Limited Submission Programs - NSF - EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis
OSP Deadline 03/13/13
Funding Agency Deadline

03/18/13

Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: This solicitation is jointly sponsored between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) to encourage synergistic research activities and to enhance cooperation among the chemical sciences, materials research, geosciences, engineering, and biomedical and public health communities. The agencies jointly issue the solicitation, but will separately fund awards for Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS).

Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis are groups of two or more researchers working in trans-disciplinary fields to promote the development of safe and sustainable chemicals as well as safe and sustainable synthetic procedures. For this solicitation, "chemicals" refers broadly to any and all materials, inorganic and organic compounds, and individual chemicals or mixtures of chemicals (e.g., endocrine disruptors, chlorofluorocarbons, transition metal-based catalysts, macromolecules, and nanomaterials). Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to result in chemicals that are safer and more sustainable throughout their life cycle and thus, the replacement of rare, toxic, and expensive chemicals with earth abundant, benign, and renewable alternatives is anticipated. The Networks will facilitate safe design strategies, processes, and pathways (including catalytic pathways) that consume less fresh water, generate less waste, and use less energy than current practice. These new approaches will minimize hazards that arise not only from chemical structure and intended use, but also from their synthesis, production, consumption, reuse, and disposal.

Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NSMDS projects. Networks will develop strong mentoring and training activities (which include broadening participation elements) for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates. Other educational activities, such as informal science communication and the education of K-12 students or the public, are encouraged. Where appropriate, intellectual property protection and a proactive plan to engage industry in technology transfer is encouraged.

It is expected that research teams in the NSMDS awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLC) solicitation (see: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504811). The researchers working in these two network groups are expected to conduct complementary research and; thus, will benefit from interaction with each other at annual EPA All-Investigators Meetings (also known as progress reviews).

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

Eligibility

 

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1) submission

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The bio sketch/CV of the UT PI.
Each college may submit no more than one (1) nomination for consideration.
Notes

PI INSTRUCTIONS

NSMDS proposals should reflect the research interests of two or more investigators in keeping with the scope of the research activities proposed.

An investigator may participate (as a PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel) in only one proposal submitted to this competition. The investigator must be affiliated with an eligible organization.

An investigator may participate (as a PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel) in only one proposal submitted to this competition. If an individual is listed as PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel on multiple proposals, all of the proposals including this individual will be deemed ineligible for the competition and returned without review.

Note to Potential Applicants

Internal review documents do not reflect the applications requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance

Drs. Mike Krische, Jennifer Brodbelt, Andrew Ellington, and Keith Stevenson, College of Natural Sciences

Posting Date 12/26/12