The CNM and TMI have initiated a program to increase the number and quality of grant applications in nanoscience, nanotechnology and materials research. Since the national-level funding arena is becoming increasingly competitive, we are undertaking a more streamlined, strategically planned approach to pursuing large, multi-investigator, “center-type” research grants. NSF STC, ERC and MRSEC programs are just a few examples of the types of large-center grants we plan to pursue.
To coordinate these new funding efforts, Dr. Jennifer Lyon has recently joined the CNM staff as Assistant Director of Grant and Program Development. Dr. Lyon has a strong background both in science and in scientific writing, with Editor in Life Sciences certification and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from UT-Austin. Prior to joining our staff she wrote, edited and managed grants and DOD contracts for the UT Health Science Center in Houston.
Dr. Lyon will be focusing on identifying funding opportunities for large, multi-investigator projects including those described above, and she will coordinate efforts to apply for funding, including proposal preparation and submission both to funding agencies and the Office of Sponsored Projects. In addition to large-block funding, Dr. Lyon is also willing to assist with smaller group proposals and some single-PI proposals.
Faculty interested in pursuing a specific small- or large-group funding opportunity should contact Dr. Lyon to discuss how the CNM/TMI might be able to help.