The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for nanoscience and nanotechnology research that has the potential to make valuable contributions to biology and medicine. This announcement is made together with 10 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).*
Nanoscience and nanotechnology refer to research at the atomic, molecular, or macromolecular levels, at the length scale of approximately 1-100 nanometers. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate cross-cutting, integrative research in these areas of science and technology.
Examples of potential areas of research interest include: fundamental principles for nanosystem design, integration, and application to develop tools to measure and image biological processes in health and disease; design of artificial nanostructures that could be used within the cell as replacements for defective naturally occurring nanostructures or to serve other therapeutic purposes not found in normal cells; studies on the integration of active biological molecules such as molecular motors and membrane pumps with engineered systems to create "living" machines for use in biologic, diagnostic, or therapeutic studies; development of new methods for high-throughput cell or molecular sorting or sensing using nanotechnology-based particles or tools; development of nanoparticles that enable controlled release of therapeutic agents, antibodies, genes, and vaccines into targeted cells; development of nanotechnologies to achieve functional replacement of tissue architectures; and use of nanoscience and nanotechnology approaches for controlling interfaces between prosthetic and extracorporeal devices and tissues.
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. William Heetderks, Associate Director for Science Program, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Democracy II, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5469; telephone: 301-451-4772; fax: 301-480-4973; e-mail: email@example.com..
*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-045.html.