SDNI Academic Seed Grant Application Form
ABSTRACT: The San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) at UC San Diego offers open access to comprehensive nanofabrication facilities and expertise. SDNI is a site in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). A summary of SDNI’s capabilities and equipment can be found at SDNI has established a Seed Grant program to provide access to nanofabrication facilities, equipment, and expertise for educators and researchers. The Seed Grant will provide access to SDNI at no charge up to the value of the award. SDNI will accept and review all Seed Grant applications as they arrive. SDNI encourages applications from the following:

• 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

All student applications must include a teacher or faculty member who will guide and supervise the student's project. Additionally, only adults will be allowed to perform work in SDNI laboratory facilities.

REQUIREMENTS: 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.

Examples of relevant educational programming include:

• Individual or group class projects that utilize SDNI capabilities.
• Field trip experiences.
• Lesson plan development featuring examples from experiments run at SDNI.
• Undergraduate projects supervised by class instructors or faculty members.

Primary investigators are limited to a single application. Co-investigators are unlimited.

FREE-USE: Use valued at up to $1,000 can be included in each proposal. Facilities should be used within twelve months of the proposal selection date. The free-use of facilities is not transferable. Proposals should be targeted at covering SDNI facility access fees and costs for necessary materials and supplies only. Current user fee rates can be found at

PROCESS: This web form will be used to submit applications. Please fill out information below and submit. SDNI will notify the selected applications by email.

SELECTION: Projects will be selected based upon the quality of the proposal, a proven need for assistance, the impact that SDNI will have on the project, and the extent to which the project aligns with SDNI’s mission. Reviewer comments will not be available for applications that are not selected.

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First Name *
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Address *
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Affiliation/School *
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Primary Discipline *
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List of Co-Investigators and their affiliations *
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List of Necessary SDNI Capabilities and/or Facilities *
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Statement of Work (describe the project’s rationale, proposed work plan, any necessary materials and supplies, and proposed staff scientist or faculty involvement) (limit to 200 words): *
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Statement of Need (include a justification for free-use and the enabling features of the grant) (limit to 200 words): *
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Statement of Impact (describe the anticipated impact on educational, research, or development programming within your organization (limit to 200 words): *
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Proposed Budget: *
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