Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN)

Program Solicitation
NSF 05-594
Replaces Document NSF 04-599

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National Science Foundation
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
      Division of Materials Research



Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    October 17, 2005

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Program Title:

Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN)

Synopsis of Program:

Continued progress in materials research is increasingly dependent upon collaborative efforts among several different disciplines, as well as closer coordination among funding agencies and effective partnerships involving universities, industry, and national laboratories. In addition, because of the growing interdependence of the world's economies, partnerships are important not only at the national level but from an international point of view as well. The National Science Foundation is working jointly with counterpart national, regional and multinational funding organizations worldwide to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research between US investigators and their colleagues abroad. This solicitation describes an activity to foster opportunities for such collaborations. It includes joint activities between NSF and funding organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and other regions.

Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to fundamental materials phenomena, synthesis, characterization and/or properties. Proposals will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research. NSF will accept proposals from US universities and colleges addressing collaborations between researchers from the US and participating countries or regions. Concurrently, investigators at non-US research institutions should submit to the counterpart funding organization in their country or region a request for support of their side of the collaboration. NSF will consider support for the US side of such collaborations, with the expectation that funding or research organizations from the appropriate countries or regions will consider supporting the costs of the non-US participants. Projects proposed to NSF are expected to offer students and junior researchers the opportunity to participate in an international research and education experience and, more generally, for integrating research and training in an international environment, and to clearly demonstrate the value added by the international collaboration.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

  • Dr. Carmen Huber, Program Director, Office of Special Programs, Division of Materials Research, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4939, fax: (703) 292-9036, email: chuber@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Eligibility Information

  • Organization Limit:

    Proposals may be submitted by US universities and colleges.

  • PI Eligibility Limit: None Specified.
  • Limit on Number of Proposals: An investigator may be Principal Investigator in only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

Award Information

  • Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 30 - depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds
  • Anticipated Funding Amount: $3,000,000 total in FY 2006, depending on availability of funds

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
  • Full Proposal Preparation Instructions: This solicitation contains information that supplements the standard Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) proposal preparation guidelines. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
B. Budgetary Information
  • Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost Sharing is not required by NSF.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable.
  • Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable.
C. Due Dates
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
      October 17, 2005

Proposal Review Information

  • Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Award Administration Information

  • Award Conditions: Standard NSF award conditions apply.
  • Reporting Requirements: Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary of Program Requirements

  1. Introduction

  2. Program Description

  3. Eligibility Information

  4. Award Information

  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane Requirements

  6. Proposal Review Information
    1. NSF Proposal Review Process
    2. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard

  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements

  8. Contacts for Additional Information

  9. Other Programs of Interest

I. INTRODUCTION

The basic properties of materials frequently define the capabilities, potential, reliability and limitations of technology. Improved materials will play an increasing role in efforts to increase energy efficiency, promote environmental protection, develop information and communications systems, and provide modern and reliable transportation and civil infrastructure. Advances in fundamental materials research enable progress to be made across a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines and technological areas with dramatic impacts on society.

Continued progress in materials research is increasingly dependent upon collaborative efforts among several different disciplines, as well as closer coordination among funding agencies and effective partnerships involving universities, industry, and national laboratories. In addition, because of the growing interdependence of the world's economies, partnerships are important not only at the national level but from an international point of view as well.

The National Science Foundation has co-sponsored a series of international workshops designed to help stimulate enhanced collaboration among materials researchers and create networks linking individuals and centers in participating regions. The first workshop, held in Saltillo, Mexico, in May 1995, involved scientists and engineers from the US, Canada, and Mexico. Similar workshops followed to identify opportunities for collaboration among researchers from the US and the European Union (Belgium, 1996), the Americas (Brazil, 1998), the Asia-Pacific region (Hawaii, 1998), and Africa (South Africa, 2000). These workshops have identified possible areas for mutually beneficial collaborations, and recommended that extensive use be made of electronic communication, information exchanges, and databases to promote and facilitate research collaborations and education activities at the international level. Reports of the workshops can be found on the web page of the International Union of Materials Research Societies at http://www.iumrs.org/.

The National Science Foundation is working together with counterpart national, regional and multinational funding organizations worldwide to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research between US investigators and their colleagues abroad. In recent years, NSF issued calls for proposals from US investigators for collaborative research with their foreign counterparts. A list of awards resulting from these competitions can be found in the Web page of the NSF Division of Materials Research, Office of Special Programs (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=DMR)

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This solicitation describes an activity to foster opportunities for collaboration in materials research between investigators in the US and their counterparts abroad. It includes joint activities between NSF and funding organizations in Africa, through the Africa-US Materials Collaboration, Europe, Asia, and other countries or regions.

Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to fundamental materials phenomena, synthesis, characterization and/or properties. Projects not having this focus will not be considered for funding. Proposals will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research. For areas supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=DMR . It is strongly recommended that you contact DMR program staff listed in Section VIII to ascertain that the scientific or technical focus of the proposed research is appropriate for this solicitation. Proposals not appropriate for consideration by the Division of Materials Research may be returned without review.

NSF will accept proposals from US universities and colleges addressing collaborations between researchers from the US and participating countries or regions. Concurrently, investigators at non-US research institutions should submit to the counterpart funding organization in their country or region a request for support of their side of the collaboration. NSF will consider support for the US side of such collaborations, with the expectation that funding or research organizations from the appropriate countries or regions will consider supporting the costs of the non-US participants. NSF will not accept proposals from investigators at non-US institutions. Contact information for the NSF and funding organizations abroad is listed in Section VIII.

Projects proposed to NSF are expected to offer students and junior researchers the opportunity to participate in an international research and education experience and, more generally, for integrating research and training in an international environment. Proposals that include exchange of students and post-doctoral research associates between the US and abroad are strongly encouraged, as well as proposals from junior faculty and members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Proposals addressing materials research areas as described above are covered by this solicitation. Of special interest to NSF are proposals including activities that build upon and expand current cyber infrastructure capabilities, such as remote use of instrumentation, database creation and use, visualization and virtual experimentation, virtual networking, etc, to enhance and advance the international collaboration.

In addition to proposals for collaborative materials research and education, proposals to interface networks of US investigators and counterpart networks abroad will also be considered. Proposals to NSF in support of activities such as workshops, meetings, brief personnel exchanges, etc., of networks of US researchers with counterpart European networks may be linked to efforts supported, for example, by the European Science Foundation (see List of Contacts below and www.esf.org/pesc).

Proposals to NSF from individual investigators and groups of investigators are welcome. Proposals should be balanced in terms of intellectual effort and participation in the US and abroad.

III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

Proposals may be submitted by US universities and colleges. An investigator may be Principal Investigator on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

IV. AWARD INFORMATION

The estimated number of awards is 15 to 30, depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds. The total anticipated funding amount is $3,000,000 in FY 2006. Estimated total funding, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Awards may be standard or continuing grants.

V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

Full Proposal Instructions:

Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

Requests for additional funding (supplement) by a US Principal Investigator to an existing NSF award may not be submitted to this competition; such requests should be made directly through the program where the existing award is administered.

Proposals from foreign investigators should be submitted to the appropriate counterpart funding organization in accordance with the guidelines of that organization. Because application guidelines differ among the participating organizations, it is not necessary to submit identical proposals to NSF and the counterpart organization(s). However, whenever the guidelines and evaluation criteria from NSF and the counterpart organization(s) allow for submission of a single project description to both organizations, proposers are encouraged to do so. In such case, the Project Description of the counterpart proposal (item 1.b below) is redundant and need not be included as a supplementary document.

The following guidelines, in addition to those in the NSF GPG, should be followed in preparing the proposal to NSF:

  • The title of the proposal to NSF should begin as: "Materials World Network: ... "
  • The Project Summary must address in separate statements the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed activity and, within the context of these two statements, the value added by the proposed international collaboration.
  • The duration of the project proposed to NSF should match the duration of the counterpart project proposed to the other funding organization(s).
  • The proposal to NSF must be accompanied by two additional items entered into the "Supplementary Docs" FastLane form. Proposals that do not include these two items or do not observe the indicated page limitations will be returned without review.

1. Information clearly identifying the nature and scope of the corresponding counterpart proposal must be provided. For each counterpart proposal include:

a. Summary Information: name of the counterpart agency or agencies, names and affiliations of principal participants, the counterpart project title and identification code (if any), and date of proposal submission. Also state the requested funds, requested start and termination dates, and provide a technical abstract. (Limit: 2 pages).

b. Project Description of the counterpart proposal including, for example, state of knowledge of the field, results from previous work, objectives, plan of work, expected outcomes and their significance (Limit: 15 pages - this is an upper limit, not a required length). If the same project description is submitted to NSF and the counterpart funding organization(s) (see above) and/or the main body of the proposal to NSF already contains a description of the counterpart project, then this item is not necessary.

c. Biographical sketches or curriculum vitae of the senior project personnel, including significant publications related to the proposed project. (Limit: 2 pages per individual).

2. A specific summary of the proposed interaction, including visits between the U.S. and their partners abroad, stating the anticipated scientific benefits of the interaction, must be provided. (Limit: 2 pages).

  • No additional letters of support or recommendation may be included.

Proposers are reminded to identify the program announcement/solicitation number (05-594) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.

B. Budgetary Information

Cost Sharing:

Cost sharing is not required by NSF in proposals submitted under this Program Solicitation.

C. Due Dates

Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    October 17, 2005

D. FastLane Requirements

Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this announcement/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. For FastLane user support, call the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail fastlane@nsf.gov. The FastLane Help Desk answers general technical questions related to the use of the FastLane system. Specific questions related to this program announcement/solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this announcement/solicitation.

Submission of Electronically Signed Cover Sheets. 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 electronic certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Proposers are no longer required to provide a paper copy of the signed Proposal Cover Sheet to NSF. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane Website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov

VI. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

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. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. 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.

The National Science Board approved revised criteria for evaluating proposals at its meeting on March 28, 1997 (NSB 97-72). All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two merit review criteria. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.

On July 8, 2002, the NSF Director issued Important Notice 127, Implementation of new Grant Proposal Guide Requirements Related to the Broader Impacts Criterion. This Important Notice reinforces the importance of addressing both criteria in the preparation and review of all proposals submitted to NSF. NSF continues to strengthen its internal processes to ensure that both of the merit review criteria are addressed when making funding decisions.

In an effort to increase compliance with these requirements, the January 2002 issuance of the GPG incorporated revised proposal preparation guidelines relating to the development of the Project Summary and Project Description. Chapter II of the GPG specifies that Principal Investigators (PIs) must address both merit review criteria in separate statements within the one-page Project Summary. This chapter also reiterates that broader impacts resulting from the proposed project must be addressed in the Project Description and described as an integral part of the narrative.

Effective October 1, 2002, NSF will return without review proposals that do not separately address both merit review criteria within the Project Summary. It is believed that these changes to NSF proposal preparation and processing guidelines will more clearly articulate the importance of broader impacts to NSF-funded projects.

The two National Science Board approved merit review criteria are listed below (see the Grant Proposal Guide Chapter III.A for further information). The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which he/she is qualified to make judgments.

    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?

NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following 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.
    Additional Review Criteria:

    Reviewers will also take into consideration the value added by the proposed international collaboration in materials research, and the extent to which the collaboration integrates research and education and promotes diversity. Preference will be given to proposals where the efforts in the US and abroad are balanced and where students and junior researchers participate in the international collaboration.

    Representatives from NSF's Division of Materials Research will manage the review of proposals on the US side. NSF anticipates that after a corresponding evaluation of the counterpart proposal(s) by the appropriate counterpart funding organization(s), coordinated support will be arranged for successful proposals by the participating organizations. Information about counterpart proposals will be shared between the participating organizations as appropriate. While each side reserves the option to fund proposals independently, strong preference will be given to proposals with support from both NSF and the counterpart organization.

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 announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Ad Hoc and/or panel review.

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

A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are sent 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.

NSF is striving to be able to tell proposers whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the closing date of an announcement/solicitation, or the date of proposal receipt, whichever is later. 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 and Agreements 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 and Agreements Officer does so at their 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.A. 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 announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC). 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 Website at http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/. Paper copies of these documents may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 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, available electronically on the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=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 Website at http://www.gpo.gov.

C. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year grants (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. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for the PI and all Co-PIs. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

PIs are required to use NSF's electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane, for preparation and submission of annual and final project reports. 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 regarding this program should be made to:

  • Dr. Carmen Huber, Program Director, Office of Special Programs, Division of Materials Research, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4939, fax: (703) 292-9036, email: chuber@nsf.gov

Other NSF Staff Contacts:

If a funding organization is not listed in this solicitation, US investigators should contact appropriate NSF staff in the Office of International Science and Engineering for further guidance.

Dr. Elizabeth E. Lyons, Regional Coordinator (Acting)

Africa, Near East and South Asia Program

Office of International Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

Tel. 703-292-8707

Fax 703-292-9067

elyons@nsf.gov

 

Ms. Alexandra Stepanian, Regional Coordinator

Europe and Eurasia Program

Office of International Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

Tel. 703-292-8703

Fax 703-292-9067

astepani@nsf.gov

 

Dr. Harold J. Stolberg, Regional Coordinator

Americas Program

Office of International Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

Tel. 703-292-8706

Fax 703-292-9067

hstolber@nsf.gov

 

Dr. Frances Li, Regional Coordinator (Acting)

East Asia and Pacific Program

Office of International Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

Tel. 703-292-8710

fli@nsf.gov

 

Ms. Jeanne E. Hudson, Program Director

Western Europe Program

Office of International Science and Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

Tel. 703-292-8702

Fax 703-292-9067

jhudson@nsf.gov

Contacts at other organizations:

Contact information in participating countries or regions is provided for the convenience of researchers in those countries or regions. Questions from US investigators should be directed to NSF.

Africa-USA Materials Collaboration Contacts:

ALGERIA

Ministère de l'enseignement superieur et de la recherche scientifique

129 Chemin Mohamed Gacem El Madania, Algiers, Algeria

Prof. Houria Rebbah, Directrice

Tel: (213) 21-27-97-33; drsdt@wissal.dz

Dr. Charif Merouane

Tel: (213)21-27-63-24; Fax: (213) 21-27-63-24; othdrsdt@yahoo.fr;

EGYPT

Academy for Scientific Research and Technology

http://www.asrt.sci.eg/

Prof. Nabil Ghoneim, National Committee for New and Advanced Materials

Tel.: 010 – 1980067; nmghoneim2005@yahoo.com

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission

Prof. Tsige Gebremariam, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251-1-239756; Fax: +251-1-231087; Cellular: +251-9-242525; tsigegmw@phar.aau.edu.et

GHANA

Ministry of Environment and Science

Opposite SSNIT Pension House, P.O. Box MB 232, Accra, Ghana

E. O. Nsenkyire, Chief Director

Tel: +233 21 673336; Fax: +233 21 666828; mest@ghana.com

MOROCCO

Ministere de l'Enseignement Superieur

Direction de la Technologie

Prof. Khalid Riffi Temsamani

Tel : 00212 39 97 24 23 poste 47 ; Fax : 00212 39 99 45 00 ; Mobile : 212 64 49 01 50 ; krt@fst.ac.ma; krtemsamani@yahoo.fr

NAMIBIA

Ministry of Mines and Energy

Room 314, 1 Aviation Road, Eros Airport, Windhoek, Namibia

Dr. Erasmus Shivolo

Tel : 264 61 2848261 ; Fax : 264 61 2848362 ; eshivolo@mme.gov.na

NIGERIA

Engineering Materials Development Institute

PMB 611, KM4, Ondo Road, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Prof. Olusegun Adewoye

Cell: 234-8033127195; oadewoye@yahoo.co.uk

RWANDA

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research

Dr. Hermenegoilde Twagiramungu

Institut de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique

BP 227, Butare, Rwanda

irst2001@yahoo.fr

SENEGAL

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

B.P. 25114 Dakar-Fann, Dakar, Senegal

Prof. Aboubaker Chedikh Beye

Coordonateur National des Activités de Recherches en Science, Technologies et Ingénieurie des Matériaux

acbeye@refer.sn

SOUTH AFRICA

National Research Foundation

P.O. Box 2600, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa

Dr. Val Munsami, Manager, Science and Technology Agreements Fund

Tel: +27 12 481 4025; val@nrf.ac.za

TUNISIA

Ministry of Scientific Research

Dr. Hedi Zarrouk; hedi.zarrouk@inrap.mrt.tn

Dr. Manef Abderrabba; Tel: 216 98 643 010 ; manef.abderrabba@ipest.rnu.tn

UGANDA

National Council for Science and Technology

Plot 10, Kampala Road, Uganda House, 11th Floor

P.O. Box 6884, Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Z.M. Nyiira, Executive Secretary

Tel: 256-41-250499, 256-41-705500; Fax: 256-41-234579; incst@starcom.co.ug

ZIMBABWE

Research Council of Zimbabwe

Delken Complex Block A, Mount Pleasant Business Park

Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

Dr. Francis P. Gudyanga, Chairman

Tel: 263 4 369407/8; Fax: 263 4 369409; gudyanga@zarnet.ac.zw; secretary@rcz.ac.zw

Contacts in Europe :

AUSTRIA

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/index.asp

Weyringergasse 35, A - 1040 Vienna

Dr. Andreas Zumbusch, Scientific Administrator

Tel.: +43 1 50 56 740 Ext. 86, zumbusch@fwf.ac.at

BELGIUM

National Fund for Scientific Research (F.N.R.S.) / French Community

http://www.fnrs.be

Rue d'Egmont 5 - BE-1000 Brussels

Mme. M.J. Simoen, Sécretaire Générale

Tel: 02.504.92.11; Fax: 02.504.92.92; mjsimoen@fnrs.be

CROATIA

Ministry of Science, Education and Sports

http://www.mzos.hr/index.htm

Directorate for International Cooperation

Trg Josipa Jurja Strossmayera 4

10000 Zagreb, Hrvastska, Croatia

Marija Crnic, Senior Adviser for Bilateral Cooperation

Tel: +385 1 4594 353; Fax: +385 1 4819 331; marija.crnic@mzos.hr

CZECH REPUBLIC

Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GACR)

http://www.gacr.cz/english_line/english_line_index.htm

Narodni 3 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Dr. Pavel Chraska

Tel.: +420 2 86 89 04 50, chraska@ipp.cas.cz

FINLAND

Tekes, the National Technology Agency

http://www.tekes.fi

P.O.Box 69, FIN - 00101 Helsinki, Finland

Mrs. Sisko Sipila, Chief Technology Adviser

Product and Production Technology

Tel. +358 10 521 5845, sisko.sipila@tekes.fi

Academy of Finland: Research Council for Natural Sciences & Engineering

http://www.aka.fi (also http://www.research.fi)

P.O. Box 99, FIN - 00501 Helsinki

Dr. Petri Ahonen, Programme Manager

Tel. +358 9 7748 8300, petri.ahonen@aka.fi

FRANCE

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

http://www.cnrs.fr

3, rue Michel Ange

75794 Paris Cedex 16, France

Claire Giraud

Program Manager for the Americas, Division of International Programs

Tel. 01 44 96 47 05, claire.giraud@cnrs-dir.fr

Dr. Michel Lannoo

Scientific Director, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Tel. 01 44 96 42 52 michel.lannoo@cnrs-dir.fr

Dr.Marc J. Ledoux, Scientific Director, Chemistry

Tel. 01 44 96 40 98, sc-Directeur@cnrs-dir.fr

Dr. Victor Sanchez, Scientific Director, Engineering

Tel : 01 44 96 42 21, victor.sanchez@cnrs-dir.fr

GERMANY

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

http://www.dfg.de/en/index.html

Kennedyallee 40, D-53175 Bonn, Germany

Dr. Burkhard Jahnen, Program Director for Materials Science and Engineering

Tel +49 2 28/8 85-2487, burkhard.jahnen@dfg.de

Other German Organizations

Will be coordinated through Dr. Burkhard Jahnen,

See above for contact information.

GREECE

Ministry of Development, General Secretariat for Research and Technology

http://www.gsrt.gr

14-18 Messogion Avenue, 115 10 Athens

Dr. Vassiliki Mesthaneos, Head of the Bilateral Relations Division

International Science and Technology Cooperation Directorate

Tel: +36-210-7714495, vmes@gsrt.gr

HUNGARY

Hungarian Scientific Research Fund

http://www.otka.hu/

1087 Budapest, Konyves Kalman krt. 48-52, Hungary

Dr. Aniko Csakany

Tel: +36-1-463-1418; csakany@math.bme.hu

National Office For Research and Technology

http://www.nkth.gov.hu

H-1117 Budapest, Neumann J. u. 1/C, Hungary

Dr. Renata Roman, Project Manager

Tel: +36 1 484 2536; Fax: +36 1 266-0801; renata.roman@nkth.gov.hu

IRELAND

Enterprise Ireland

http://www.enterprise-ireland.com

Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

Dr. Jenny Melia

Materials Ireland Polymer Research Centre, Trinity Colleg, Dublin

Tel: +353-(0)1-6082404; jenny.melia@enterprise-ireland.com

Science Foundation Ireland

http://www.sfi.ie/

Wilton Park House, Wilton Place

Dublin 2, Ireland

Dr. Paul Dodd, Scientific Program Officer

Information and Communication Technologies Directorate

Tel: + 353 (0)1 607 3066, paul.dodd@sfi.ie

ITALY

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

http://www.cnr.it/sitocnr/home.html

ISMN-BO, Via P. Gobetti, 101,

40129 Bologna, Italy

Prof. Carlo Taliani,

Tel. +051 6398520, taliani@area.bo.cnr.it

Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei

Materiali (INSTM)

http://www.instm.it

Via B. Varchi, 59 - 50132 Florence, Italy

Prof. Ignazio Fragalà, President

Tel. +39-055 2343125, direzione@instm.it

National Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM)

http://www.infm.it/

Corso F. Perrone 24, I-16152 Genova, Italy

Prof. Elisa Molinari, NSF-INFM programme coordinator

Tel. +39 059 2055284, Fax +39 059 374752, molinari@infm.it

Other Italian organizations

Contact may be made with Prof. Elisa Molinari,

See above for contact information.

LUXEMBOURG

Fonds National de la Recherche

http://www.fnr.lu

6, rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, P.O. Box 1777

L-1017 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

Mrs. Christiane Kaell

Tel: 00352-261925-34, christiane.kaell@fnr.lu

NORWAY

The Research Council of Norway, Science and Technology Division

http://www.forskningsradet.no/english/

P.b. 2700

St. Hanshaugen

0131 Oslo, Norway

Dr. Aase Marie Hundere, Senior Adviser

Tel.+47-22037305, amh@rcn.no

POLAND

Ministry of Science and Information Society Technologies
1/3 Wspolna str, 00-529 Warszawa, Poland
Iwona Jedrzejczak, Head of Department of International Cooperation

Tel. +4822 628 67 76; Fax +4822 628 35 34

iwona.jedrzejczak@mnii.gov.pl

PORTUGAL

Science and Technology Foundation (FCT)

http://www.fct.mct.pt/

Av. D. Carlos I, 126

1249-074 LISBOA

Dr. Manuela Loureiro, FCT Presidency Senior Adviser

Tel: +351.21 392 4391; Fax: +351.21 392 6519 manuela.loureiro@fct.mces.pt

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic

Stromova 1, 813 30 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Dr. Anna Sitarova

Department of International S&T Cooperation

Division of Science and Technology

Tel.: +421 2 69 202 240; Fax: +421 2 69 202 213;anna.sitarova@minedu.sk

SPAIN

Ministry of Science and Technology

http://www.mcyt.es/

Paseo de la Castellana 160

28070 Madrid - SPAIN

Dr. José Luis Martínez ; Tel: +34-91-349-4372; jl.martinez@min.es

Dr. Rosa Menéndez ; rosa.menendez@min.es

SWEDEN

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

http://www.stratresearch.se/

Box 70483, SE-107 26 Stockholm

Dr. Joakim Amorin, Scientific Secretary

Tel. +46-8-505 816 65, joakim.amorim@stratresearch.se

SWITZERLAND

Swiss National Science Foundation

http://www.snf.ch/default_en.asp

Wildhainweg 20

P.O. Box 8232

3001 Bern, Switzerland

Dr. Paul Burkhard, Division II - Mathematics, Natural & Engineering Sciences

Tel. 41-31-308 22 22, pburkhard@snf.ch

UKRAINE

State Fund for Fundamental Research

 

http://www.dffd.gov.ua/

 

16 Shevchenko Blvd, Kyuv, 01601, Ukraine

 

Dr. Andrey Ragulya, Deputy Director, Institute for Problems in Materials Science

 

Tel:(+38-044)424-7435;Fax:(+38-044)424-1533; ragulya@materials.kiev.ua

UNITED KINGDOM

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

http://www.epsrc.ac.uk

Polaris House

North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1ET, U.K.

Dr. Andrew Rendell, Associate Programme Manager, Materials

Tel. 44-(0)-1793 444260, andy.rendell@epsrc.ac.uk

EUROPE-USA

NETWORKING

European Science Foundation

http://www.esf.org/pesc

Physical and Engineering Sciences

1 quai Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg cedex, France

Mr. Neil Williams,

Physical and Engineering Science Committee

Tel. +33 (0)3 88 76 71 07, pesc@esf.org

Contacts in other countries or regions:

AUSTRALIA

Australian Research Council (ARC)

http://www.arc.gov.au/arc_home/default.htm

GPO Box 2702

Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Prof. Alan M. Johnson, Executive Director, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Tel.: 02 6284 6685 ; alan.johnson@arc.gov.au

CHINA

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

http://www.nsfc.gov.cn/

83 Shuangqing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100085, China

Dr. Li Ming, Director

Department of Engineering and Material Sciences

Tel.: 86-10-62327100/6844; Fax : 86-10-62327133; lim@mail.nsfc.gov.cn

INDIA

Department of Science and Technology

http://dst.gov.in/

International Cooperation Division, Dep. of Science and Technology

Technology Bhawan

New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016, India

Shri. Y. P. Kumar, Scientist –G and Head

Tel: 91-11-26590430; Fax: 91-11-26961912; ypk@nic.in; kumaryp@hotmail.com

Dr. B.K. Jain; Scientist-G

Tel: 91-11-26590413; Fax: 91-11-26961583; jainbk@nic.in; bhushankjain@yahoo.com

ISRAEL

Ministry of Science and Technology

www.most.gov.il

P.O. Box 49100, 91490 Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Avraham Cohen, Director

Materials Research Division

Tel. +972-2-5411136; Fax +972-2-5815595; avraham@most.gov.il

JAPAN

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/index.html

Kazuko Shinohara, NSF Tokyo Regional Office

c/o US Embassy Tokyo

Tel: 011-81-3-3224-5504 ; Fax: 011-81-3-3224-5507 ; kshinoha@nsf.gov

RUSSIAN
FEDERATION

Russian Foundation for Basic Research

http://www.rfbr.ru/

32a, Leninsky prospect, 11991, CSWP-1, Moscow, V-334, Russia

Dr. Vladimir Khromov, Director, International Relations Department

Tel: (095) 938-54-82; Fax: (095) 938-54-56; khromov@rfbr.ru

SINGAPORE

Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR)

http://www.a-star.edu.sg

Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)

30 Biopolis Street, #09-01 Matrix, Singapore 138671, Singapore

Dr Jasbir Singh, Deputy Director, Extramural Programme

Tel: +65 68266132; Fax: +65 67798061; jasbir_singh@a-star.edu.sg

TAIWAN

National Science Council

http://web.nsc.gov.tw/

Prof. Dr. Kwang-Lung Lin, Director General, Department of International Cooperation

21F, 106 Ho-Ping E. Rd. Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan 10636

Tel: 886-2-2737-7558; Fax: 886-2-2737-7607; kllin@nsc.gov.tw

TURKEY

TUBITAK

http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/

121 Ataturk Bulvari, Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Omer Cebeci, Vice President

Tel: +90 312 468 5300 Ext: 4402, omer.cebeci@tubitak.gov.tr

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