Full Proposal Window: September 7, 2005 - October 7, 2005
Full Proposal Window: January 7, 2006 - February 7, 2006
(The submission windows for unsolicited proposals in the ECS Division are between September 7-October 7 and January 7-February 7. Proposals submitted before or after (5 p.m., local time) the acceptance windows will be returned unreviewed. These submission windows do not apply to workshop proposals or proposals for Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER). The ECS Division will not accept multiple proposals by the same PI and/or Co-PI within the same submission window.)
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The Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS) program supports innovative research in areas that integrate device concepts and systems principles in the design, development and implementation of new nano/micro/macro hybrid and complex systems with engineering solutions for domain specific applications. Hybrid systems incorporating both continuous and discrete representations are of increasing interest in the study of distributed networks. Proposals are sought that address fundamental research issues associated with modeling, design, simulation and development of engineering systems with applications in telecommunications, homeland security, biotechnology and manufacturing. Examples include:
1. Miniature implantable devices that combine sensors, actuators, computational algorithms and microcircuits for biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to microsurgery;
2. Wireless networks of handheld or wearable computing devices that incorporate microsystem transmitters, receivers, antennas and sensors, and constitute a complex distributed network with high bandwidth and high information-transfer rates;
3. Optoelectronic and photonic integrated circuits, scalable in density and functionality, for chip-based wavelength division multiplexing;
4. Power grids and systems designed to be reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable;
5. Control methods for image-guided therapy and surgery; and
6. Cyberengineering systems that integrate the physical layer (devices,sensors) with the informational layer (communication networks, computational intelligence, decision/control) to optimize the performance of distributed systems. Such integrative systems offer new challenges in basic research and promise for future applications.
Proposals for the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems program may involve collaborative research among investigators to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. Areas of opportunity are announced and updated on the ECS Division home page. In addition, researchers are invited to propose, and are encouraged to discuss, with the IHCS Program Directors, potential innovative systems and associated areas of research.
Areas of current interest include: hybrid and complex systems at the nano, micro and macro scales. Some of the technology areas include:
--Machine Intelligent Systems
--Organic and Silicon-based Hybrid Systems
--Quantum Information Systems
--Optical and Wireless Communications Systems
In furtherance of the President's Management Agenda, in Fiscal Year 2005, NSF has identified 23 programs that will offer proposers the option to utilize Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals. Grants.gov provides a single Government-wide portal for finding and applying for Federal grants online.
Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Description via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system.
In determining which method to utilize in the electronic preparation and submission of the proposal, please note the following:
All collaborative proposals must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system. This includes collaborative proposals submitted: by one organization (and which includes one or more subawards); or as separate submissions from multiple organizations.
Proposers are advised that collaborative proposals submitted in response to this Program Description via Grants.gov will be requested to be withdrawn and proposers will need to resubmit these proposals via FastLane. (Chapter II, Section D.3 of the Grant Proposal Guide provides additional information on collaborative proposals.)
For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf)
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NSF Program Summary -- Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems
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