A National Science Foundation I/UCRC: Phase I


If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact:


CB2 Director

(701) 231-5395




CB2 Co-Director

(509) 335-6261



Call for Proposals

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) has announced a call for proposals for research projects to begin in 2020. Please see the key deadlines at the bottom of the page.


Proposal topics from Industry Advisory Board will be released to faculty on July 3, 2019. Proposal applications due August 7, 2019.


Guidelines for Participation as an Investigator

The National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center program is a vehicle for encouraging formal, topical relationships between academic institutions and industry collaborators. Research projects that make a good fit to the program and to CB2:


  • Address any of the request for proposal topics from the Industry Advisory Board (IAB).
  • Aim to solve an applied problem on an aspect of the bioplastics or biocomposites supply chain. Review CB2's research thrust areas »
  • May be of particular interest to one industry partner, but preferably of broader significance.
  • Build off collaborative projects you have had with potential members in the past.
  • Highlight the unique capabilities and expertise of affiliated faculty.
  • Offer precompetitive, but compelling solutions to difficulties the industry must overcome to advance.


Please note that the authors of the seed concepts are identified and PI's are highly encouraged to work with them in order to strengthn the proposal development process.


A select number of projects will be selected for podium presentations at the Fall meeting to be held November 5-6, 2019, at Diageo, Plainfield, IL. Faculty members can submit an unlimited number of proposals for project concepts. The format is an executive summary as listed on the website or sent to you via email. The IAB will narrow the field to the most compelling projects from an industry standpoint. The CB2 call for proposals is open to all faculty members at the CB2 university sites. Collaborative projects with multiple faculty members and across campuses are encouraged.


The PI’s are required to attend the six month and 12 month review meetings as well as submit progress reports at three and nine month periods into the research and have monthly conference calls with their selected mentors from the IAB.


Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal for the CB2 fall 2019 meeting, please submit the proposal application by August 7, 2019 (midnight local time). The proposals will go through an initial ranking by the IAB to allow PI's to strengthen their proposals for a second submission. The initial ranking will be completed approximately six weeks after the August 7 deadline. A decision on which proposals will be selected for a presentation at the fall meeting will be announced on September 20, 2019.


Funding per project should range from $40,000 to $60,000 of direct cost per year with a typical project duration of one year. Projects requiring more than one year of funding must submit new proposals for additional years. The original proposal may indicate that additional years are planned, but should only detail year one. Allowable costs include, but are not limited to the following: tuition, stipend, faculty salary, undergraduate salary, benefits, travel (international and domestic and should include one to two trips to the IAB meeting), materials, laboratory fees, and equipment. Please note, there are no indirect costs allowed in the project budgets. In addition, the budget should include $500 for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) travel. All funded projects will be assigned an REU student during the summer 2020 where applicable (if REU program is funded).

Deadlines in 2018

Monday, June 10

Request for proposal topics or "seed concepts" returned to center director for distribution to Industry Advisory Board (IAB) with link to LIFE form

Monday, June 24

LIFE form ranking of "seed concepts" completed by Industry Advisory Board

Wednesday, July 3

Proposal topics distributed to faculty members including final LIFE form evaluation

Wednesday, August 7

Two-page proposals submission due

Friday, August 9

Two-page proposals distributed to Industry Advisory Board

Friday, September 13

Votes from Industry Advisory Board for down-selection of top proposals due

Friday, September 20

Announcement to PI’s on final proposals selected for podium presentations

Monday, October 7

Final proposals and presentation due to Center Director and Coordinator

Tuesday-Wednesday, November 5-6

IAB fall meeting at Diageo, Plainfield, IL, for final selection of 2020 projects


Proposal Application Format
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Proposal Topics from IAB for 2020 Projects to be Released


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