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Funding opportunities at nsf

  • Individual Programs
    • Research, education, center programs
  • Priority Areas (Investment Areas for FY)
    • Cross-Programs and Cross-Directorates
  • Cross Disciplinary Areas
    • Cross-Programs and Cross-Directorates
  • Interagency Programs
    • NSF, and other government agencies

Award (grant) types

  • Individual Investigator Initiated Awards
  • CAREER Awards
  • Center Awards
  • SBIR/STTR awards
  • SGER awards
  • Supplements
  • Workshops, conferences

Nsf disciplines&Structure

  1. Biological Sciences (BIO)
  2. Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE)
  3. Education and Human Resources (EHR)
  4. Engineering (ENG)
    • Biomedical Engineering Program
  5. Geosciences (GEO)
  6. Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
  7. Social, Behavioral And Economic Sciences (SBE)
  8. Polar Programs
  9. Office of Cyberinfrastructure
  10. Office of International Science and Engineering
  11. Office of Integrative Affairs

Nsf-wide investment areas (fy 06)

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Biocomplexity in Environment
  • Human and Social Dynamics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Cyberinfrastructure

Nsf-wide investment areas (request for fy 07)

  • Biocomplexity in Environment
  • Climate Change Science Program
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Human and Social Dynamics
  • International Polar Year
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative
  • Networking Information Technology R&D

Nsf merit review criteria

  • Criteria include:
  • What is the intellectual merit and quality of the proposed activity?
  • What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

Potential Considerations:

  • 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 prior work.)
  • To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  • Is there sufficient access to resources?

What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

Potential Considerations:

  • How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training and learning?
  • How well does the 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?

Tips for successful proposal writing

Determine if your project is relevant to the program

  • Get in touch with the Program Director
  • Program Director:
    • Review Panels
    • Award/decline recommendation
    • Post management of the awards (progress report)
  • Follow the instructions posted by the agency
    • Format, sections, project plan
    • Agency’s Review Criteria (NSF Merit Review Criteria)
    • Priority Areas for the agency
  • Respond to a solicitation
    • Deadlines (pre-proposal, letter of intent, full proposal)
    • Additional review criteria and requirements
  • Read “successful” proposals of your colleagues
  • Have your proposal reviewed by collaborators or colleagues before submitting
  • Do not submit on the day of the deadline

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
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
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
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.
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
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
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
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
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
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.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
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.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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