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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility:
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.

Institutional Eligibility:
This solicitation is limited to Texas A&M University
and the proposals will need to be submitted by the Texas A&M University Research Services (TAMU-RS)

Preliminary proposals and invited full proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions that have research and degree-granting education programs in any area of research supported by NSF. The lead institution is expected to develop partnerships or arrangements with other universities/colleges, or other institutions such as national laboratories, research museums, private sector research laboratories, state and local government laboratories, and international collaborations as appropriate to enable the Center to attain its strategic goals.

Number of Proposals: 3
A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. The STC program will not provide support for more than one proposed Center from any one lead institution in this competition.

Objectives of the STC Program are to:

Support research and education of the highest quality in a Center-based environment in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts;

Exploit opportunities in science (including the social sciences), education, engineering and/or technology where the complexity of the research agenda requires the advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, duration, equipment, and facilities that a Center can provide;

Support innovative frontier investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or investigations that will lead to fresh approaches within disciplines;

Engage and develop the Nation's intellectual talent, including groups underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, in the conduct of research and education activities;

Promote organizational connections and linkages within and between campuses, schools and/or the world beyond (e.g., state, local, federal agencies, national labs, industry, international collaborations), capitalizing upon cyberinfrastructure to facilitate these linkages;

Focus on integrative learning and discovery and the preparation of U.S. students for a broad set of career paths; and

Foster science and/or engineering in service to society especially with respect to new research areas and promising new instrumentation and technologies.


February 11, 2011, 5:00 pm: 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

February 14, 2011, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  Include signatures of approval from your department head and college dean, to the Office of Research Development for review by the internal selection committee.

E-mail internal proposal to

February  21, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May 30, 2011: Deadline for the Preliminary proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

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