NanoES Institute

June 27, 2017

Request for Proposals – NanoES Research Initiatives

The NanoES Institute offers 35,000 square feet of labs (including wet and optical space), offices, meeting rooms, communal areas, and extremely low vibration/EMI areas in a brand-new building. This space creates an opportunity to scale up ongoing research efforts with strong momentum and to create new, high-impact programs or shared instrumentation facilities. To this end, NanoES is now announcing a request for proposals. We are seeking inventive, well-thought-out ideas to leverage this space for maximum effect including, but not limited to, new center efforts and hiring initiatives endorsed by department chairs. Respondents should submit the following items as a single PDF file to with “NanoES RFP: <your last name>” in the subject line:

  • A one-page summary of your intended program or facility, in the style of an NSF proposal summary. It will consist of three parts: (1) project overview, describing the main research activities or instrumentation capabilities, (2) intellectual merit, describing the anticipated major advances, (3) broader impact, describing the benefits to the Institute, the College, UW, the nano science and engineering community, and society. Important: This summary should state the anticipated square footage in the NanoES building and specify all requested space, such as number of offices, desks, lab benches, and other facility requirements.
  • A brief summary of specific qualifications of the PI(s), such as track record in publications, current and anticipated future funding, technology transfer, or management of facilities, as relevant and supportive for the proposed effort (1 page maximum).
  • A CV of key program participants (2 page maximum, at most 5 CVs total).
  • Optional (for efforts claiming priority for low vibration/EMI space): Demonstrate a need for vibration / electromagnetic interference controlled space by incorporating Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications and requirements documentation, statement of technical justification, and survey/measurement data (conducted by a 3rd party entity) of the current space that demonstrates its inadequacy in meeting the OEM’s specifications.

The NanoES Scientific Advisory Committee will meet monthly to review submissions and offer its recommendations to the NanoES Director and the NanoES Administrative Committee. This process is expected to continue through the coming academic year. We are looking forward to receiving exciting and visionary proposals.