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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) 2017

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:September 23, 2016
Subject:NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) NSF 16-604


Deadline for Internal Review:November 02, 2016

Project Description

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a 7th (seventh) year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future.

The Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is changed from the previous Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation in that the objective has shifted from research in large-scale manufacturing of single-component nanomaterials and nanostructures to investigations in scalable nanomanufacturing and integration of multi-component nano-enabled integrated systems. The emphasis is to frame proposals in the context of the realization of integrated systems for the eventual economic manufacture of demonstrably useful nano-enabled products in high volume or customized products in low volume, responsibly and safely. An integrated system is a system that combines different functions together to work as one entity. System integration is the process of assembling component subsystems such that the subsystems function together as a system.

Amount per Award: Awards will be in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years, depending on the scope of the work proposed. Grants may be awarded in a variety of sizes and durations. The total request for NSF funding for each project, for all investigators and all organizations, may not exceed $1,500,000.
Duration of Award: 4 Years
Number of Awards: 5 – 8 Awards


Principal Investigators must be at the faculty level or equivalent.

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 1 proposal.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

Project Summary (1 page):
The Project Summary consists of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity, each clearly labeled. Proposers must address specific barriers to manufacturability at large-scale or low-volume mass customization for a nano-based integrated system, indicate proposed process and integration methods to overcome these barriers, target specific integrated systems to demonstrate feasibility, and indicate the potential technological impact. The nature of the scalable nanomanufacturing and integration techniques, and the type of integrated system/s and potential applications will be used to assist in assignment of the proposal to the most appropriate review panel.

Project Description (3-5 pages):
Besides the fundamental research objectives and approaches to overcome the stated scalable nanomanufacturing and system-integration challenges, the project description should include a discussion of environmental, societal and education implications of the project and a management plan for coordinating project activities and attaining key project milestones. The proposal should describe the roles to be played by the participating organizations, the responsibilities of the managing PI, the activities of associated partners, and arrangements for the networking, exchange, and dissemination of data and the translation of results to organizations with experience in scale-up and integration to commercial scale. The managing PI must be from the lead organization. Details on the education, training, and any outreach activities planned as part of the project should be included. Opportunities for students to obtain novel research or educational experiences, any specific training activities or workshops should be considered.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NSF by January 13, 2017.