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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.  The PI of the Cyber Platform proposal and the Node proposals must be tenured faculty members at the lead university of each proposal.

Institutional Eligibility
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Number of Proposals: 4 
One Cyber Platform proposal and up to three Node proposals may be submitted.

A university may submit only one Cyber Platform proposal. A university may submit only one proposal per Node request in this solicitation. Therefore, one university might submit one Cyber Platform proposal and up to three separate Node proposals, but only one to each Node.

NSF's NCN award expires in September 2012. Through this solicitation, NSF provides an opportunity for the broader community to compete to reconfigure the NCN. The configuration of the new Network for Computational Nanotechnology will be restructured as a stand alone Cyber Platform awardee, which will provide computation, simulation and educational services to the nanoscience and engineering communities, including the current nanoHUB tools and educational materials. This platform will be funded by one award to a single university. Linked to that platform will be three new Nodes that will develop new tools and content that will be delivered to Cyber Platform for worldwide dissemination. NSF will fund the Cyber Platform and these new Nodes through four separate awards, which will be joined through their respective cooperative agreements to constitute the new reconfigured NCN.

The goals of the reconfigured NCN will continue to be those of the original NCN to: 1) engage an ever-larger and more diverse cyber community sharing novel, high-quality nanoscale computation and simulation research and educational resources; 2) accelerate the transformation of nanoscience to nanotechnology through the integration of simulation with experimentation; 3) develop open-source software to stimulate data sharing; and 4) inspire and educate the next generation workforce.

The new content development Nodes will combine theory and experimentation to develop the computation and simulation tools, and educational materials for delivery on the Cyber Platform. The new content development Node areas will be:

  • NanoBIO - Create integrated computational tools to simulate biological phenomena across length scales, for the design of devices and systems; 
  • NanoMFG - Computation and simulation software to address the challenges of scaling up nanoscale in manufacturing; 
  • Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation Node (NEEDS) - Computation and simulation tools to facilitate the development of nanoelectronic-based circuits, devices, and systems.

November 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

November 30, 2011, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit an internal proposal. 

All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

December 5, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 16, 2011:  Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time).

January 17, 2012:  Deadline for the Full proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization.

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M University submissions.