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.
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:
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.
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).
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