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Directorate for Biological Sciences

Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology  (CEIN)

This program has been archived.
Note to EPA Staff

Staff at the EPA are not allowed to participate as Senior Personnel nor be named as collaborators in proposals to the CEIN Solicitation.  Questions can be directed to Nora Savage.
Name Email Phone Room
Alan  J. Tessier (703) 292-7198  635  
Nora  Savage (202) 343-9858  3319L  
Judy  Raper (703) 292-5382  565  
Enriqueta  Barrera (703) 292-8551  785  
Ulrich  Strom (703) 292-4938  1065  
Rita  Teutonico (730) 292-7118  907  
Alphonse  DeSena (703) 292-5106  885  
Helen  G. Hansma (703)292-8470  615  


Solicitation  07-590

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




This solicitation requests proposals to create a national Center to conduct fundamental research and education on the implications of nanotechnology for the environment and living systems at all scales. The Center will address interactions of naturally derived, incidental and engineered nanoparticles and nanostructured materials, devices and systems (herein called “nanomaterials”) with the living world. Essential elements of this Center will include understanding the interactions of nanomaterials with organisms, cellular constituents, metabolic networks and living tissues; understanding environmental exposure and bioaccumulation and their effects on living systems; and determining the biological impacts of nanomaterials dispersed in the environment. Additional elements of the Center may include the development of methods and instrumentation for the detection and characterization of nanomaterials. For the purpose of this solicitation, nanomaterials have at least one dimension with a length of approximately 1 to 100 nm. A multidisciplinary research approach involving the biological, chemical, physical, computational, mathematical, social and behavioral sciences will be needed to understand the fundamental processes associated with the interaction of nanomaterials with the environment and living systems. This Center is expected to interact with other Nanotechnology Science and Engineering Centers as appropriate.


In furtherance of the President's Management Agenda, NSF has identified programs that will offer proposers the option to utilize to prepare and submit proposals, or will require that proposers utilize to prepare and submit proposals. provides a single Government-wide portal for finding and applying for Federal grants online.

In response to this program solicitation, proposers may opt to submit proposals via or via the NSF FastLane system.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program