The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) will reach its ten year authorized award life at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The National Science Foundation is announcing in this solicitation an open competition to establish a Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NG NNIN) for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.
NNIN has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through NSF support of a national network of university-based user facilities. These facilities have provided open access to leading-edge nanotechnology fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise for users across the nation from academia, small and large industry, and government. The core mission of NNIN has included national-level education and outreach programs to enable a diverse science and engineering workforce, the study of societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology including issues of environment, health, and safety, as well as important modeling and simulation capabilities.
The new competition for the NG NNIN will build on the concept of NNIN with a much broadened scope and user base. Support is being provided by all NSF Directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering as an integral part of the NSF investment in Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
An institution may not be included in more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 1 NSF plans to support a single national network.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $16,000,000 Approximately $16,000,000 will be available annually in this competition to fund the network for each year of the five-year award duration, subject to the availability of funds. An award will be in the form of a cooperative agreement made directly with the lead institution. An individual institution within the network is limited to receiving a maximum of $2,500,000 per year for support of its facility. The lead institution may request funds beyond this limit for coordinated network purposes of management, outreach, and related activities. The initial award commitment will be for five years and may be renewed once for an additional five years, subject to external merit review. Recompetition will be required after ten years. The size of an award will depend on the plans and capabilities of the proposed network.
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