WASHINGTON—Universities have until January 15 to submit proposals for the first year of NSF’s new $30 million science and technology centers program.
The program was created to allow scientists from several disciplines to work together on projects involving basic research questions that are expected eventually to have commercial applications. The centers, although based at individual universities, are expected to receive support from state and local governments, federal laboratories, industry and the private sector.
NSF officials, in addition to awarding a dozen or so grants to individual centers, ranging from $500,000 to $5 million annually, also expect to give out $35,000 planning awards to universities that are thinking about submitting a proposal for the following year. Proposals for planning grants are due February 1. The selection process will begin next spring, and the first round of awards, for five years, should be announced by September 1988.
Details about the program, including...