NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) 2014

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Physical Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date: March 28, 2014
Subject: NSF-Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) FY 2014


{excerpt}Nominations are due at the Graduate School on April 11, 2014
Deadline for internal competition is TBD{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a fourth year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611).
Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanodevices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the scalable nanomanufacturing program is on research to overcome the key scientific and technological barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices and systems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within environmental, health and safety guidelines. Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  • A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  • A clearly identified set of research issues for science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the production of high quality nano-enabled products at low cost; and
  • A compelling research plan with clear research objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT).  Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale structures and their assembly/integration into higher order systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing. While not required, the involvement of an industrial partner or partners is strongly encouraged and has the potential to significantly strengthen a proposal.

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. NSF expects to fund approximately 5-8 awards in FY 2014.


UW-Madison may submit 1 proposal.  UW may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead.


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

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu with "NSF SNM" by April 11, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

  • name and contact information for the PI
  • list of possible participants and affiliations
  • a brief description (two to three sentences) of the proposed project.

PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.

The NSF-SNM program solicitation will provide detailed proposal preparation and submission instructions. For the project selected, a complete 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. Full proposals are due by June 16, 2014, 5 pm CDT.

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