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NNCI Seed Grant Opportunities

Many NNCI sites offer seed grants for new users, graduate students, or startup companies to help them get started. Each of these opportunities is provided by the individual site, with specific proposal and deliverable requirements determined by the site. For further information about a specific grant program, click on the program name or contact the site directly.

NNCI Site Name of Grant Program Who is Eligible? Other Requirements Proposal Funding Amount Grant Period Deliverables
KY Multiscale KY Multiscale Seed Program New, first-time users of KY Multiscale facilities from both inside and outside the University of Louisville Applications from non-traditional users of micro/nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing (e.g. life and environmental sciences, paper and textiles, biomedical, agriculture, etc.), non-Research I institutions, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), under-represented groups, K-12 schools, and community colleges, are encouraged. Fill out and submit the requirements on this form. $1,000/user – 10 awards/year 6 months Support should be acknowledged in publications/presentations that are made possible by work performed at the UofL KY Multiscale facilities. 
MANTH Singh Center Innovation Seed Grant Competition Students, individuals, or small companies (<50)   1-4 Page proposal + 15 min. presentation Varies from $1k to $4k - total dispersed is $15k this year 1 year Presentation and participation in next year's Singh Center Nano conference
MONT Research Initiation Grants Any new facilty user or external user   Project request form and brief proposal, including statement of benefit required. $5,000 ceiling 1 year Slide highlighting completed research, continued updates on publications, patents, presentations, etc.
NanoEarth Multicultural and Underserved Nanoscience Initiative (MUNI) Grant Those from multicultural and underserved populations in the sciences or in fields typically underserved by nanotechnology facilities External user: Non-Virginia Tech NanoEarth access request form and 3 additional grant questions. Seed funding varies by project TBD based on research A specific acknowledgment indicating the financial support is encouraged to add on the users’ publications based on this effort
NCI-SW NanoFab and EMC Core Facility Seed Grants External academic users from the regional southwest (not ASU affiliated) Full-time PhD students 2 page proposal Up to $5,000 in facilty use fees 12 months Interim and final reports
NCI-SW I-Corps Boot Camp Grants Faculty, student, post-doc and small-business users of NNCI sites Must not have prior SBIR/STTR funding or investment greater than $100K for the technology on-line application Travel and accommodation to attend two-week boot camp training session 12 months Complete the formal ASU I-Corps Site traing program, fulfilling the reporting requirements, and leverage NCI-SW grant funds toward commercializing the technology
NNI NIH NESAC/BIO Seed Grant Any researcher New user of UW MAF facility informal ~$1,000-$2,000 for new users, ~$20,000/year for new collaborators    
NNI Professional Masters Program courses / Intensive Short Courses Any student Enrolled in Professional Masters Program / Intensive Short Course Application to program/course Full coverage of lab access fees, ~$50,000/year 1 quarter / 1 week coursework including labs
RTNN Kickstarter Program External researchers/students/educators. The RTNN encourages applications from high school and community college students and educators, users from non-traditional disciplines (including anthropology, biology, soil science, etc.), users from underrepresented groups (as defined by NSF), academic users from non-Research-1 universities, and industrial users from start-up companies. Proposed projects must be focused on research or preliminary development activity or educational programming in an area of nano-scale science, engineering, and/or technology. Competitive proposals should be: (1) limited in scope and (2) involve either hands-on science education, cutting-edge research, or high-risk, high-reward R&D activity with the potential to facilitate disruptive technologies. A brief application is required including short statements of work, need,  impact, and budget. $1000 in facility access 1 year Periodic progress updates
SDNI Seed Grant (Academia and Commercial) High school science and engineering educators and students; Community college science and engineering educators and students; 
Researchers from academic institutes having limited facilities and/or research funding; 
Small business startups
Proposed projects must be focused on research, early development activity, or educational programming in areas related to nanoscale science, engineering, and/or technology. Competitive proposals should be focused on hands-on science education or R&D projects with scientific or technological impact. Short statement of work, Instrument time needed $1,000 in free facility access 1 year Quarterly progress report and final report.
SENIC IEN Core Facility Seed Grants Any researcher at Georgia Tech 1st or 2nd year graduate student 2 page proposal  6 months of free facility access ($7500 value) 12 months Midterm report; final report; poster presentation
SENIC Catalyst Program Any external academic/non-profit researcher  PI must be first time SENIC user Online application form $1000 in services 6 months End of program summary
SHyNE SEED (SHyNE External Experiment Development) Any external user Must be a new user for the facility in the proposal Application required Up to $2500 1 Year Slide highlighting completed research, continued updates on publications, patents, presentations, etc., which must acknowledge SHyNE Resource.


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