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NanoHealth and Safety Center Proposals

CNSE-ISMI NanoHealth & Safety Center

Call for Proposals

Abstract submission: July 21 – September 7
Full proposal submission: September 1 – October 31
Earliest funding start: January 1, 2012
Funding cycle: 1 year

The NanoHealth and Safety Center (NSC) is a collaborative effort between SEMATECH, its subsidiary, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative, Inc. (ISMI), and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany that is dedicated to the development and implementation of innovative protocols, reagents and procedures to conserve resources and to promote health and safety (EHS) in the nanoelectronics and nanomaterials associated industries.

Research Focus Areas
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Resource Utilization & Green Manufacturing


Abstract submission:

Abstracts are limited to one page (excluding references), using at least a 11-point font, and must be submitted by e-mail as a single pdf file by September 7, 2011 (deadline of 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT).

Abstracts must include:

  • Project title
  • Research focus area
  • Investigator(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Telephone number and e-mail address
Please address the following topics in your abstract:
  • Context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed
  • Rationale: value in terms of industry needs for semiconductor or nanomaterials associated sectors.
  • Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge beyond the state-of-the-art 
  • Approach: strategy for addressing the problem 
  • Results: anticipated output of a successful effort 
  • Engagement: how you now or will plan to interact with ISMI member companies 
  • Funding: a per-year approximation of overall funding requirements (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time). Please scope proposed research funding up to $150K per project (12 months)
  • Students: typical funded proposals will support 1-2 full time students per project
  • Background Intellectual Property: the extent, if any, that the use of background intellectual property will be required in the conduct of the proposed research
Full proposal submission:

Full proposals are limited to six pages (excluding references), using at least an 11-point font, and must be submitted by October 31, 2011 (deadline of 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT).

Full proposals must include:
(Template will be provided; not included in page limit)
  • Project title
  • Investigator(s), affiliation(s), and contact information
  • Investigator(s) current biosketch (NIH format)
  • Timeline and deliverables
  • Detailed budget
Full proposals should be organized to include the following:
(Six page limit)
  • Specific aims/goals/objectives (1 page)
  • Background/significance
  • Innovation
  • Research methods/approach
  • Institutional support and resources
  • Future directions/impact
  • References (not included in the page limit)
Contract Awardees will be expected to:
  • Disclose blocking background intellectual property (any issues regarding blocking IP must be resolved before award of contract)
  • Update information about participating students 
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research for review by the program advisory committee.
  • Budget funds to participate in annual research reviews 
  • Provide annual reports and pre-defined deliverables 
  • Interact with NSC administrators and staff as requested
Selection process:

This call for proposals may be addressed by individual investigators or by research teams based at academic institutions with priority given to universities in New York State. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and prioritized by NSC. Successful abstract authors will be invited to submit full proposals from which contract awardees will be selected through a peer-review process to begin work as early as January 1, 2012. Projects funded for one cycle may apply for additional or continued funding in future cycles. Projects will be selected for funding based on quality, contribution to the NSC’s mission and goals, and available funds. The NSC may also elect to negotiate a project’s research scope or a team’s composition to meet funding or synergy goals.

Please direct all technical and programmatic questions by e-mail to: NSCprogram2012@albany.edu

Please send grant submissions by e-mail to: NSCgrantsubmission2012@albany.edu