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Travel opportunity for nanotechnology researchers - CRDF Global Request for Applications

Selected Nanotechnology Subject Matter Experts to Participate in Central Asia Travel Opportunity

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CRDF Global is soliciting applications from U.S. researchers in the field of nanotechnology to serve as subject matter experts and presenters at a 3-day workshop entitled „On the Frontiers of Nanotechnology: Research and Collaboration in the U.S. and Uzbekistan in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 21-23, 2011. CRDF Global will cover all travel costs and provide an honorarium for the six (6) selected U.S. researchers.

In conjunction with an upcoming nanotechnology-themed U.S.-Uzbek research grant competition , CRDF Global is holding a workshop entitled "On the Frontiers of Nanotechnology: Research and Collaboration in the U.S. and Uzbekistan" Participation Requirements:
CRDF Global seeks six (6) U.S. nanotechnology researchers to participate in the workshop as experts in applied nanotechnology. The experts will be expected to:
I. Prepare a scientific presentation (15 minutes in length) on either:
o the state of nanotechnology as it relates to energy research; environmental science; materials science; and/or biomedical applications; OR
o their own research interests as they relate to one or more of the fields outlined above
II. Actively participate in the three-day workshop, including all discussions and breakout activities.
III. Moderate select discussion sessions as assigned by CRDF Global staff

Compensation:
Selected experts will receive an honorarium of $2,000 for their participation as well as the allowable U.S. Department of State foreign per diem to cover meals and incidentals for travel and workshop days. CRDF Global will arrange and cover all travel costs including airfare, accommodation, and local transportation.

Contractor Eligibility:
Applicants must:
Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
Hold a PhD
Be currently carrying out research in nanotechnology
Have knowledge of applied nanotechnology in one or more of the following fields: energy research, environment science, material sciences, biomedical applications

Demonstrated participation on one or more collaborative international research projects preferred.

Application Requirements:
Current CV Letter of Interest (LOI), no more than 2 pages. In the LOI applicants should: Highlight relevant qualifications; Outline the subject area(s) in which the applicant would be able to meaningfully contribute; Summarize relevant international experience; and Provide potential presentation topics.

To provide relevant context for the workshop audience, presentations should address the following:

How has the evolution of nanotechnology advanced research in your particular field?

What are some current challenges and obstacles facing nanotechnology researchers in your field(s)? In what ways are you and your colleagues overcoming these obstacles? Future directions and potential for nanotechnology research; in what areas do you believe nanotechnology will have the most impact? How have governments (local, state, national, and international) and corporations supported nanotechnology research? In what ways could their activities be supplemented? How have collaborations with international scientists strengthened nanotechnology research? How could organizations such as CRDF Global further support and facilitate these kinds of collaborations? What are some of the most promising commercial applications for nanotechnology? If successful, how would you characterize their scientific, social, and economic importance to the international community?

Submission
Applications should be submitted to Ms. Julie Mills, CGP Program Manager, at jmills@crdf.org no later than 11:59 PM EDT June 30, 2011. Proposals should be submitted as electronic documents in PDF or Word format with the title of the RFA and the applicant's last name in the email subject line. Selections will be announced by July 15, 2011.

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