Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials Program* supports research to further fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological and ecological media with nanostructured materials and nanosystems, which includes one- to three-dimensional nanostructures, heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies, and other nanoparticles. This program supports research that explores the interaction of nanoscale materials and systems with both macro and nano-scale systems in biological and environmental media.    

Proposals should address one or more of the following research areas:

  1. Characterize interactions at the interfaces between nanostructure materials and nanosystems with surrounding biological and environmental media, including both simple nanoparticles and complex and/or heterogeneous composites;
  2. Develop predictive based on fundamental behavior of nanostructures within biological and ecological matrices to advance cost-effective and environmentally benign processing and engineering solutions over full life cycles;
  3. Examine transport, interaction, and impact of nanostructured materials and nanosystems on biological systems;
  4. Simulations of nanoparticle behavior at interfaces, in conjunction with experimental comparisons, and new theories and simulation approaches for determining the transport and transformation of nanoparticles in various media.

The research is expected to support safe manufacturing, handling and utilization of nanostructures, development of measurement tools and predictive simulation approaches, improved assessment of transport and transformations of environmental nanomaterials (ENMs) in various environmental media and over full life cycles in various media, and development of principles for establishing robust risk assessment and management for nanostructured materials and nanosystems.

Beginning July 20, 2017, the Program will accept proposals at any time throughout the year. There will no longer be any restriction on when an unsolicited proposal can be submitted for consideration to the Program.

* Note: The Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials Program was formerly known as Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment, or NPPE.

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