National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

Opportunities for SEI Researchers & Faculty

As part of its effort to involve a larger community in the NNIN SEI effort, NNIN has two small grant programs to support SEI research related to and of interest to NNIN. Access to the NNIN user base for social science research on a large community of nanotechnology users is also available.

SEI Seed Grant Program

The NNIN Seed Grant program assists and stimulates the conduct of research on social and ethical issues (SEI) by faculty at  NNIN sites. Our grant competition provides one-time funding of up to $20,000 to initiate research projects, collect data, run conferences, or travel to meet with collaborators. Priority will be given to projects that capitalize on the unique characteristics of the NNIN user community, thus taking advantage of the nation’s most diverse, dynamic, and ambitious nanoscale research enterprises. These awards are limited to faculty at current NNIN sites. For futher information, please contact contact Katherine A. McComas at kam19@cornell.edu.  Application procedure and further information about the Seed Grant Program.

Current Seed Grant awardees include

  • Firm-Originated Knowledge Flows as Antecedents of Technological Breakthroughs: Evidence from the U.S. Nanotechnology
    Principal Investigators:  Jeongsik Lee, Assistant Professor and Hyun Jung, PhD Candidate
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • How Small is Small Enough?: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Defining “Nano” for Research, Society, and Regulation
    Principal Investigators: Leili Fatehi, JD and Jennifer Kuzma, PhD
    University of Minnesota
  • From Blueprints to Bricks: Building a Community for DNA Nanotechnology
    Principal Investigator: W. Patrick McCray
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Talking “Nano”: Nanoscientists as Public Communicators
    Principal Investigators:LeeAnn Kahlor, Ph.D. and Anthony Dudo, Ph.D.
    The University of Texas at Austin

SEI Travel Awards

The NNIN SEI Travel Awards similarly assist in the conduct of research on social and ethical issues (SEI)  where NNIN researchers are the subject of the research.  These awards are open to faculty at non-NNIN sties.  This program will provide one-time, per project funding up to $15,000 to support travel to one or more NNIN sites to conduct SEI research on NNIN users and technologies. We are particularly interested in funding projects that capitalize on the unique characteristics of the NNIN user community, thus taking advantage of the nation's most diverse, dynamic, and ambitious nanoscale research enterprises. These awards are processed as travel reimbursements; no actual award is made to the researcher, and the award may not be used for salaries or any other non-travel expenses. Faculty members and graduate students, who are working under the close guidance of a faculty member, are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. An external review panel of SEI researchers will review submitted proposals and select projects for funding. For futher information, please contact Katherine A. McComas at kam19@cornell.edu.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis .   Further information about the NNIN Travel Grants is available here.

Prior awardess include:

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NNIN User Database Access

The NNIN user base consists of over 6000 students, faculty, government scientists and industry scientists, all actively working in the field of nanotechnology. As a significant fraction of the US nanotechnology research community, it is a surrogate for the entire nanotechnology research community and is thus a body of subjects itself suitable for research by social science researchers.

Social science researchers can apply for access to the NNIN user base for the purpose of approved studies related to the social and ethical issues in Nanotechnology. A limited number of surveys to selected subsets of the full user base will be approved each year. Interested researchers should inquire to the NNIN SEI Coordinator, Prof. Katherine McComas, kam19@cornell.edu.