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Particulate and Multiphase Processes. Judy Raper Outline: NSF statistics and changes Typical research projects Innovations in teaching and outreach Thoughts on future directions for CBET. Nanostructured Chitin Gupta, Auburn. Smart Particles to Control Properties

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particulate and multiphase processes
Particulate and Multiphase Processes
  • Judy Raper
  • Outline:
  • NSF statistics and changes
  • Typical research projects
  • Innovations in teaching
  • and outreach
  • Thoughts on future
  • directions for CBET

Nanostructured Chitin

Gupta, Auburn

Smart Particles to Control Properties

Minko, Clarkson & Luzinov, Clemson

Capillary Flow of Red Blood Cells

Pozrikidis,University of California, San Diego

Molecular Simulation of Granular Material

O’Hern, Yale

particulate and multiphase processes pmp

Fundamental research on transport phenomena in dispersed and microstructured systems

  • Physics and dynamics of particulate & multiphase flows
  • Interfacial flow phenomena and rheology of structured fluids
  • Advances in particle transport and diagnostics
current research focus
Current Research Focus

bubble/droplet dynamics; particle-laden flows; multiphase flows in microfluidic devices; colloids, self and directed assembly


Fluidization, granular flows; suspensions; production of particles with engineered characteristics, unique composition, and surface properties; particle assembly into functional structures and devices


Fundamental models bridging particle-scale properties with process-scale variables


Development of sensors for probing the 3D microstructure of dispersed multiphase flows, fluidized beds, and granular flows; instrumentation for online monitoring and control


Processes leading to new technologies for environmental sustainability


Multiphase transport in biological systems with applications to clinical diagnostics and therapeutics

trends in funding
Trends in Funding

The PMP program is broad in scope and relevance

Submission windows for unsolicited proposals: September & February.

Emphasis is on:

  • Innovative ideas with significant impact on science and engineering,
  • Exploratory projects with potential for breakthrough results
  • Fundamental, high-risk / high-gain projects with clear objectives and potential for discovery of new phenomena
  • Broader Impacts (integration of research & education, outreach, involvement of under-represented groups, societal issues)

Typical Level of Support:

1-2 Investigator Regular Grants 250-350k/3yrs

Small Grants for Exploratory Research 30 - 80k/yr (up to 2 years)

CAREER Awards 400k/5yrs

We encourage PIs to include requests for research instrumentation in regular unsolicited proposals (~50-60k per proposal)

additional funding opportunities
Additional Funding Opportunities

Special Solicitations:

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) – (NIRT & NER grants)
  • Sensors and Sensor Networks
  • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Awards
  • Mathematical Sciences Priority Area (MSPA)
  • EFRI

Interactions with Industry:

* Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)

Educational and Training Grants:

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Grants and Supplements for International Collaboration (INT)

International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE)

special interest programs
Special Interest Programs
  • CAREER Awards Program

Targets the career development of beginning investigators

  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research


Targets the economic stimulation of specific States

  • SGER Awards

Preference is given to untenured faculty and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering

  • ADVANCE Program

Aims to increase the representation of women in academic science

and engineering careers

  • Various Educational Grant Solicitations
what makes a proposal competitive
What Makes a Proposal Competitive?

Intellectual Merit

  • Likely high impact in science/technology
  • New and original ideas – sound scientific rationale
  • Succinct and focused project plan – sufficient detail
  • Knowledge of subject area and published, relevant work
  • Experience in essential methodology
  • Clarity concerning future directions
  • Realistic amount of work
  • Critical approach

Broader Impacts

  • Integration of Research and Education
  • Outreach Activities
  • Plans for Involvement of Underrepresented Groups
  • Broad Dissemination of Results
  • Benefits to Society (both scientific and general)


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