The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) invite the submission of Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)* proposals to focus on new approaches to refrigeration at <1K, materials needed to enable ultra-low temperature refrigeration, and new processing techniques needed to fabricate these new types of refrigeration systems. Potential area of research include:
Submission of EAGER proposals in response to this DCL is by invitation only; the process is initiated by the submission of a Research Concept Outline (RCO) describing the proposed high–risk / high–reward project that addresses this challenge. The RCO must clearly describe the idea with a clear explanation of why it is innovative, potentially transformative, or otherwise potentially impactful. RCOs are strictly limited in length to 2 pages, including references, plus a half-page justification of proposed budget, for a total of 2.5 pages. All correspondence, inquiries and RCOs must be via email to one of the Program Directors.