NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering 2014

To: Chairs, Departments in the Physical and Social Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: February 28, 2013
Subject: NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering

Deadlines:

{excerpt}Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Friday, March 15;
Deadline for internal competition is to be determined.
{/excerpt}
Project Description:
NUE in Engineering projects are intended to enable individuals, departments, programs, or campuses to integrate research advancements into their curricula. Integration could take the form of a new course or courses, or modification of existing courses such that a substantial portion of the course content is based on nanoscale engineering. Integration could include a module or modules in courses that focus on issues of environmental or social change and new developments in nanoscale engineering, or a new course or series of courses that include those focus areas. The projects should be evidenced-based and grounded in what is known about student learning. Proposals involving any part of the undergraduate engineering curriculum are eligible. International collaborations that advance the underlying NUE in Engineering goals and strengthen U.S. activities are encouraged.

NUE in Engineering emphasizes new approaches to undergraduate engineering education through interdisciplinary collaborations. These collaborations could lead to, but are not limited to:

A freshman course introducing the basic phenomena and processes at the nanoscale, the unifying principle of matter at the nanoscale, connections to other disciplines, and application areas of societal relevance;
New examples of undergraduate nanoscale engineering courses that are presented through the development of laboratory and demonstration experiments, manuals and other written materials, software, and web-based resources;
Development and dissemination of new teaching modules for nanoscale engineering of relevance to engineering education that can be used in existing undergraduate courses;
Incorporation of undergraduate research opportunities in nanoscale engineering into the curriculum at any level; and
Development of courses or curricular enhancements related to nanoscale engineering and technology and environmental or social change.
The lead PI must hold a faculty appointment within the School of Engineering.  The maximum award amount is $200,000 including indirect costs over a period of two years.

Eligibility:
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit as lead institution is limited to one.  A second proposal may be submitted if it is focused on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

Website:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13541/nsf13541.htm

This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of intent: Send an email message to gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu with "NSF NUE" by Friday, March 15, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

--PI name
--Title of proposal
--Partnering Organizations

PIs will be notified if an internal competition is needed.

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using FastLane or grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. The full proposal is due on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5 pm CDT.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or email gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu