February 5, 2007
Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM)
The goal of the Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics (UBM) activity is to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and mathematical sciences and to better prepare undergraduate biology or mathematics students to pursue graduate study and careers in fields that integrate the mathematical and biological sciences. The core of the activity is long-term research experiences for interdisciplinarily balanced teams of at least two undergraduates. Projects should focus on research at the intersection of the mathematical and biological sciences. Projects should provide students exposure to contemporary mathematics and biology, addressed with modern research tools and methods. That is, projects must be genuine research experiences rather than rehearsals of research methods. Projects must involve students from both areas in collaborative research experiences and include joint mentorship by faculty in both fields. In addition, it is expected that projects will strengthen the research and education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the participating institutions. To this end, projects should create models for education in the mathematical and biological sciences and influence the direction of academic programs for a broad range of students. UBM is a joint effort of the Education and Human Resources (EHR), Biological Sciences (BIO), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorates at NSF. Research activities should focus on areas funded by the Division for Mathematical Sciences and the Directorate for Biological Sciences. NSF does not normally support bioscience research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals. Within this context, there is room for a variety of activities, ranging from undergraduate research participation, through curriculum and faculty development, as well as internships outside the academic institution. The program encourages collaborations that bring together biological and mathematical scientists from associate, baccalaureate, masters, or Ph.D. granting institutions, minority serving institutions, national and regional organizations, and that may involve industrial or government laboratories. Opportunities for partnering across institutions and for developing international collaborations are welcome.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: NSF anticipates making 6 to 9 standard grants, including 2 to 3 institutional awards and 4 to 6 group awards. The anticipated funding amount is $3.3 million in FY 2007, pending the availability of funds. The duration of projects may be up to five years (for Institutional projects), or up to three years (for Group projects), and NSF strongly encourages projects of these durations. Total award sizes for Institutional projects should not exceed an average of $200,000 per year. Total award sizes for Group projects should not exceed $80,000 per year. Cost sharing is not required by NSF. An administrative allowance, limited to 25 percent of the participant support stipend amount only, is allowed for UBM awards as partial reimbursement of indirect costs.
APPLICANT INFORMATION: The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are eligible to submit proposals under this program solicitation. PLEASE NOTE: Only undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions can be supported with NSF funds. NOTE: Foreign researchers at U.S. institutions may be able to apply for this award through their institution. Contact the program officer for details.
Posted by sharum at 10:37 AM
February 28, 2006
Tectonics Program - Emerging Fields, Interdisciplinary, International Collaboration
Tectonics Program, Division of Earth Sciences, NSF
The Tectonics Program is part of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). EAR provides funding for the conduct of research in most areas of the solid-earth and surface-terrestrial sciences. The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the evolution and deformation of continental lithosphere through time. Proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics, geodesy, and other geophysical techniques. The Tectonics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any relevant area, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Where appropriate, proposals may be considered for joint support with other programs in EAR or with other Divisions at NSF. In some cases, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross-disciplinary boundaries before submission.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Anticipated funding is $9.2 million, annually. The estimated number of awards is 40 to 50 standard or continuing grants per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Cost sharing is not required by NSF in proposals submitted under this program solicitation.
Posted by sharum at 10:57 AM
February 16, 2006
Nanotechnology for Undergraduate Education - international collaboration encouraged
International, collaborative, and interdisciplinary
ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED: Teaching or Curric/Prog Development
LAST REVIEWED: 02/15/2006
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND REQUIRED: Doctorate/Equiv Professional
CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED: U.S. Citizens
Permanent U.S. Residents
AGENCY TYPE: U.S. Federal Government
DEADLINES ANNOUNCED: 05/16/2006
The Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate education. The focus is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the social, economic, and ethical issues that surround nanotechnology. NUE projects are intended to enable individuals, departments, programs, or campuses to integrate nanoscale science and engineering into their curricula. Integration could take the form of a new course or courses, or modification of existing courses so that a substantial portion of the course content is based on nanoscale science and engineering. Integration could include a module or modules in courses that focus on issues of environmental or social change and new developments in nanoscale science and engineering, or a new course or series of courses that include those focuses. Proposals involving any part of the undergraduate curriculum are eligible. International collaborations that advance the underlying NUE goals and strengthen U.S. activities are encouraged. NUE emphasizes new approaches to undergraduate education through interdisciplinary collaborations.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: It is estimated that about 8-10 standard grants with a total of $2 million will be awarded pending the availability of funds. Each award will be a maximum amount of $200,000 for two years.
Posted by sharum at 11:58 AM
January 31, 2006
NATO Calloborative grants w/Europe
North Atlantic Treaty Organizaton (NATO)
Security Through Science Program
Collaborative Linkage Grants
Collaborative Linkage Grants (CLGs) provide opportunities for collaboration on research projects to members of research teams in universities or research institutions in countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Mediterranean Dialogue. Only CLGs in the security-related Priority Research Topics will be supported. Priority research topics are: 1) Scientific Collaboration for Defence against Terrorism which includes: rapid detection of chemical, biological, radiological nuclear (CBRN) agents and weapons, and rapid diagnosis of their effects on people; novel and rapid methods of detection (e.g., chemical and biosensors, multisensor processing, gene chips); physical protection against CBRN agents; decontamination of CBRN agents; destruction of CBRN agents and weapons (e.g., chemical and vaccine technologies); medical countermeasures; explosive detection; eco-terrorism countermeasures; and computer terrorism countermeasures. 2) Scientific Collaboration to Counter Other Threats to Security which includes: environmental security (e.g., desertification, land erosion, pollution, etc.); water resources management; management of non-renewable resources; modeling sustainable consumption (e.g., food, energy, materials, fiscal measures and environmental costings); disaster forecast and prevention; food security; information security; and human and societal dynamics (e.g. new challenges for global security, economic impact of terrorist actions, risk assessment, mangement of science, science policy, security-related political science, and international relations in general).
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Funds are given mainly to cover the costs incurred in visits to the collaborating teams abroad by the Investigators. Such visits should be of short duration, and in any case no longer than two months. An award provides support for between one and two years. Amounts awarded are normally, for example, between 5,000 EURO for one year of collaboration for two or three scientists, or a maximum of 23,000 EURO for two years' collaboration for five research teams.
Posted by sharum at 1:47 PM