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47.041 Engineering Grants
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, Public Law 106-377, 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.
NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to improve the quality of life and the economic strength of the Nation by fostering innovation, creativity, and excellence in engineering education and research. Specifically, ENG enables the Nation's long- term capacity to perform by: (1) Investing in the creation of new engineering knowledge and the development of human capital within disciplines and at their interfaces; (2) making critical investments to enable an intelligent, agile and adaptable physical infrastructure for engineering education and research; (3) improving the quality and effectiveness of engineering education and research through the integration of and systemic reform of these processes; and (4) enabling knowledge transfer connections among diverse constituencies and communities. Areas of research include: tissue engineering; metabolic pathway engineering; bioinformatics; protein drug processing, fluid flow; combustion; heat transfer; fuel cells; sensors; integrated modeling of the behavior of materials and structures; civil infrastructure; structures and mechanical systems; engineering in geologic materials; reducing risks of natural and technological hazards; enterprise-level integration technologies; innovative design strategies; manufacturing processes and materials; production systems; microelectronic, nanoelectronic, micromagnetic, photonic, and electromechanical devices and their integration into circuits and microsystems; design and analysis of systems and the convergence of control, communications and computation; Engineering Research Groups; Engineering Research Centers; Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers; Engineering Education; Human Resources Development; cross cutting activities and special studies and analyses. Support is also provided for undergraduate student research, graduate research fellowships, research equipment and instrumentation, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Innovation and Organizational Change and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI). ENG also provides support for Foundation-wide programs including the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program and the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used for paying costs to conduct research, such as salaries and wages, equipment and supplies, travel, publication costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs. This program does not provide support for inventions, product development, marketing, pilot plant efforts, technical assistance, or research requiring security classifications.
Applicant Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities, nonprofit institutions, profit-making institutions including small businesses, State, and local government agencies and unaffiliated individuals.
Pre-application Coordination: None required for unsolicited proposals, but preliminary discussions with relevant National Science Foundation program officer, by telephone or mail, is encouraged if specific program information is needed. Special proposal competitions may specify preapplication requirements. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Cost-sharing may not apply to solicited proposals, or to conferences and symposia, publication, travel, or logistic support. A minimum cost-sharing of one- third of total costs is required for equipment grants. Some cost-sharing is also expected for Engineering Research Centers and Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers. The Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)(Chapter II) and the Grant Policy Manual (Sec. 330) provide additional information on the general NSF policy on cost-sharing. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a phased project program. Phase I is a feasibility study up to 6 months. Phase II is the principal research program for up to 24 months.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant program office at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period. Within 90 days after the expiration of a grant, the PI is required to submit a final project report. Quarterly Federal Cash Transaction Reports are required. Other reporting requirements may be imposed via the grant instrument.
Account Identification: 49-0100-0-1-251.
In fiscal year 2001, 7,480 proposals were received and 2,911 awards were made. In fiscal year 2002, approximately 7,800 proposals will be received and about 3,100 awards will be made, and in fiscal year 2003 approximately 7,800 proposals will be received and about 3,100 awards will be made.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
45 CFR Chapter VI; 48 CFR Chapter 25; "NSF Guide to Programs, Fiscal Year 2003," NSF 03-009 (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf03009); and "Grant Proposal Guide,"NSF 03-2, (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf032); selected solicitations include "Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STIR) Programs Phase I Solicitation," NSF 02-056; "Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)," NSF 02-111; "Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)," NSF 98-142; "Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)," NSF 01- 171. For descriptions of ENG program announcements, please check the following Electronic source: ENG Home Page on Internet World Wide Web (WWW). URL Address is: http://www.eng.nsf.gov/.
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) Design and Evaluation of Artificial Retina Device to Benefit the Visually Impaired. (2) Scalable Enterprise Systems. (3) Solid Modeling and its Applications (4) Free- Radical Reactions in Supercritical Fluids. (5) Engine Heat Transfer and Combustion Studies. (6) Signal Processing for Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Testing. (7) Enhanced Ultrafast X-Ray Generation using Pulse Shaping. (8) Accelerator-Based Fast Neutron Brachytherapy. (9) Undergraduate Research in Solid Freeform Materials and Technology. (10) Faculty Early Career Development: Developing Engineering Criteria for the Inclusion of Disabled Employees (DECIDE) in the Workplace. (11) Communication and Control of Integrated Manufacturing Systems. (12) SBIR Research: Thallium Bromide X-ray Photocathodes.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposals preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer’s discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal.