Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC)
Call for Proposals 2021: Materials Characterization Projects
A Call for Proposals of the University of Colorado’s COSINC-CHR (Characterization Facility) is now open until April 30, 2021. This program aims to encourage new and innovative projects, enabled by the instrumentation within the COSINC-CHR facility. It is also an opportunity for selected participants to obtain hands-on training and learn about the various material characterization techniques. Each selected project will receive up to $500 of equivalent instrument time and 100 hours of assisted usage fee ($3,500 equivalent, some restrictions apply), for a period of six months. A total of 3 projects will be competitively selected and applications will be accepted from any academic disciplines and research areas.
Project must be novel (such as investigation of new materials or creative applications of characterization techniques).
Project must involve a collaboration between the PI and COSINC facility.
A clear plan should be provided of future instrument usage in the facility after the project has ended.
Requirements for Principal Investigators (PIs):
A PI must be faculty/staff.
Selected PIs must provide their active University of Colorado speed-type (or equivalent) to cover any instrument usage and related fees exceeding $500 at the beginning of the project duration.
Selected participants are expected to give at least a talk in the COSINC-CHR monthly user meetings.
Application submission deadline: April 30, 2021 (by noon)
Announcement of the selected projects: May 31, 2021
Start date of the selected projects: July 1, 2021
End date of the selected projects: December 31, 2021
Applications are submitted from this webpage
Description of project and objectives.
A short and descriptive budget as to how the funding will be utilized.
A plan that demonstrates future instrument usage at the COSINC-CHR and other COSINC facilities (if any) after the project has ended.
Additionally, a project summary in a pdf format (up to 2 pages) should be uploaded here.
Each selected project will receive up to $500 of equivalent instrument time over a period of six months.
Grant will be used only for the instrument usage fees, training fees and consumables at the COSINC-CHR facility. (Usage fees are calculated using the CU internal user-fee rates)
Participants will receive technical and scientific assistance in characterization and related processes during the project period from the COSINC-CHR staff. This support must not involve any routine characterization tasks. Restrictions are: 10 hours per week maximum, 30 hours per month maximum, and total 100 hours.
Submission for your COSINC-CHR Proposal
Past Proposal Awards - 2020
Spring 2020 COSINC-CHR proposal: Thank you very much for those who applied. The five projects are selected. The next round will come up in Fall 2020.
*Due to the current lab closure, the end date of these projects will be modified.
Patrick Kociolek (CU Boulder, Department: Museum and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), The “Cutting Edge” of Diatom Cell Wall Morphology: Beyond Surface Features to Evaluate Phylogenetic Relationships of Centric Diatoms
Dmitri Routkevitch (InRedox), Characterization of Nanostructured Ceramics
Wei Tan (CU Boulder, Department of Mechanical Engineering), Biomolecule-impregnated Coaxial Nano/micro-fibers for Vascular Implants
Wei Zhang (CU Boulder, Department of Mechanical Engineering), The Critical Role of SiOx in Enhance the Capacity Retention of Silicon Electrodes
Dan Dessau (CU Boulder, Department of Physics), Development of a SQUID on an AFM tip