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Vasundara Varadan
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Resources and Related Programs

The ECS Division, in Partnership with other Divisions in Engineering and with other NSF Directorates and government agencies, provides resources that have a significant impact on nation-wide research and education programs.  These resources include the National Nanofabrication Users Network (NNUN), Distributed Center for Advanced Electronics Simulations (DesCartes) and US-Japan Joint Optoelectronic Project (JOP).  In addition, NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC), Science and Technology Centers (STC) and Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) conduct research in areas related to ECS.  Researchers and educators are encouraged to make linkages with these activities to utilize the research and education infrastructure contained within them.

The ECS Division encourages participation in related NSF supplementary and focussed grant programs, including Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER), Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Combined Research Curriculum Development (CRCD), Major Research Instrumentation (MRI), Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), NSF Scholar-In-Residence at National Institute of Health (NIH), Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT), ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and International collaborations.  The ECS community is encouraged to take advantage of these programs in their associated academic endeavors.

The ECS Division is committed to increasing the participation of women, minority and persons with disabilities in all of its programs.  Proposals are sought which employ innovative outreach activities to increase participation of these underrepresented groups in the ECS community.



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