The University Record, November 19, 1997

Research Reporter

Major Research Instrumentation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting proposals for the Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF 98-16). The proposals for acquisition or development of major research instrumentation can be in any NSF-supported field of science, mathematics, science education or engineering. The research activities using this instrumentation need not be supported by NSF or the federal government. The program will not provide support for instrumentation to be used in the conduct of disease-oriented research.

The U-M can submit only two proposals for instrumentation acquisition, plus a third for instrument development. In addition, the University may be included as a member of a consortium submitting a separate proposal. If you are interested in claiming one of the University's proposal slots, submit a one-page summary to Marvin Parnes, DRDA, 1002 Wolverine Tower, by 5:00 p.m. Dec. 1. (Guidelines for the preparation of the necessary summary can be requested from David Plawchan, The finalists will be notified of their selection no later than Dec. 19. The final proposals will be submitted to NSF via Fastlane by Jan. 30.

For a copy of the NSF program announcement, contact David Plawchan, 764-7237, or send e-mail to The NSF 98-16 guidelines also can be retrieved directly from the NSF Web site:


Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a program, Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships, to engage the nation's intellectual talents through large-scale, center-based investigations aimed at complex research problems. The STCs should have a unifying research focus involving any areas of research supported by NSF. They can vary in size, structure, participation and operation, but must be based in an academic institution. Approximately $25 million will be awarded annually (ranging from $1.5 to $4 million per center) to support 8-10 new centers. Initial commitments are for five years, but potential exists for 10 years of funding. Notice of Intent Deadline: Jan. 6. Pre-proposal Deadline: Feb. 12. Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 3. For additional information (NSF 98-13/STC), contact David Plawchan, 764-7237, or send e-mail to


Neurofibromatosis Research Program

The U.S. Army Medical Research Materiel Command is soliciting proposals in neurofibromatosis research that will provide normative quantitative data on tumor growth in neurofibromatosis patients. The 1997 objective is to fund: (1) one study to provide data on the growth of plexiform neurofibromas in neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) patients; and (2) one study to provide data on the growth of vestibular schwannomas in neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) patients. Each study is expected to provide resources from multiple areas. Deadline: Dec. 17. For additional information, contact Neil Gerl, 763-6438, or send e-mail to The Web address is:


Alexander Hollaender Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), established the Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 1986. These fellowships are tenable at DOE laboratories having substantial research programs supportive of the OBER mission of understanding the health and environmental effects associated with energy technologies and developing and sustaining basic and applied research programs at the frontiers of biomedical and environmental sciences in which DOE has responsibilities or unique capabilities. OBER's research mission includes atmospheric, marine and terrestrial systems; global change; molecular and subcellular mechanisms underlying human somatic and genetic processes; human and microbial genome; nuclear medicine; structural biology; and development of instrumentation necessary to achieve programmatic success. Deadline: Jan. 15. For additional information, contact David Plawchan, 764-7237, or send e-mail to The Web address is:


Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program

The U.S. Department of Education will provide fellowships (awards are granted to institutions only) through academic departments to assist graduate students of superior ability. The designated priorities for the GAANN Program include the areas of biology, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineering, geoscience, mathematics and physics. The deadline for CFDA 84.200 is Jan. 5. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.