Seed Grant Program

Update: The deadline for 2018 proposals has passed. The Request for Proposals below is provided for reference only.

Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) – 2018 Seed Grant Program

Request for Proposals

I. Research Goals

Seed Grant Program

The Center requests proposals from Notre Dame faculty to promote interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and technology. Of particular interest are proposals that address important scientific questions and grand technical challenges, and proposals that advance a Notre Dame research vision. Proposals should be multidisciplinary, multi-PI, and address the evaluation criteria below.

II. Funding

The total available funding for this seed grant is $200k for one year. The aim is to support a graduate student or a fraction of a post doctoral researcher to enable a research collaboration. This means the $200k could support 4 projects at roughly $50k each, or fewer projects if the award amounts are higher.

III. Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (a) compelling motivation and research plan with clear objectives, (b) potential to transition to sustainable funding from external resources, (c) ability of the research to advance Notre Dame research in strategic directions, and (d) engagement of principal investigators (PIs) in NDnano and interest to shape Notre Dame research vision. Proposals that cross the Colleges of Science and Engineering are of special interest. Research proposals will be evaluated by a Steering Committee appointed by the Director. Steering Committee members will be recused from evaluation of proposals in which they are involved. Final decisions will be made in consultation with SRI (Strategic Research Investment) center directors.

IV. Proposers Meeting

An optional proposers meeting is scheduled for April 24, from Noon to 2:00 pm, in B01 McCourtney. At this meeting NDnano faculty will be invited to share their vision for Notre Dame research and time will be provided for networking and further discussion. Proposers do not have to be currently affiliated with NDnano, but PIs awarded seed grants will be expected to affiliate with NDnano and become active.

V. Proposal Format

1. Title page including PIs/co-PIs, department affiliations, and contact information
2. 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced (4 pages, excluding references and budget)
3. Include these sections: (a) Executive summary, (b) Background and motivation, (c) Proposed
research, goals, and plan, (d) Relationship to currently-funded projects or submitted proposals,
(e) Strategic vision for Notre Dame, and (f) Potential for further external funding.
4. 1-year budget with justification (1 page)

VI. Due Date

The proposals are due on May 31, 2018 by email to Heidi Deethardt, deethardt.1@nd.edu with funding decisions by June 30, 2018. Address questions to Alan Seabaugh, seabaugh.1@nd.edu.