NSF: SNM - Scalable Nanomanufacturing

The Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is changed from the previous Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation in that the objective has shifted from research in large-scale manufacturing of single-component nanomaterials and nanostructures to investigations in scalable nanomanufacturing and integration of multi-component nano-enabled integrated systems. The emphasis is to frame proposals in the context of the realization of integrated systems for the eventual economic manufacture of demonstrably useful nano-enabled products in high volume or customized products in low volume, responsibly and safely. An integrated system is a system that combines different functions together to work as one entity. System integration is the process of assembling component subsystems such that the subsystems function together as a system.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a 7th (seventh) year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/NSINanomanufacturing).

Many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to synthesize small quantities of nanomaterials and nanostructures for characterization and evaluation and simple nanodevices for analysis and testing purposes. The emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is on research in new nanoscale manufacturing concepts and integration methods to realize complex integrated systems based on nanotechnology. The research will focus on overcoming the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the translation of laboratory-scale discoveries in nano-enabled integrated systems to an industrially relevant scale, reliably, affordably and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) guidelines. The goal of the SNM-IS solicitation is to study and formulate the fundamental principles of scalable nanomanufacturing and integration for nanotechnology-based integrated systems towards the eventual manufacture of useful nano-enabled products.

The SNM-IS solicitation is NOT seeking research proposals in large-scale manufacturing of single component nanomaterials and nanostructures. Novel ideas in novel nanomanufacturing processes and scale-up may be sent to the core Nanomanufacturing (NM) Program.

Number of Applications
5 to 8
Amount of Funding

$5,000,000 - Pending availability of fund


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

For complete eligibility requirements, see the opportunity announcement: here

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal deadline for the submission is no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2016. Please attach the following materials as a single PDF document:

  1. Cover letter listing PI Name, department, and school or college, all Project Key Personnel, and the title of the project.
  2. NSF-style biosketch for the PI.
  3. One page describing the intellectual merit and broader impact of the project.

Materials should be submitted to Stephanie Endy at stephanie.endy@case.edu.

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by October 21, 2016.

Step 3

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration by January 6, 2017.

Step 4

Funding agency deadline is January 13, 2017.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
10/14/2016 10/21/2016 01/06/2017 01/13/2017 CLOSED