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The National Science Foundation is requesting proposals to create a national Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). The Center will address interactions of naturally derived, incidental, and engineered nanoparticles and nanostructured materials, devices and systems (herein called "nanomaterials") with the living world. For the purpose of this solicitation, nanomaterials have at least one dimension with a length of approximately 1 to 100 nm.

Essential elements of this Center will include understanding the interactions of nanomaterials with organisms, cellular constituents, metabolic networks and living tissues, understanding environmental exposure and bioaccumulation and their effects on living systems, and determining the biological impacts of nanomaterials dispersed in the environment. The Center may also include the development of methods and instrumentation for the detection and characterization of nanomaterials. A multidisciplinary research approach involving the biological, chemical, physical, computational, mathematical, social and behavioral sciences will be needed to understand the fundamental processes associated with the interaction of nanomaterials with the environment and living systems. This Center is expected to interact with other Nanotechnology Science and Engineering Centers as appropriate.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, October 12, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should provide brief summaries of the following: 1) major research goals for understanding the bioaccumulation of nanomaterials and their effects on living systems; understanding the interactions of nanomaterials with cellular constituents, metabolic networks and living tissues; and determining the biological impacts of nanomaterials dispersed in the environment; 2) plans for student participation in the Center’s interdisciplinary research; 3) plans for collaboration with industry, government laboratories and agencies, non-governmental organizations, users of research outcomes, and/or Nanotechnology Science and Engineering Centers.


Up to $5,000,000/year for five years. One award will be given.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

Required Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: December 10, 2007
Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 17, 2008
(Full proposals may ONLY be submitted by invitation from NSF.)

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life, physical, social and behavioral science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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