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


Program Solicitation
NSF 12-593

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 11-568

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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 14, 2012

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

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 for all appropriate research costs of 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.

Important Reminders

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 11-1, was issued on October 1, 2010 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 18, 2011. Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 11-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Cost Sharing: The PAPPG has been revised to implement the National Science Board's recommendations regarding cost sharing. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal. The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. Mandatory cost sharing will only be required when explicitly authorized by the NSF Director. See the PAPP Guide Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.g(xi) for further information about the implementation of these recommendations.

Data Management Plan: The PAPPG contains a clarification of NSF's long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units are available on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp. See
Chapter II.C.2.j of the GPG for further information about the implementation of this requirement.

Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan: As a reminder, each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Please be advised that if required, FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan. See Chapter II.C.2.j of the GPG 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:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 promotes joint activities between the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)and funding organizations in Africa, Asia, the Americas 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 seehttp://www.nsf.gov/ materials. In addition, this year the Materials World Network (MWN) program will particularly focus on proposals related to Sustainable Materials, DMR's effort inSustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM). This initiative is described by NSF 12-095 and is aimed at enabling the basic science and engineering discoveries that will reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and improve efficiency of industrial processes. Research projects that target the discovery of new materials or make materials more sustainable through improved synthesis, enhanced applications, and/or advances in lifecycle management are particularly encouraged for the Materials World Network program. It is strongly recommended that proposers contact the cognizant program officer listed in this solicitation to ascertain that the scientific focus of the proposed research is appropriate for the solicitation. Proposals not appropriate for consideration by the Division of Materials Research will be returned without review.

Proposals that focus on any area of interest to the Division of Materials Research will be considered.

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 J. Scott, 1065N, 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 30 depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,500,000 to $4,000,000 total anticipated funding amount in FY2013. Estimated total funding, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to 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: 1

An investigator may participate as PI or co-PI in only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. Also, 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 FY2013 DMR submission window (see http://www.nsf.gov/materials for the submission window of unsolicited proposals to DMR), but not both.

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: Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

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

         November 14, 2012

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

Continued progress in materials research is increasingly dependent upon collaborative efforts among multiple disciplines, as well as closer coordination among funding agencies and effective partnerships involving universities, industry, and national laboratories. Furthermore, in view of the rapid change in science and engineering capabilities worldwide as well as industries becoming increasingly global, partnerships are important not only at the national level but also from an international point of view. NSF works to enable US researchers and students to leverage worldwide capabilities and investments, and to facilitate their access to internationally located expertise, facilities and data as needed to address multidisciplinary challenges of national and global significance. Towards the goal of maintaining US global leadership at the frontiers of knowledge, the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) 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 the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) and funding organizations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The United Kingdom will not participate in the program this year, but it is anticipated that they will return for the next competition.

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/. In addition, this year the Materials World Network (MWN) program will particularly focus on proposals related to Sustainable Materials, DMR's effort in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM). This initiative is described by NSF 12-095 and is aimed at enabling the basic science and engineering discoveries that will reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and improve efficiency of industrial processes. Research projects that target the discovery of new materials or make materials more sustainable through improved synthesis, enhanced applications, and/or advances in lifecycle management are particularly encouraged for the Materials World Network program. It is strongly recommended that proposers contact the cognizant program officer listed in this solicitation to ascertain that the scientific focus of the proposed research is appropriate for the 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 for all appropriate research costs of 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.

Materials research and education proposals to NSF from individual investigators and small groups of investigators (2-4 investigators) are welcome. Research center-type proposals will not be considered. Proposals should be balanced in terms of intellectual effort and participation in the US and abroad.

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 (i.e. if room and board expenses of foreign visitors are to be paid for with NSF funds it is expected that a reciprocal arrangement be in place for the foreign country to support the equivalent costs of US participants when visiting that country) . 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.

In addition to proposals for international materials research and education collaborations from individuals and small groups, proposals to link networks of US investigators with counterpart networks abroad will also be considered. Such proposals should include multiple investigators from several institutions in the US and should link with counterpart networks abroad. Proposed networking activities should focus on a theme to give coherence to the network, such as a broad topic in materials research. Such proposals should spell out the foundations of the network's proposed activities, and should specify activities to be undertaken, new groups of investigators to be brought together, products to be generated by the network activities, and how information about the network and opportunities to participate will be disseminated. The proposal should also outline the expected benefits of the network's activities in moving forward an area of materials research and the implications for the broader community of materials researchers. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. For such type of proposal, NSF support is to be provided for activities that may include workshops, meetings, brief personnel exchanges, data exchanges, the use of cyber tools, etc., to enable linkages between the US network and counterpart networks in other countries/regions.

III. AWARD INFORMATION

The estimated number of awards is 20 to 30, depending on quality of proposals and availability of funds. The total anticipated funding amount is $2,500,000 to $4,000,000 in FY2013. 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: 1

An investigator may participate as PI or co-PI in only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. Also, 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 FY2013 DMR submission window (see http://www.nsf.gov/materials for the submission window of unsolicited proposals to DMR), but not both.

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, metals and metallic 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. Investigators are strongly advised to contact NSF staff listed in this solicitation to ascertain that the planned research fits the scope of the solicitation. Proposals not appropriate for consideration by DMR will be returned without review.

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 managed.

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. For proposals that address the Sustainable Materials effort in DMR, the title of the proposal to NSF should begin as : "Materials World Network, SusChEM: ..."
  3. The participating foreign countries should be listed in the cover sheet under "International Cooperative Activities".
  4. The duration of the project proposed to NSF should match the duration of the counterpart project proposed to the other funding organization(s).
  5. 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.
  6. 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, stating the anticipated scientific benefits of the interaction and not to exceed 2 pages. Within these 2 pages the plans for involving students, postdoctoral associates, and junior researchers in general in the international research activities must be clearly described and appropriate resources must be allocated in the budget request for this purpose.
  7. The Biographical Sketches section must include biographical sketches or curriculum vitae of the foreign senior investigators, 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Other Budgetary Limitations: Budgets cannot include funds for subawards to non-US institutions.

C. Due Dates

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

         November 14, 2012

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 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, 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.

Additional Solicitation Specific 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. 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. Information about proposals will be shared between participating organizations as appropriate. In the case of a joint, single review process as with the DFG in Germany, the proposals and their reviews will be shared with the foreign funding organization. The participating funding organizations understand NSF confidentiality policy regarding proposals and reviews. Coordinated support will be arranged for successful proposals by the participating organizations.

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.

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.

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. Information about proposals will be shared between participating organizations as appropriate. In the case of a joint, single review process as with the DFG in Germany, the proposals and their reviews will be shared with the foreign funding organization. The participating funding organizations understand NSF confidentiality policy regarding proposals and reviews. Coordinated support will be arranged for successful proposals by the participating organizations. 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.

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.

More comprehensive information on NSF Reporting Requirements 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.

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:

  • Michael J. Scott, 1065N, telephone: (703) 292-4771, email: mjscott@nsf.gov

For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:

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.


Contacts in Africa:

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
Chairman: Professor Raphael M. Munavu
Hon. Secretary General: Prof. Ratemo Michieka
P.O.  Box 30197-00100 GPO Nairobi
boaduda@uonbi.ac.ke

TUNISIA

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Prof. Manef Abderrabba
National Coordinator of Materials Sciences
Tel: +216 71 740 048 , Cell: +216 98 64 30 10
Fax: +216 71 746 551 ; manef.abderrabba@ipest.rnu.tn;
manef@ecopark.rnrt.tn

Contacts in the America:

BRAZIL (São Paulo)

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
http://www.fapesp.br/en
Mr. Alexandre Roccatto
Director for Engineering and Natural Sciences
email: chamada-fapesp-nsf-mwn@fapesp.br;

CHILE

Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)
http://www.conicyt.cl/
Catalina Palma Herrera
International Liaison, Joint Research Projects
International Relations Department
Fono: (56-2) 435 4304 / 562-365 4421
Fax: (56-2) 435 4313
email: cpalma@conicyt.cl

MEXICO

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)
Margarita Irene Calleja Y Queved
Directora de Investigación Aplicada
Av. Insurgentes Sur 1582, 6° piso ala Sur
Colonia Crédito Constructor, Benito Júarez,
México, D.F. 03940
Tel. (55) 5322 7700 Ext. 6200
mcalleja@conacyt.mx

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
Directorate-General for Science and Technology
Directorate for International Cooperation, Programs and Projects of the European Union
Donje Svetice 38
10000 Zagreb, Hrvastska, Croatia
Marija Crnic, Senior Adviser
Tel: +385 1 4594 353; Fax: +385 1 4594 316; marija.crnic@mzos.hr

FINLAND

Academy of Finland: Research Council for Natural Sciences & Engineering
http://www.aka.fi/ (also http://www.research.fi)
P.O. Box 131, FIN - 00531 Helsinki
Dr. Jan Bäckman, Science Adviser
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. Isabelle Morelon; Tel: +33 1 78 09 80 54;
Nakita.vodjdani@agencerecherche.fr
Dr. Jean-Pierre Chevalier; Tel: +33 1 78 09 81 14;
jean-pierre.chevalier@agencerecherche.fr

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 28/8 85-2351; michael.moessle@dfg.de
Other German Organizations
Will be coordinated through Dr. Michael Moessle
See: http://www.dfg.de/dfg_profil/im_internationalen_kontext/dachorganisationen
_verbuende/materials_world_network/index.html


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 7702822, +30 210 7458113; fax: +30 210 7714153; kvavasi@gsrt.gr

ITALY

Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche (CNR)
http://www.dmd.cnr.it/
Via dei delle Taurini 19, 00185 Rome, Italy
Dr. Antonella Tajani
Tel : +39 06 4993 7402 ; Mobile : +39 366 671 95 48
Antonella.tajani@cnr.it

LUXEMBOURG

Fonds National de la Recherche
6, rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, P.O. Box 1777
L-1017 Luxembourg-Kirchberg
Mrs. Christiane Kaell, Senior Program Manager
Tel: 00352-261925-34, christiane.kaell@fnr.lu

POLAND

Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Centre, Poland)
Ul. Królewska 57
30-081 Kraków, Poland
Anna Plater-Zyberk, International Relations Officer
Tel: 00 48 12 341 90 28, Anna.Plater@ncn.gov.pl

ROMANIA

Executive Agency for Higher Education,Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Mendeleev Street, No: 21-25 Bucharest, Romania
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, Head Expert, International Relations Department
Tel: 7 (495) 938-56-24; Fax: 7 (495) 938-54-56; prokhor@rfbr.ru

SLOVENIA

Slovenian Researh Agency (ARRS)
http://www.arrs.gov.si/en/dobrodoslica.asp
Bleiweisova cesta 30, 100 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Primož Pristovšek
Head of Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation
Tel./Fax: +386-(0)1-400 5971/5;primoz.pristovsek@arrs.si

SPAIN

Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

http://www.mineco.es/
C/Albacete, 5
28027 Madrid - SPAIN
Dr. Rocío Lansac; Tel +34-91-603-77-54; rocio.lansac@mineco.es
Prof. Jacobo Santamaria ; Tel +34-91-394-43-67 ; jacsan@fis.ucm.es

THE
NETHERLANDS

Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)
http://www.fom.nl/
Postbus 3021, 3502 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Erik Kreiter, Program Officer
Tel: +31-30-6001217, Fax: +31-30-6014406
erik.kreiter@fom.nl

TURKEY

TUBITAK
http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/
Tunus Caddesi No. 80, 06100 Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey
Ms. Elif Özkaragöz, (MES)
Scientific Programs Expert
EU FP7 International Cooperation Activities (INCO) National Contact Point
International Cooperation Department-Bilateral and Multilateral Relations Division
Tel: +90 312 468 53 00 ext. 2760; Fax: +90 312 427 74 83
elif.ozkaragoz@tubitak.gov.tr
uidb@tubitak.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

Contacts in Asia:

CHINA

National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
http://www.nrf.re.kr
201 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-754, Republic of Korea
Dr. Kexin Chen, Division of Inorganic Non-Metallic Materials
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.

KOREA

National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
http://www.nrf.re.kr
201 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-754, Republic of Korea
Kim Deug Joong, Ph.D.
Director of Division of Engineering
Tel: +82 42 869 6505, Fax: +82 42 869 6536;
E-mail: kimdj@nrf.re.kr

JAPAN

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/index.html
Mr. Kiyoshi Saito, Head, Research Cooperation Division I
International Program Department
8 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. Shoji Kukita, Director General
Technological Development Promotion Department
Tel. 81-44-520-5170; takakurahdk@nedo.go.jp

 

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/
Mr. Motohide Seya, Director
Department of Research Projects
K's Goban-cho, 7, Goban-cho
Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0076, Japan
Tel: 81-3-3512-3528; Fax: 81-3-3222-2068; kokusai@jst.go.jp

TAIWAN

National Science Council
http://web.nsc.gov.tw/
21F, 106 Ho-Ping E. Rd. Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan 10636 
Prof. Dr. Willis T. Lin, Director General,
Department of International Cooperation
Tel:  886-2-2737-7558; linwt@nsc.gov.tw
Ms. Jennifer Hu, Program Director
Tel: 886-2-2737-7560; jenhu@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

Catalyzing New International Collaborations, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12815&org=OISE&from=home

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/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

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To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov

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