Outreach / Diversity

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                   Brandeis University
                   MRSEC Seed Grants
             Deadline: August 15, 2010



The NSF-supported Brandeis University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Brandeis-MRSEC) invites proposals from Brandeis University for developing outreach activities that are highly relevant to materials science and engineering.  We anticipate funding one proposal at a level of $10,000 for a one year, renewable period.  The proposals should meet one or more of the following criteria:

 (1) Promotion of the integration of research and education, and development of effective education/outreach activities that leverage participant expertise and interest, and address local and national needs. The proposed activity should have proven impact in improving scientific education or experiment with novel approaches.

 (2) Fostering increased participation in materials research and education of members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities) at all academic levels. We are encouraging proposals that develop cooperative programs with organization(s) serving predominantly underrepresented groups in science and engineering and/or predominantly undergraduate institutions.

Outreach grantees will be required to provide the MRSEC with information for the annual report and to acknowledge MRSEC support on any work supported by the outreach grant.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Aug 15, 2010. Applicants should submit proposals by E-mail, as a PDF attachment, to the MRSEC office at bottaro@brandeis.edu. Seed proposals will be reviewed by the MRSEC Executive Committee (Bob Meyer, Bulbul Chakraborty, Irv Epstein, Seth Fraden) and awards will be made on the basis of proposal quality. Applicants will be notified of decisions in late August. Funding of successful proposals will commence on or about September 1, 2010.