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National Science Foundation

Limited Submission Program: This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  An academic institution (a university, or a campus in a multi-campus university) submit no more than one 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.

PI Eligibility:  Principal investigators must be at the faculty level or equivalent.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: One (1)

This solicitation focuses on five high-risk/high-reward research and education themes, four focusing on nanomanufacturing and the fifth on societal issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the associated increasing use of nanoscalematerials, devices, and systems. All proposals, regardless of the theme or themes under which they are submitted, should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those obstacles. The scientific and technical barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, and yield should be addressed in the proposal.

  • Novel Processes and Techniques for Continuous and Scalable Nanomanufacturing
  • Directed Self-Assembly Processes for the High-Rate Production of Heterogeneous Nanostructures
  • Fundamental Scientific Research in Well-Defined Areas that are Compellingly Justified as Critical Roadblocks to Scale-Up
  • Principles and Design Methods for Machines and Processes to Manufacture Nanoscale Structures, Devices and Systems
  • Societal, Environmental and Educational Implications of the Large-Scale Production and Use of Nanomaterials, Devices and Systems

Proposals that incorporate elements of more than one theme are welcome. Given NSF's strong focus on developing the infrastructure for nanoscale science and engineering, all proposals should address integration of research and education, including course development appropriate to the nature of the project. Collaborations between research universities and community colleges to provide curricula and research experiences to educate the future nanomanufacturing workforce are particularly encouraged.

NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, or the development of products for commercial marketing or market research for a particular project or invention. Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant programs divisions and directorates.

Principal Investigators should ensure that their proposed project does not substantially overlap with ongoing federally-funded research. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation may be shared by NSF with other federal agencies, including (but not limited to) the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, and the Intelligence Community. Reviews, including panel summaries, if applicable, may also be shared. The reasons for sharing these proposals and reviews include potential co-funding as well as avoiding duplication of federal funding for a particular research project. If the PI or awardee organization does not wish the proposal to be shared with a particular federal agency or agencies for funding purposes, they should provide a Single Copy Document with the proposal stating which federal funding agencies should be excluded. No explanations for exclusion are required.

March 25, 2013: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

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April 1, 2013:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one to three page research plan summary, bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M PIs may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

April 22, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

June 3, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.