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Engineering Grants

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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), 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, and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR).

Funding obligations:

(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $629,990,000; FY 08 est $636,870,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

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.

Examples of Funded Projects:

1) Cell-Based Sensors that link Nanotechnology with Microfluidics. (2) Nanostructural Engineering of Complex Functional Particles. (3) Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). (4) Rapid Fabrication of Non-Assembly Mechanisms with Embedded Components. (5) Development of Biosensors for Rapid Screening. (6) Health Monitoring of Critical Civil Infrastructure for Safety and Security. (7) Liquid Logic-The 3rd Wave in Electronics. (8) Internally Mounted Engines for Aircraft of the Future. (9) Particle Laden Tubeless Siphon With Applications to Homeland Defense. (10) MEMS Tuners for Multi-band High Efficiency Wireless Transmitters. (11) Nanotube-Based Electronic Pressure Sensor. (12) SBIR Research: Development of a Novel Sensing Material for Waterborne Pathogens.

Program Accomplishments:

In fiscal year 2006, 9,427 proposals were received and 1,737 awards were made. In fiscal year 2007, 9,575 proposals were received and 1,958 awards were made, and in fiscal year 2008 approximately 9,890 proposals will be received and about 1,978 awards will be made.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$5,000 to $4,000,000; $120,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Normally 6 months to 3 years, occasionally longer.

Applicant Eligibility:

Public and private colleges and universities; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and unaffiliated scientists under special circumstances. See the Grant Proposal Guide for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

See the Grant Proposal Guide, Section I.E. for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Award Procedure:

NSF staff members review and evaluate all proposals with the assistance and advice of scientists and engineers who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal, of prospective users of research results when appropriate, and of specialists in other Federal agencies when appropriate.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

For information and publications: Dr. Donald Senich, Program Director, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7082. E-mail:, NSF World Wide Web site, URL: http// For general inquiries:

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