University of Southern California


NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) NSF 12-544

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a second year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future ( Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to produce relatively small quantities of nanomaterials and devices, the emphasis of this program is 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).

This solicitation focuses on five high-risk/high reward research and education themes, four focusing on nanomanufacturing and the fifth on societal issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the associated increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems.
Proposals submitted to this program must address at least one, and preferably more than one, of the following interconnected themes:
The five themes focused on are:
• Novel Processes and Techniques for Continuous and Scalable Nanomanufacturing
• Directed Self-Assembly Processes for the High-Rate Production of Heterogeneous
• Fundamental Scientific Research in Well-Defined Areas that are Compellingly Justified
• Principles and Design Methods for Machines and Processes to Manufacture Nanoscale Structures, Devices and Systems
• Long-Term Societal and Educational Implications of the Large-Scale Production and Use of Nanomaterials, Devices and Systems.

Program Information:
Institutional Limit: One proposal as the lead organization.

Internal: 4/19/2012
Full Proposal: 6/4/2012

Nomination Process
Interested faculty should contact their school’s dean of research who coordinates the first step in the internal selection process. Faculty are typically asked to submit, at a minimum, a CV or biosketch, as well as a single-page proposal summary to their research dean. Individual schools’ deadlines are in advance of the internal deadline posted above. Check with your school prior to our internal deadline for details concerning the nomination process.