, for additional information on the review process).

b. Award Conditions

An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF-GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Terms and Conditions * and (5) any NSF brochure, program guide, announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions (CA-1). Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.

*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's web site at http://www.nsf.gov/home/grants/grants_gac.htm. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone 301-947-2722 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov .

More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, (NSF 95-26) available electronically on the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpm. The GPM is also for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO for subscription information is 202-512-1800. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO web site at http://www.gpo.gov.

 c. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year awards (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.

Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

NSF has implemented an electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane. This system permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on: project participants (individual and organizational); activities and findings; publications; and other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.

VIII. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

General inquiries on Nanoscale Science and Engineering can be directed to one of the NSF staff named as a contact in this solicitation and from the dedicated websites: http://www.nsf.gov/nano and http://www.nano.gov. For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact the FastLane help line at 1-800-673-6188 or via email to fastlane@nsf.gov.

IX. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

The NSF Guide to Programs is a compilation of funding for research and education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The NSF Guide to Programs is available electronically at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp. General descriptions of NSF programs, research areas, and eligibility information for proposal submission are provided in each chapter.

Many NSF programs offer announcements concerning specific proposal requirements. To obtain additional information about these requirements, contact the appropriate NSF program offices listed in Appendix A of the GPG. Any changes in NSF's fiscal year programs occurring after press time for the Guide to Programs will be announced in the NSF Bulletin, available monthly (except July and August), and in individual program announcements. The Bulletin is available electronically via the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin. Subscribers can also sign up for NSF's Custom News Service (http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm) to be notified of new funding opportunities that become available.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Awardees are wholly responsible for conducting their project activities and preparing the results for publication. Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such findings or their interpretation.

NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists, engineers and educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to compete fully in its programs. In accordance with Federal statutes, regulations and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF (unless otherwise specified in the eligibility requirements for a particular program).

Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (investigators and other staff, including student research assistants) to work on NSF-supported projects. See the program announcement or contact the program coordinator at (703) 292-8636.

The National Science Foundation has Telephonic Device for the Deaf (TDD) and Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) capabilities that enable individuals with hearing impairments to communicate with the Foundation about NSF programs, employment or general information. TDD may be accessed at (703) 292-5090, FIRS at 1-800-877-8339.

The National Science Foundation is committed to making all of the information we publish easy to understand. If you have a suggestion about how to improve the clarity of this document or other NSF-published materials, please contact us at plainlanguage@nsf.gov.

PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS

The information requested on proposal forms and project reports is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. The information on proposal forms will be used in connection with the selection of qualified proposals; project reports submitted by awardees will be used for program evaluation and reporting within the Executive Branch and to Congress. The information requested may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the proposal review process; to applicant institutions/grantees to provide or obtain data regarding the proposal review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers and educators as necessary to complete assigned work; to other government agencies needing information as part of the review process or in order to coordinate programs; and to another Federal agency, court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the government is a party. Information about Principal Investigators may be added to the Reviewer file and used to select potential candidates to serve as peer reviewers or advisory committee members. See Systems of Records, NSF-50, "Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 267 (January 5, 1998), and NSF-51, "Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 268 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of receiving an award.

Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(b), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 3145-0058. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding this burden estimate and any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Information Dissemination Branch, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation (3145-0058), 725 - 17th Street, N.W. Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503.

OMB 3145-0058
PT 34
KW 0605000, 0606000, 0607000, 0608000, 0609000, 0710015, 0706000, 1001000,
1003000, 1004000, 1009000, 1010000, 1013000, 1016000, 1220000, 1250000
NSF 01-157, Replaces NSF 00-119.
(Electronic Dissemination Only)