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2006 presentation in the Rice University NSF Advance Conference entitled “Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position”. This workshop was on obtaining grants, and was authored by Semahat Demir (NSF), Lydia Kavraki (Rice-CS, Rob Raphael (Rice-BIOE)and Joan Strassmann (Rice-EEB).

Workshop Authors: Semahat Demir, Lydia Kavraki, Rob Raphael and Joan Strassmann

Introduction

Lydia Kavraki, Ph.D.

Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science

Rice University

Slide 1: funding is important

  • You need to be prepared to address the issue in the long run
  • You need more than a great idea
  • You need to understand the logistics

Slide 2: funding - logistics

  • Identify a funding agency and learn everything you can about this agency (the web and your colleagues are good sources)
  • Understand what is the mechanism for submitting a proposal from your institution (“Office of Sponsored Research”)
  • Develop a time frame for writing and proofreading the proposal

Slide 3: funding opportunities

Slide modified from Kinney, Neptune and Wilson

Slide 4: your university

  • A proposal needs a budget and appropriate signatures
  • Lead time is typically required
  • Your colleagues can help you understand all that

Slide 5: time frame

  • Allow time for many drafts
  • Allow time for feedback
  • Allow extra time

Slide 6: funding is important

  • You need to be prepared to address the issue in the long run
    • How will you prepare yourself for the next grant?
  • You need more than a great idea
    • You need to be able to communicate and support your idea
  • You need to understand the logistics

Slide 7: do not let funding consume you

  • Your “growth” as a researcher is essential
  • Publish, collaborate, discuss your ideas, read, be brave and be prepared to fail

Slide 8: nsf, funding opportunities and successful proposal writing

Semahat Demir, Ph.D.

Program Director

Biomedical Engineering Program

National Science Foundation

Slide 9: outline

  • Overview of NSF
  • Different NSF Funding Opportunities
  • NSF’s Priority Areas (NSF-Wide Investment Areas)
  • NSF Merit Review Criteria
  • Tips for Successful Proposal Writing

Slide 10: nsf vision

  • NSF: Where Discovery Begins
    • Enabling the Nation’s future through discovery, learning and innovation.

Slide 11: nsf overview

  • Founded in 1950
  • An independent federal agency
  • Responsible for advancing science and engineering
  • Makes merit-based grants and cooperative agreements
    • Individual researchers and groups
    • Colleges, universities
    • Other institutions: public, private, state, local and federal
  • Does not operate laboratories
  • Peer-review and evaluation of 42,000 proposals (FY05) submitted by science and engineering research and education communities
    • 9,800 new awards (success rates are different for different programs)
    • 246,000 proposal reviews done

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
How can I make nanorobot?
Lily
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
how can I make nanorobot?
Lily
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
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