Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) program on collaborative research and education in scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. The emphasis of this program is on research that supports the identification and demonstration of nanomanufacturing processes with high potential to scale to economically and industrially relevant production levels. The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT). Proposals must address at least one, and preferably more than one, of the following interconnected themes:

  • Novel processes and techniques for continuous and scalable nanomanufacturing;
  • Directed (physical/chemical/biological) self-assembly processes leading to heterogeneous nanostructures with the potential for high-rate production;
  • Principles and design methods to produce machines and processes to manufacture nanoscale structures, devices and systems; and/or
  • Long-term societal and educational implications of the large-scale production and use of nanomaterials, devices and systems, including the life-cycle analysis of such nanomaterials, devices and systems.

Because MU may submit no more than one proposal on which it is the lead organization for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the theme(s) to be addressed (as listed above), 2) the targeted nanomanufacturing process and the path to eventual commercial viability, 3) the fundamental research area(s) and associated roadblocks to scale-up, 4) potential collaborations with industrial companies and anticipated outcomes, and 5) names of three MU personnel who would be qualified to serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Between $250,000 to $500,000 per year for four years, depending on the scope of the work proposed. The total request for each project, for all investigators and all organizations, may not exceed $2 million.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010

External Proposal Deadline:

January 10, 2011


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