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Posted: February 5, 2008

Transnational call for collaborative proposals in nanoscience

(Nanowerk News) NanoSci-E+ is a body created specifically for the implementation of a transnational call for collaborative projects in nanoscience wherein research agencies from 13 countries of the European Research Area (ERA) participate. NanoSci-E+ is affiliated to NanoSci-ERA, a consortium pursuing the broader objectives of promoting the integration of the national research communities in nanoscience throughout the ERA as well as the coordination of programmes supporting research in this domain.
NanoSci-E+ is herewith announcing the opening of a transnational call for collaborative proposals. A minimum of €16 M will be distributed for the funding of high-quality projects, possibly complemented by an additional €8 M (subject to contract with the European Commission).
The aim of this Call is to enable scientists working in nanoscience in different countries in the ERA to build an effective collaboration on a common research project based on ambitious and original ideas at the frontier of knowledge. Novel and multidisciplinary projects in fundamental research are encouraged.
The present call is limited to ground-breaking research projects that address the issue of interfacing functional nano-objects or nano-materials.
It covers primarily the controlled formation of contacts and the study of coupling or communication/exchange mechanisms between nano-objects. The emphasis is on interfacing rather than on interfaces. Also included are studies dealing with the functional coupling between a nano-object and a larger object through an identified nano-specific gateway (e.g. between a nano-particle and a living cell through a protein of the membrane).
The characterization studies of nano-interfaces, and especially hard-soft interfaces (e.g. for spintronics or molecular electronics) are within the scope of the present call, as long as they represent enabling/critical steps towards nano-object interfacing.
Excluded are studies of interfaces not meant to achieve a functional mediation (e.g. between a nano-material and a biological tissue to achieve bio-compatibility) or nano-structured surfaces not acting as functional interfaces but rather used for their high-effective surface areas.
Through this call, NanoSci-E+ is seeking to fund high potential impact projects in fundamental research whose developments are mid-long term or cannot be clearly evaluated.
Letters of Intent should be submitted exclusively through the Electronic Submission System dedicated to the call and further information can be found on the NanoSci-ERA Website.
This is a two stage process, the deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is 4:00 p.m. (GMT) 27 March 2008.
Source: NanoSci-ERA Consortium
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