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


Program Solicitation
NSF 10-588

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 09-600

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
     Division of Materials Research

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

November 10, 2010

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Please be advised that the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) includes guidelines implementing the mentoring provisions of the America COMPETES Act (ACA) (Pub. L. No. 110-69, Aug. 9, 2007.) As specified in the ACA, each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Proposals that do not comply with this requirement will be returned without review (see the PAPP Guide Part I: Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II for further information about the implementation of this requirement).

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 fundamental materials and condensed matter research is increasingly dependent upon collaborative efforts among 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 and education 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 Africa; the Americas, through the Inter-American Materials Collaboration (CIAM); Asia and Europe.

Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to research supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR), as they will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas within DMR: condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, metallic materials and nanostructures, ceramics, electronic and photonic materials, and condensed matter and materials theory. Proposals not appropriate for DMR consideration will be returned without review. NSF will accept proposals from US academic institutions 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 of all appropriate research costs 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 international research and education experiences and, more generally, to integrate research and education in an international environment, and to clearly demonstrate the value added by the international collaboration. Projects are also expected to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Michael Scott, 1065.29, telephone: (703) 292-4771, email: mjscott@nsf.gov

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

  • 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 40 depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,500,000 to $4,500,000 total in FY2011, depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds

Eligibility Information

Organization Limit:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

PI Limit:

The PI and Co-PI(s) must hold a position at an eligible US institution. NSF will not accept proposals from investigators at non-US institutions.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI:

An investigator may serve as PI or Co-PI in either (a) a proposal submitted in response to this solicitation or, (b) an unsolicited proposal submitted to the Division of Materials Research within the FY2011 DMR submission window (see http://www.nsf.gov/materials for the submission window of unsolicited proposals to DMR), but not both. This limitation does not apply to proposals submitted in response to this solicitation and requesting support for networks of investigators and their appropriate associated activities as described in section II.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not Applicable
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not Applicable
  • Full Proposals:
    • Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. 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.
    • 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)

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost Sharing is not required under this solicitation.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

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

    November 10, 2010

Proposal Review Information Criteria

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. Award Information

  4. Eligibility Information

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

  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. NSF Merit Review Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process

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

  8. Agency Contacts

  9. Other Information

I. INTRODUCTION

The basic properties of materials frequently define the capabilities, potential, reliability and limitations of technology. Advances in fundamental materials and condensed matter 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.

Over the last decade, the National Science Foundation has co-sponsored a series of international workshops designed to stimulate enhanced collaboration among materials researchers and create networks linking individuals and centers in participating regions. 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. 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 and education between US investigators and their colleagues abroad.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This solicitation describes an activity to foster collaboration in materials and condensed matter research between investigators in the US and their counterparts abroad. It includes joint activities between NSF and funding organizations in Africa, through the US-Africa Materials Collaboration; in the Americas, through the Inter-American Materials Collaboration (CIAM); Asia and Europe.

Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to fundamental materials and condensed matter research supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR). Projects not having this focus will not be considered for funding. Proposals will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas supported by DMR: condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, metallic materials and nanostructures, ceramics, electronic and photonic materials, and condensed matter and materials theory. For areas supported by DMR see http://www.nsf.gov/materials. It is strongly recommended that proposers contact the cognizant program officer (Dr. Carmen Huber, chuber@nsf.gov) to ascertain that the scientific focus of the proposed research is appropriate for this solicitation. Proposals not appropriate for consideration by the Division of Materials Research will be returned without review.

NSF will accept proposals from US academic institutions 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 of all appropriate research costs 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. Under this MWN solicitation, NSF will not accept proposals from investigators at non-US institutions and will not support subawards to non-US institutions. Contact information for participating funding organizations abroad is listed in Section VIII.

In addition to proposals for collaborative materials research and education. proposals to link networks of US investigators with counterpart networks abroad will also be considered. Such proposals to NSF might request, for example, support for activities such as workshops, meetings, brief personnel exchanges, data exchanges, the use of cyber tools, etc., to enable linkages between a US network and counterpart networks in other countries/regions.

Projects proposed to NSF in areas supported by DMR are encouraged to develop collaborations that involve sending U.S. students and junior researchers to conduct collaborative research and education at international partner organizations. NSF awards are limited to support of the U.S. portion of the collaboration. Although reciprocal visits by international researchers and students to the U.S. institutions are encouraged, NSF will not usually pay for the expenses of foreign scientists or students undertaking such visits. However, in certain cases where housing and subsistence costs in the foreign country are much less than in the U.S. and for projects involving exchanges of researchers and/or students, reciprocal arrangements for provision of housing and subsistence may be established, with adherence to the overall principle that each side supports equivalent costs. Proposals that include exchange of students and post-doctoral research associates between the US and abroad, as well as proposals from junior faculty and members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering (women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities) are strongly encouraged.

Proposals addressing materials and condensed matter research in areas supported by DMR as described above are covered by this solicitation. Of special interest to this solicitation 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.

Proposals to NSF from individual investigators and small groups of investigators (3-5 investigators) are welcome. Proposals should be balanced in terms of intellectual effort and participation in the US and abroad.

III. AWARD INFORMATION

The estimated number of awards is 20 to 40, depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds. The total anticipated funding amount is $2,500,000 to $4,500,000 in FY2011. Estimated total funding, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to quality of proposals and availability of funds. Awards may be standard or continuing grants.

IV. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

Organization Limit:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

PI Limit:

The PI and Co-PI(s) must hold a position at an eligible US institution. NSF will not accept proposals from investigators at non-US institutions.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI:

An investigator may serve as PI or Co-PI in either (a) a proposal submitted in response to this solicitation or, (b) an unsolicited proposal submitted to the Division of Materials Research within the FY2011 DMR submission window (see http://www.nsf.gov/materials for the submission window of unsolicited proposals to DMR), but not both. This limitation does not apply to proposals submitted in response to this solicitation and requesting support for networks of investigators and their appropriate associated activities as described in section II.

Additional Eligibility Info:

This solicitation calls for research and education international collaborative projects in program areas that are supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR): condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, metallic materials and nanostructures, ceramics, electronic and photonic materials, and condensed matter and materials theory. Proposals submitted in response to the solicitation are evaluated within the context of the appropriate aforementioned programs in DMR.

V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

Full Proposal Preparation Instructions: Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system.

  • Full proposals submitted via FastLane: Proposals submitted in response to this program 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 nsfpubs@nsf.gov. Proposers are reminded to identify this program solicitation number in the program solicitation block on the NSF Cover Sheet For Proposal to the National Science Foundation. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
  • Full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation via Grants.gov should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov. The complete text of 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). To obtain copies of the Application Guide and Application Forms Package, click on the Apply tab on the Grants.gov site, then click on the Apply Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package and Application Instructions link and enter the funding opportunity number, (the program solicitation number without the NSF prefix) and press the Download Package button. Paper copies of the Grants.gov Application Guide also may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from nsfpubs@nsf.gov.

In determining which method to utilize in the electronic preparation and submission of the proposal, please note the following:

Collaborative Proposals. All collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system. Chapter II, Section D.4 of the Grant Proposal Guide provides additional information on collaborative proposals.

Requests for additional funding (supplement) by a US Principal Investigator to an existing NSF award may not be submitted in response to this solicitation; 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 may differ among the participating organizations, it may or may not be possible to submit identical proposals to NSF and the counterpart organization(s). However, the proposal to NSF should clearly describe the contribution of the foreign participants in the Project Description as noted below.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must comply with proposal preparation guidelines in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). A deviation from the page limitation for the Project Description is hereby authorized as described below. The following guidelines, in addition to those in the GPG, should be followed in preparing the proposal to NSF:

  1. The title of the proposal to NSF should begin as: "Materials World Network: ..."
  2. The participating foreign countries should be listed in the cover sheet under "International Cooperative Activities".
  3. The duration of the project proposed to NSF should match the duration of the counterpart project proposed to the other funding organization(s).
  4. 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.
  5. The Project Description may not exceed 17 pages. As indicated in the GPG, the Project Description must include a section on Results from Prior NSF Support, which is limited to a maximum of 5 pages. The Project Description must clearly describe the work to be undertaken by US and foreign participants in an integrated fashion. The Project Description must also include a specific summary of the proposed interaction, including visits between the US researchers and students and their partners abroad, stating the anticipated scientific benefits of the interaction and not to exceed 2 pages.
  6. The Biographical Sketches section must include biographical sketches or curriculum vitae of the foreign participants, including significant publications related to the proposed project. As for US participants, these must include the investigators' thesis and postdoctoral advisors, thesis recipients and postgraduate scholars sponsored, as well as a list of collaborators (Limit: 2 pages per individual).
  7. The proposal to NSF must include information clearly identifying the corresponding counterpart proposal. This information must be entered into the "Supplementary Docs" section of the proposal to NSF. For each counterpart proposal include: name of the counterpart agency or agencies, names and affiliations of principal participants, the counterpart project title and identification code (if any), date of proposal submission, requested funds, and requested start and termination dates.
  8. No letters of support or recommendation may be included.

Proposals not complying with the above preparation guidelines will be returned without review.

B. Budgetary Information

Cost Sharing: Cost sharing is not required under this solicitation.

C. Due Dates

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

    November 10, 2010

D. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements

  • For Proposals Submitted Via FastLane:

    Detailed technical instructions regarding the technical aspects of 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 solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this funding opportunity.

    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. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane Website at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp.

  • For Proposals Submitted Via Grants.gov:

    Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must register to create an institutional profile. Once registered, the applicant's organization can then apply for any federal grant on the Grants.gov website. Comprehensive information about using Grants.gov is available on the Grants.gov Applicant Resources webpage: http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/app_help_reso.jsp. In addition, the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide provides additional technical guidance regarding preparation of proposals via Grants.gov. For Grants.gov user support, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email: support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Contact Center answers general technical questions related to the use of Grants.gov. Specific questions related to this program solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this solicitation.

    Submitting the Proposal: Once all documents have been completed, the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must submit the application to Grants.gov and verify the desired funding opportunity and agency to which the application is submitted. The AOR must then sign and submit the application to Grants.gov. The completed application will be transferred to the NSF FastLane system for further processing.

VI. NSF PROPOSAL PROCESSING AND REVIEW PROCEDURES

Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposal preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer's discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal.

A. NSF Merit Review Criteria

All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.

The two NSB-approved merit review criteria are listed below. 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 the reviewer 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, original, or potentially transformative 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?

Examples illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts are available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/broaderimpacts.pdf.

Mentoring activities provided to postdoctoral researchers supported on the project, as described in a one-page supplementary document, will be evaluated under the Broader Impacts criterion.

NSF staff also 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 and condensed matter research, and the extent to which the collaboration integrates research and education, broadens the participation of underrepresented groups, and creatively addresses the broader impacts review criterion - see the Division of Materials Research 'Dear Colleague Letter' on the broader impacts review criterion at http://www.nsf.gov/materials. Preference will be given to proposals where the intellectual efforts in the US and abroad are balanced and where students and junior researchers participate in international research experiences.

Representatives from NSF's Division of Materials Research will manage the review of proposals on the US side, either in parallel or jointly with participating funding organizations abroad. In the case of a joint, single review process as with the EPSRC in the United Kingdom and the DFG in Germany, the proposals and their reviews will be shared with the foreign funding organization. Coordinated support will be arranged for successful proposals by the participating organizations. Information about 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 and Selection Process

Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be reviewed by Ad hoc Review 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.

After scientific, technical and programmatic review and consideration of appropriate factors, the NSF Program Officer recommends to the cognizant Division Director whether the proposal should be declined or recommended for award. NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the deadline or target date, or receipt date, whichever is later. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's 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 Officer. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

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 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.B. 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 (GC-1); * or Research Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreements also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC) and the applicable Programmatic Terms and Conditions. NSF awards are electronically signed by an NSF Grants and Agreements Officer and transmitted electronically to the organization via e-mail.

*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Website at http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/award_conditions.jsp?org=NSF. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from nsfpubs@nsf.gov.

More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions and other important information on the administration of NSF awards is contained in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.

C. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the Principal Investigator must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period. (Some programs or awards require more frequent project reports). Within 90 days after expiration of a grant, the PI also is required to submit a final project report, and a project outcomes report for the general public.

Failure to provide the required annual or final project reports, or the project outcomes report will delay NSF review and processing of any future funding increments as well as any pending proposals for that PI. 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. Such reports provide information on activities and findings, project participants (individual and organizational), 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. Submission of the report via FastLane constitutes certification by the PI that the contents of the report are accurate and complete. The project outcomes report must be prepared and submitted using Research.gov. This report serves as a brief summary, prepared specifically for the public, of the nature and outcomes of the project. This report will be posted on the NSF website exactly as it is submitted by the PI.

VIII. AGENCY CONTACTS

Please note that the program contact information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:

  • William P. Daniels, 1065 N, telephone: (703) 292-4755, email: wdaniels@nsf.gov

For questions relating to Grants.gov contact:

  • Grants.gov Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from Grants.gov within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail: support@grants.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.

Inter-American Materials Collaboration (CIAM) contacts:

ARGENTINA

Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
http://www.conicet.gov.ar/
Rivadavia 1917, 1033 Buenos Aires
Dr. Jorge Tezón, Gerente de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico
Tel.: 54-11-5983-1411, Fax: 54-11-4953-7483, jtezon@conicet.gov.ar

BRAZIL

Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
http://www.cnpq.br/
SEPN 507 - Bloco B - Ed. Sede CNPq - 3° andar - sala 303
70.740-901 - Brasilia - DF
Sra. Patricia Olano Morgantti, Coordination for Bilateral Cooperation
Tel: 55-(61) 2108-9436, Fax: 55-(61) 2108-9442; cocbi@cnpq.br

CHILE

Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)
http://www.conicyt.cl/
Bernarda Morin 545, Providencia, Santiago de Chile
María Teresa Ramírez Pandolfo, Director, International Relations
Luz Maria Garcia, Program Coordinator, International Relations
Tel.: 56-23654623; Fax.: 56-2-2741897; lgarcia@conicyt.cl
http://www.conicyt.cl/573/article-37135.html

MEXICO

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)
http://www.conacyt.mx/
Insurgentes Sur 1582, Col. Crédito Constructor, Del. Benito Juarez
Mexico DF 03940
Dr. Guillermo Aguilar-Sahagun, Director de Investigación Aplicada
gaguilar@conacyt.mx
Lic. Silvia G. Sánchez Casanova, Jefa del Depto. de Control Informativo
Dirección de Investigación Aplicada
Tel: 52-55-53227700, ext. 6232; Fax: 52-55-53227798
ssanchezc@conacyt.mx
http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/CooperacionInetrnacional/Paginas/Convocatoria_CIAM.aspx

Contacts in Africa:

EGYPT

Science and Technology Development Fund
http://www.stdf.org.eg/
Dr. Abeer Shakweer, Manager, Planning and Monitoring
Ministry of Scientific Research
101 Kasr el-Aini Street, Cairo, Egypt
Abeer.shakweer@stdf.org.eg

Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
http://www.asrt.sci.eg/en/
101 Kasr Al-Aini Street, Cairo, Egypt
Professor Dr. Mohammad Tarek Hussein, President
Tel: +27921267.../68/69/63/65; info@asrt.sci.eg

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopian Academy of Sciences
Professor Demissie Habte, President
Roman Tewolde Berhan, Program Cordinator
P.O. Box 30193, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 91 352 4906; easlaunchboard@gmail.com

KENYA

Kenya National Academy of Sciences
http://www.knascience.org/
P.O. Box 39450-00623, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-020-3111714; Fax: 254-020-311715
Professor Joseph Otieno Malo; Professor Felix M. Luti
P.O. Box 30197-00100 GPO Nairobi
knas@iconnect.co.ke

MOROCCO

Ministère de l'Education Nationale, de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Formation des Cadres et de la Recherche Scientifique
Direction de la Technologie
Dr. Benbouida Mohammed, National Coordinator
International Program Globe and Ocean for Life in Morocco
Tel: +212 661 356955; Fax: +212 537 217650
benbouida@enssup.gov.ma

SENEGAL

Ministere de la Recherche Scientifique
Dr. Arame Boye-Faye
Directrice de la Recherche Scientifique
Building Admistratif, 5ième étage, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: 221 33 8497552 /33 8215272; Mobile: 00-221-637-00-23
arame@ucad.sn; aramefaye@yahoo.com

TANZANIA

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology
http://www.costech.or.tz/
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road; Kijitonyama, P.O. Box 4302
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director General
Tel: 255-22-2700750; 255-784-782210 (mobile); Fax: 255-22-2775313/3
hmshinda@costech.or.tz; dg@costech.or.tz

TUNISIA

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Prof. Manef Abderrabba
Director General, National Coordinator of Materials Sciences
Tel: +216 71 460 302, Cell: +216 98 64 30 10
Fax: +216 71 461518; manef.abderrabba@ipest.rnu.tn; manef@ecopark.rnrt.tn

UGANDA

National Council for Science and Technology
http://www.uncst.go.ug/
Plot 3/5/7, Nasser Road
P.O. Box 6884, Kampala, Uganda
Dr. Peter Ndemerere, Executive Secretary
Tel: 256-414-250-499; Fax: 256-414-234579; uncst@starcom.co.ug

ZIMBABWE

Ministry of Science and Technology Development
Livingstone House, 48 Samora Machel Ave., P.O. Box 2265, Harare,
Zimbabwe
DR. Francis P. Gudyanga, Permanent Secretary
Tel: 263 4 792490; Cell: +263-712-871163, +262-916-222165
fpgudyanga@zarnet.ac.zw; francis.gudyanga@gmail.com

Contacts in Europe and Eurasia:

AUSTRIA

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/index.asp
Sensengasse 1; A - 1090 Vienna
Dr. Doris Rakoczy, Scientific Administrator
Tel.: +43 1 505 67 40 8403, doris.rakoczy@fwf.ac.at

CROATIA

Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
http://public.mzos.hr/Default.aspx?sec=2428
Directorate for International Cooperation and European Integration
Donje Svetice 38
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

FINLAND

Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
http://www.tekes.fi/
P.O.Box 69, FIN - 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Mrs. Sisko Sipila, Chief Technology Adviser
Materials Technology
Tel. +358 1060 55845, sisko.sipila@tekes.fi

Academy of Finland: Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
http://www.aka.fi/ (also http://www.research.fi)
P.O. Box 99, FIN - 00501 Helsinki
Dr. Jan Bäckman, Science Advisor
Tel. +358 9 7748 8394; jan.backman@aka.fi

FRANCE

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/
212, rue de Bercy F-75012 Paris, France
Dr. Nakita Vodjdani; Tel: +33 1 78 09 80 13;
Nakita.vodjdani@agencerecherche.fr
Dr. Jean-Pierre Chevalier; Tel: +33 1 78 09 81 14;
jean-pierre.chevalier@agencerecherche.fr
http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/
magazine/actualites/detail/appels-a-projets-transnationaux-anr-nsf/

http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/AAPBLI-I-2011

GERMANY

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
http://www.dfg.de/en/index.html
Kennedyallee 40, D-53175 Bonn, Germany
Dr. Michael Moessle, Program Director for Condensed Matter Physics
Tel +49 228/8 85-2351; michael.moessle@dfg.de
http://www.dfg.de/dfg_profil/im_
internationalen_kontext/dachorganisationen_verbuende/materials_world_network/index.html

Other German Organizations: Will be coordinated through Dr. Michael Moessle.

GREECE

General Secretariat for Research and Technology
http://www.gsrt.gr/
14-18 Messogeion Avenue, 115 10 Athens, Greece
Kelly Vavasi, Senior Project Officer
International Science and Technology Cooperation Directorate
Tel: +30 210 7711519, +30 210 7458101; Fax: +30 210 7714153;
kvavasi@gsrt.gr

LUXEMBOURG

Fonds National de la Recherche
http://www.fnr.lu/en/Grants-Activities/Research-Programmes/INTER-Programme
6, rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, P.O. Box 1777
L-1017 Luxembourg-Kirchberg
Mrs. Christiane Kaell, Programme Manager
Tel: 00352-261925-34, christiane.kaell@fnr.lu

ROMANIA

Ministry of Education, Research and Sport Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research Funding
1, Schitu Magureanu Blvd, 3rd floor, 5th sector, 050025 Bucharest
Magda Cringasu, Deputy Director, magda.cringasu@uefiscsu.ro
Ms. Adriana Rotar; Tel: +40-21-307-1967, adriana.rotar@uefiscsu.ro

RUSSIAN
FEDERATION

Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
http://www.rfbr.ru/
32a, Leninsky prospect, 11991, Moscow, Russia
Maria Baktysheva, Senior Specialist, International Relations Department
Tel: 7 (495) 938-56-24; Fax: 7 (495) 938-54-56; prokhor@rfbr.ru

SLOVENIA

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
http://www.arrs.gov.si/en/dobrodoslica.asp
Tivolska ceta 30, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Primož Pristovšek
Head of Department for International Cooperation
Tel./Fax: +386-(0)1-400 5971/5; primoz.pristovsek@arrs.si

SPAIN

Ministry of Science and Innovation
http://www.micinn.es/
C/Albacete, 5
28027 Madrid - SPAIN
Dr. Carlos Prieto; Tel. +34-91-334-9017; cprieto@icmm.csic.es

THE
NETHERLANDS

Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)
http://www.fom.nl/
Postbus 3021, 3502 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Floor van de Pavert, Program Officer
Tel: +31-30-6001222, Fax: +31-30-6014406 ; floor.van.de.pavert@fom.nl

TURKEY

TUBITAK
http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/
TUBITAK Tunus Caddesi No. 80, 06100 Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Omer Anlagan, Vice President
Tel: +90 312 467 82 80, omer.anlagan@tubitak.gov.tr
Güliz Sütçü, Scientific Programs Assistant Expert
Bilateral and Multilateral Relations Division
International Cooperation Department
Tel: +90 312 468 53 00 ext. 2775; Fax: +90 312 427 74 83
uidb@tubittak.gov.tr

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@ipms.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. Natalie Stear, Portfolio Manager, Physical Sciences Programme
Tel. 44-(0)-1793 444260, natalie.stear@epsrc.ac.uk.
See http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/epsrcnsfmp2010/Pages/default1.aspx

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, Head of Unit and Committee Secretary
Physical and Engineering Science Committee
Tel. +33 (0)3 88 76 71 07, Fax: +33 (0) 3 88 37 05 32; pesc@esf.org

Contacts in Asia:

CHINA

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

 

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

 

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

 

Dr. Chen Kexin, Division of Inorganic Non-Metallic Materails

 

Department of Engineering and Material Sciences

 

Tel.: 86-10-62327144; Fax : 86-10-62327133;

 

chenkx@mail.nsfc.gov.cn

 

Chinese researchers must check with NSFC regarding eligible topical areas at NSFC. See http://www.nsfc.gov.cn/Portal0/InfoModule_396/30541.htm

 

 

JAPAN

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

 

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

 

Ms. Helga Tabuchi, Head, Research Cooperation Division I

 

International Program Department

 

6 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8471, Japan

 

nikokukan@jsps.go.jp

 

 

 

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

 

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

 

Mr. Yoshiaki Nakamura, Director General

 

Research and Development Promotion Department

 

Tel. 81-44-520-5170; nakamuraysa@nedo.go.jp

 

 

 

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

 

http://www.nims.go.jp/

 

1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 Japan

 

Mr. Masahiro Takemura, Director, International Affairs Office

 

Tel. +81-29-859-2402; Fax +81-29-859-2049;

 

takemura.masahiro@nims.go.jp

 

 

 

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

 

http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/

 

Mr. Toshitaka Kuroki, Director

 

Department of Research Projects, Innovation Headquarters

 

Sanbancho Bldg. 5, Sanbancho Chiyoda-ku

 

Tokyo 102-0075, Japan

 

Tel: 81-3-3512-3528; Fax: 81-3-3222-2068; kokusai@jst.go.jp

 

 

SINGAPORE

Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR)

 

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

 

1 Fusionopolis Way #18-10 Connexis North Singapore

 

138632, Singapore

 

Mr. Andy Chan, Deputy Director

 

Council Operations and Governance

 

Ms. Chia Siao-Wei, Senior Officer;

 

Chemicals, Materials and Energy

 

Tel: +65 6826 6111; Fax: +65 6779 8061;

 

chia_siao_wei@a-star.edu.sg

 

 

TAIWAN

National Science Council

 

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

 

Prof. Dr. Ching-Ray Chang, 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;  crchang@nsc.gov.tw

IX. OTHER INFORMATION

The NSF Website provides the most comprehensive source of information on NSF Directorates (including contact information), programs and funding opportunities. Use of this Website by potential proposers is strongly encouraged. In addition, National Science Foundation Update is a free e-mail subscription service designed to keep potential proposers and other interested parties apprised of new NSF funding opportunities and publications, important changes in proposal and award policies and procedures, and upcoming NSF Regional Grants Conferences. Subscribers are informed through e-mail when new publications are issued that match their identified interests. Users can subscribe to this service by clicking the "Get NSF Updates by Email" link on the NSF web site.

Grants.gov provides an additional electronic capability to search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities. NSF funding opportunities may be accessed via this new mechanism. Further information on Grants.gov may be obtained at http://www.grants.gov.

Related Programs:

International Collaboration in Chemistry between U.S. Investigators and Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (ICC), http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13627&org=CHE&from=home

International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12815&org=OISE&from=home

Developing Global Scientists and Engineers (International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP)), http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&from=fund

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5327&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5284&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

International Research Fellowship Program, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5179&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12819

Research Coordination Networks (RCN), http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10566/nsf10566.htm

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