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This information was compiled by Semahat Demir (NSF), Lydia Kavraki (CS), Rob Raphael (BIOE), and Joan Strassmann (EEB).

Funding is important – lydia kavraki (cs)

  • 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

Funding - logistics

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

1. funding opportunities

NIH - www.nih.gov

NSF - www.nsf.gov

  • Private Foundations
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) and other federal programs

NIDRR - The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

  • Miscellaneous Funding links
  • Industry
    • SBIR mechanism (NSF, NIH)
    • Direct Funding from Companies

*modified from Kinney, Neptune and Wilson]

2. your university

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

3. time frame

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

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

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

Nsf, funding opportunities and successful proposal writing – semahat demir (nsf)


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

Nsf vision

NSF: Where Discovery Begins

Enabling the Nation’s future through discovery, learning and innovation.


  • 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

Nsf support as a percent of total us federal support for academic basic research in selected fields

  • Physical Sciences: 40%
  • Engineering: 46%
  • Social Sciences: 52%
  • Environmental Sciences: 54%
  • Biology (excluding NIH): 66%
  • Mathematical Sciences: 77%
  • Computer Science: 86%

Questions & Answers

I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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?
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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