Call for Proposals

Fall 2019 Call for Year 1 Proposals

To Faculty at Notre Dame, Purdue, and Indiana:

In preparation for the CBM Kickoff Meeting, to be held October 28-29 at the University of Notre Dame, the center is soliciting research proposals addressing key areas of need (see below). Projects can be for any amount or time period, but given the total maximum funding pool of approx. $650,000 in Year 1, typical projects will likely involve 1-2 students and durations of 6-18 months. Participants in the CBM's 2018 Planning Meeting expressed special interest in collaborative proposals involving two or more of the affiliated universities (ND, PU, IU). In addition, the CBM is interested in proposals that combine a strong research idea with an instrument placement opportunity, although instrument placement concepts are not required.

Please submit a description of the proposed project, no longer than two pages, using this template, by 5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2019, to your appropriate site director as listed below. Selected proposals will be chosen for in-person presentation to the assembled industry members and NSF representatives at the October Kickoff Meeting. Those projects receiving the highest scores from our industrial representatives will be funded.

Project teams for funded projects will include liaisons from companies contributing funds, who will participate in periodic project meetings and contribute to the planning of experiments and the interpretation of results. Ideally, reciprocal visits between industry liaisons and students and faculty involved in the project will take place during the course of the project. Project results are intended to be rapidly published in high profile journals, typically with joint academic/industry authorship.

Proposals may address any of the following key areas of need:

  1. Pushing the boundaries of the detection of low abundance chemical species of interest (indicators of health and disease, food quality and safety, energy exploration, etc.).
  2. Decreasing the analysis time and increasing the throughput, productivity and convenience of key measurement science methods used by industry.
  3. Robust, convenient and affordable on-line, at-line or near-line measurement tools for kinetic profiling and continuous monitoring of industrial processes during research, development and manufacturing.
  4. Fieldable instrumentation and point-of-use measurement tools that will afford fast and convenient study of samples of interest to industrial members (health, chemical, agriculture, energy, food).
  5. Enhanced imaging, including chemical-specific imaging, of tissue slices, cultures, materials and experimental arrays with improved speed, convenience, sensitivity and economy.
  6. Use of artificial intelligence in combination with instrumentation to create streamlined workflows, ‘driverless’ measurement tools and feedback controlled experiment optimization. Industry is especially interested in ideas that address “time-to-decision” rather than “time-to-data”.
  7. Topics not on the above list but of compelling interest and importance to our industrial members will also be considered.

For additional information, please contact:

Paul Bohn, ND Site Director and CBM Director

Garth Simpson, PU Site Director

Lane Baker, IU Site Director