Kickstarter Program

In order to further our mission to serve as a hub of cutting-edge nanotechnology innovation and education, the RTNN has established a means to allow members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities.

Important dates for Fall 2017:

  • Request for Proposals Release Date: July 31, 2017
  • Priority Decision Deadline: September 15, 2017
  • Priority Decision Selection Date: September 22, 2017
  • Additional proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Click for application instructions and form.

Competitive proposals for this program should be: (1) limited in scope and (2) involve either hands-on science education, cutting-edge research, or high-risk, high-reward R&D activity with the potential to facilitate disruptive technologies.  The RTNN encourages applications from high school and community college science and engineering students and educators, non-traditional users (those from disciplines that have not historically used NNCI programs, including Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Textile Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Agriculture, Soil Science, Forest Biomaterials, and Plant & Microbial Biology), users from underrepresented groups (as defined by NSF), academic users who are at a non-Research-1 university and may have limited access to facilities and/or research funding, and industrial users who for some reason do not have funds or have start-up projects with highly innovative potential. For proposals involving research and development activities, the primary investigator must be a first time user of this RTNN special program.  Primary investigators are limited to a single application per cycle. Co-investigators are unlimited per cycle.

Examples of relevant research and development activities include:

  • Preliminary data collection, prototyping, or proof-of-principle studies with prospects of leading to future outside funding or investment.
  • Activity that expands the scope of the applicant’s existing research programs.
  • Specialized characterization or fabrication not currently funded within the scope of the applicant’s existing programs.

Examples of relevant educational programming include:

  • Individual or group class projects that utilize RTNN capabilities.
  • Lesson plan development featuring examples from experiments run at RTNN.
  • Field trip experiences.

Proposals should follow guidelines outlined in the application materials. Projects will be supported based upon the quality of the proposal, a proven need for funding assistance, the impact that the RTNN will have on the project, and the extent to which the project aligns with RTNN’s mission.  Selected projects will also balance support across the Network’s various facilities. Support is provided by the RTNN for facility access fees and associated materials and supplies only.

Proposals will provide facility access valued at a maximum of $1,000 in user fees and materials expenses for a maximum six-month period from the selection date. Current user fee rates can be provided upon request to rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu.