Limited Submission: NSF 16-604 Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)

If you are interested in submitting a NSF 16-604 Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) proposal, send an abstract no more than three pages in length and a budget summary to by the internal deadline of Friday, December 2, 2016 at noon. Follow Illinois Tech’s guidelines for internal competitions available here.

Institutional Limit: One

Internal Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016 at noon

Full Proposal Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017

Synopsis of Program:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a seventh year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future.

Many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to synthesize small quantities of nanomaterials and nanostructures for characterization and evaluation and simple nanodevices for analysis and testing purposes. The emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is on research in new nano-scale manufacturing concepts and integration methods to realize complex integrated systems based on nanotechnology. The research will focus on overcoming the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the translation of laboratory-scale discoveries in nano-enabled integrated systems to an industrially relevant scale, reliably, affordably and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) guidelines. The goal of the SNM-IS solicitation is to study and formulate the fundamental principles of scalable nanomanufacturing and integration for nanotechnology-based integrated systems towards the eventual manufacture of useful nano-enabled products.

The SNM-IS solicitation is driven by the discovery of numerous new nanomaterials with unique properties (2D atomic layer, transition metal dichalcogenides, van der Waals heterostructures, perovskites, metal-organic frameworks, metamaterials, origami, etc.) in recent years and invention of many novel fabrication methods (nano additive manufacturing, strain engineering processing, bio-nanomanufacturing, etc.) to synthesize nanostructures with different geometries, ‘microstructures’ and functionalities. These nanomaterials and nanostructures need to be assembled into larger-scale components and devices, which, in turn, need to be integrated into higher-order subsystems and systems so novel and useful products can be made for a variety of applications in the areas of functional and structural materials, mechanics, optics, electronics, chemical, biomedical, catalysis, environmental, energy, sensing, security, defense, etc. Integration will need to be across material sets (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, hierarchical nanoparticles, etc.), across length-scales (molecular to nano to micro to meso to macro), and across function (mechanical, electrical, optical, chemical, biological, thermal, etc.) and across processes (top-down, bottom-up). Integration will involve the study and implementation of hybrid manufacturing and assembly processes and methods. The research will be driven by the need to understand and establish, among others, design rules for integrated systems, manufacturing and integration process and control models, and measurement science and technology. The desired outcome will be a nano-enabled integrated system that combines many different functions together to work as one entity and that is made up of component subsystems that are designed to perform in a unified manner.

This funding opportunity announcement is from the Illinois Tech Fund Searching Services Team (FSST).


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