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NanoBank Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals – Initial Access to NanoBank Data1

Be One of the First to Tap into the NanoBank!

NanoBank is nearing completion under NSF funding as a public digital library comprising data on nano-science-and-technology articles, U.S. patents, and federal grants, as well as firms engaged in using nanotechnology commercially. This call is for research proposals to use preliminary (beta test) NanoBank during the next year as the database and public interface are completed for public release. A three-page maximum proposal submitted as described below to by Monday, January 22, 2007, will be reviewed. Only the first 3 pages of any proposal will be forwarded to the NanoBank Advisory Board, chaired by Roger Noll, for review and selection of initial users. Successful applicants will be given access to the first ("alpha") database described below in both text and Stata formats by Wednesday, February 28, 2007. An expanded ("beta") database will be similarly available late in June 2007.

A research conference will be held in mid-November 2007 at UCLA for presentation of results from these projects. The authors of papers which are successfully revised, peer reviewed, and published in the conference volume or journal special issue will receive an honorarium of $2,500 per paper. In addition to general funding of the honoraria and conference, there is some special funding with the same honorarium and terms earmarked for papers dealing with not-for-profit organizations and on California-specific topics. We encourage proposals making innovative use of the NanoBank data, for example as a survey sampling frame or to identify respondents for a history of the birth of nanotechnology, or in other ways not imagined by its creators.

The initial or alpha version of the NanoBank data base will include nano-S&T article citations in Thomson Scientific® (formerly ISI® or the Institute for Scientific Information®) Web of Knowledge® format, U.S. patents data, and NSF nano S&T grants. Organizations appearing in authors' addresses, as patent assignees, or as NSF grantees will be coded by organization type.

The second or beta version of the NanoBank data base will add to these data unique IDs for persons and organizations which are the same wherever a given person or organization appears in NanoBank, data on firms working in nanotechnology, and selected NSF and NIH grant information published on their respective web sites for nano S&T projects.2

All proposals should be submitted via Email with the subject line "Beta NanoBank Use Proposal" to the NanoBank PI Lynne Zucker at as an attachment in Acrobat pdf format. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address with the subject line "Beta NanoBank Use Question" – note that these exact subject lines will be used to identify submissions and queries.

1 NanoBank has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (grant SES-0304727) and the University of California's Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (grants PP9902, P00-04, P01-02, and P03-01).

2 The beta version will add not only NIH grants to the alpha version, but will also supplement the initial NSF grants data by adding grants supporting nano S&T projects not included in the NSF nano grants list.