Announcement: New CNS Seed Grants Program

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at UCSB, a National Science Foundation national center dedicated to understanding the relationships between technological innovation and social change, announces a new intramural seed grant program for UCSB faculty: CNS Seed Grants on Societal Issues for New Technologies.  With a new supplement from the NSF, the purpose is to generate new research and/or engagement projects that will further the mission of the CNS and involve new UCSB faculty participants in the Center.  The new seed grants will be made for a 12-month period with anticipated award size ranging from $20,000 to a maximum of $60,000, and should have the potential to lead to future activities within the CNS. Deadline for submission in this year’s cycle is Monday Dec. 3, 2012 for 12-month projects beginning between Jan and April 2013.

 All UCSB ladder faculty with expertise and interest in contemporary science and society interactions are eligible to submit a proposal. CNS’s established program of research spans responsible global innovation systems, contemporary histories of new technologies, and risk perception and public participation. The proposed project need not focus on Nanotechnologies but must address contemporary issues of new technologies, science and society interactions, and/or responsible technological innovation and development.

Examples of areas of particular interest in CNS-UCSB (but many more are possible):

  • Social, economic & environmental inequality and tech development
  • Globalization and technological innovation
  • Social movements/collective action
  • Societal and tech system aspects of new technologies for energy, water, food, & health
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Envisioning technological futures
  • Risk, perception, and responsibility
  • Policy-oriented studies

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