The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of the Navy would
like to call your attention to an opportunity for supplemental funding
available within the area of nanotechnology for existing grant holders
in the NIRT and NSEC programs.
NSF and the Navy jointly encourage proposals to fund students to participate
in the jointly-funded NSF-Navy Civilian Service (NNCS) Fellowship-Scholarship
Program. This program seeks students at the bachelors, masters, or doctoral
level in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who wish
to commit a portion of their careers to serve at a navy R&D center.
The NNCS program has three goals. The program seeks to foster the production
of a diverse additional group of US citizen STEM professionals with advanced
degrees to secure the economic future of the nation. The program also
seeks to foster stronger ties between the university research community
and the Navy in order to apply the latest research in a more timely fashion.
Finally, the program seeks to ensure the future of the research enterprise
of the US Navy by providing new pathways for talented STEM professionals
to enter careers at navy R&D centers.
This program seeks partnerships between navy R&D Centers and university
NIRT and NSEC research groups. The university PI is responsible for partnering
with a navy R&D center with an interest in similar research projects.
The supplemental funding will provide up to two years of fellowship/scholarship
support plus a cost of education allowance for eligible students to work
in the PI’s university lab. The students will be expected to work
on a research topic under the direction of the PI on a problem of mutual
interest to the PI and the navy R&D center. At the completion of their
degrees, the students will be expected to go to work at a navy R&D
center as civilian employees for one year for each year of support they
The navy R&D center will be expected to provide at a minimum co-mentorship
of the students (for graduate students, the navy mentor should serve on
the student’s thesis committee), and opportunities for the student
to take a position at the navy R&D center of the mentor. Navy R&D
center personnel participating in this program (center mentors) are to
interact with the student and play an active role in the development of
a student’s research project and its execution. It is expected that
a student will spend some portion of each calendar year working at the
collaborating center via a summer internship or similar arrangement.
In addition to funding for students, the PI will receive the opportunity
for close interaction with colleagues at Navy research facilities, opportunities
for funded professional development, and the institution may receive compensation
for administrative time spent on the award. Preference will be given to
proposals with more comprehensive or innovative plans for the professional
development of the student. For undergraduate students, integration of
the research work with the student’s curriculum is encouraged. A
plan for a strong effort to recruit a highly qualified and diverse pool
of students should be included in the proposal.
It is expected that grantee institutions will provide the infrastructure
to recruit and support students, so that a sufficient number of fellowship/scholarship
recipients will graduate. Such an infrastructure might include, for example:
- Recruitment of students, with special consideration to groups underrepresented
in STEM fields (i.e., women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons
- Academic support and mentoring to support students in making progress
toward the degree and to prepare students for the workplace;
- Mechanisms to ensure retention of fellowship and scholarship recipients
to degree completion.
NSF’s Fastlane system should be used to prepare and submit these
requests for supplemental funding (http://www.fastlane.gov).
The Supplemental Funding Request can be accessed by the PI through the
“Awards and Status” function, under the “Award and Reporting”
functions. The PI should complete the Budget, Justification for Supplement,
and Supplementary Docs sections of the Supplemental Funding Request according
to the guidelines below.
In the Justification for Supplement, awardee institutions are expected
to clearly articulate management and administrative plans for the following
- Verification of scholarship candidates' eligibility, including the
recipients' academic merit, eligibility for security clearance (see
below), and enrollment in a nanotechnology-related program.
- Provision of scholarship amounts to be used for expenses normally
incurred by full-time students in the institution, including tuition,
room and board, and equipment. These shall be included in Participant
- Provision of academic-year stipends at the levels specified below.
- Provisions for tracking the academic progress of students to determine
their continued eligibility throughout the academic part of the program.
- Evaluation of program outcomes.
The Justification for Supplement should not exceed 8 pages.
The ONR will provide assistance in identifying potential partners within
the naval research enterprise. Proposals should include a letter of support
from the partner navy R&D center indicating a willingness to participate
in the Supplementary Docs section.
Eligibility and Stipend:
Eligible undergraduate students will be US citizen juniors or seniors
eligible for security clearance with a GPR of 3.0/4.0 or greater. Eligible
graduate students will be US citizens eligible for clearance and ready
to commence full-time research, having passed any required entrance exams
and completed most or all of any required course work, and be involved
in projects of mutual interest to their advisors and the Navy. The award
amounts will be:
Actual cost of tuition, fees, room, board and books.
These costs should be included in the budget as participant support.
The Navy will administer the contracts with the students and ensure compliance
with service requirements. Undergraduate or masters students who complete
their degrees while enrolled in the program will be allowed to apply to
remain in the program while pursuing a more advanced degree.
Eligibility for Clearance:
After the award is made to the university, students recruited into the
program must demonstrate to the Navy eligibility for clearance. The student
must provide a vita and proof of United States citizenship to the Navy.
A copy of a state birth certificate or passport will suffice. All students
will be expected to sign a contract indicating a willingness to provide
one year of full time service as a civilian employee of the Navy following
the completion of their degree for each year of support they receive.
Failure to provide the required service will require the student to repay
the full amount of the stipend and tuition assistance received.
Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:
No indirect costs may be charged on these supplements, but proposers may
request up to 10 percent of the total participant support budget to address
the management and administrative costs associated with operating the
program and may request up to 5 percent of the total participant support
budget to address curriculum, laboratory, and faculty development in support
of the program.
The Office of Naval Research will cover the budget for the participation
of mentors at the partnering naval facility.
A Panel of NSF /Navy staff will review the proposals
The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2004. Awards will be made
by July 15, 2004.
We anticipate that we will fund 4-7 supplements for two years at an award
size not to exceed $250,000. The anticipated funding amount for the NNCS
Fellowship/Scholarship program is $1,000,000 for FY 2004 awards, depending
upon quality of proposals and availability of funds.
Potential PIs are encouraged to contact Dan Stanzione (email@example.com,
703-292-8121) at NSF to discuss details of the program. Those seeking
help with identifying potential Navy partners should contact Bob Kavetsky
We look forward to reviewing innovative and competitive proposals.
Assistant Director, Directorate of Engineering
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