Research Management Group (RMG)

NSF 14-544 Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

***Limited funding opportunity for Stanford faculty with PI eligibility. An internal selection process is required for proposals for which Stanford will be the lead organization. Note: Stanford may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which Stanford is not the lead organization.****

Internal Dean of Research Office deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014, 12 noon (see the internal submission guidelines below)
NSF application deadline: June 16, 2014

# of applicants: 1 (if Stanford is the lead organization)*
*An academic institution – a university, or a campus in a multi-campus university -- may submit no more than one (1) proposal on which it is the lead organization in response to this solicitation. The same organization may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. A proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is requested, with the managing principal investigator from the lead organization and subawards administered by the lead organization to any other participating organizations.


Amount of funding:

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, depending on the quality of submissions and pending the availability of funds. Anticipated date of awards: September 2014.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a third 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.

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.

Required Themes

The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT). Proposals submitted to this program must address at least one, and preferably more than one, of the following interconnected themes:

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.

Internal Submission Guidelines

Only submit an internal proposal if Stanford is going to be the LEAD organization for the application.

(Reminder: Stanford may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. You do not have to submit an internal proposal if another organization is taking the lead.)

By Monday, April 28, 2014, 12 noon, please send one PDF containing the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Limited Submission Program Coordinator, Vice Provost and Dean of Research Office
Funding Opportunity Administrator, Research Management Group,

You do not have to generate a PDRF form or submit your internal proposal through your institutional representative.

1) Title Page
Name of this RFA: NSF 14-544 Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SMN)
Project title:
Identify the theme(s) your proposal will address
PI name, appointment, department, address, phone, email
Collaborative Partner(s) PI: name, appointment, department, phone, email

2) Proposal 3-4 pages (Single spaced)
To the extent possible, describe your proposal and include:

3) PI, Co-PI biosketches

Selection Process

Your proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of Research Office internal review committee chaired by Dr. John Brauman.



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