Team Project Proposal
This assignment was created primarily
to give you practice writing a proposal as a team and
to generate ideas for DPS dissertations.
In fact, you might even try to influence your team to write about
something you are interested in
that could be modified later into your dissertation proposal.
A secondary motivation was to give me ideas for actual funding proposals.
The team project proposal is just for practice writing a grant proposal
and, since you don't actually send it to the agency, you will not get funded.
However, a serious proposal is a possibility.
The team project proposal must be more substantial than
a DPS Dissertation Idea Paper but
need not be as complete or as detailed as the DPS Dissertation Proposal.
However, per the DPS Dissertation Guide under Dissertation Proposal,
it should contain the following:
- Chapter 1. Introduction
- Statement of the problem to be investigated and goal to be achieved
- Relevance, significance or need for the work
- Elements, hypotheses, theories, or research questions to be investigated
- Limitations and delimitation of the study
- Definition of terms
- Chapter 2. Relevance of the research in the context of other work
- Historical overview of the theory and research literature
- The theory and research literature specific to the topic
- Summary of what is known and unknown about the topic
- The contribution this study will make to the field
- Chapter 3. Methodology
- Research method(s) to be employed
- Specific procedures to be employed
- Formats for presenting results
- Projected outcomes
- Resource requirements
- Reliability and validity
- Chapter 4. Discussion of Expectations
- Anticipated benefits
- Projected outcomes
- Practical applications of the findings
- Constraints and limitations of the study
- Recommendations for additional studies
- Contributions to the field of study and advancement of knowledge
For examples, see
Maryland University’s IT turnover study
for an example of the kind of project that can be funded, this one by NSF.
- A government funding proposal for Pace University work related
to Internet2 is particularly welcome, see
- Another possibility that Pace is currently interested in is
NSF's Embedded and Hybrid Systems program.
- And here's a
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
program that supports research on the nature and
development of technology and science, both in the past and present; on
differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various fields
of science and engineering; and on the interactions among
science, technology and society.
Proposals are welcomed from various disciplinary perspectives,
including areas such as the history of science and history of technology,
and I immediately thought of Kurzweil's notion of time speeding up and
that the time period from invention to general use
should be getting shorter and shorter.
The Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
has funding available for innovative research on the topic of
Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET).
Opportunities exist for research with primary focus in materials
sciences and engineering, chemical sciences, biosciences, and
The BES program in NSET has the following goals: (1) Attain a fundamental scientific understanding of nanoscale
phenomena; (2) achieve the ability to design and synthesize materials at the atomic level to produce materials with desired
properties and functions, including nanoscale assemblies that combine hard and soft (biological) materials to achieve novel
functions; (3) attain a fundamental understanding of the structural, dynamic, and electronic aspects of nanoassemblies, including
biomolecular assemblies, associated with unique materials properties, chemical transformations, energy conversion, and signal
transduction; (4) develop experimental characterization tools and theory/modeling/simulation tools necessary to understand,
predict, and control nanoscale phenomena; and (5) to obtain an integrated structural and dynamic view of nanoassemblies in
biological systems, through the development of enhanced imaging tools and nanoscale probes.
Up to $8 million will be available for grant awards during FY 2002. Three-page preapplications - not required, but strongly
encouraged - are due November 16, 2001.
A budget is not required with the preapplication.
Responses to preapplications will be sent by December 21, 2001.
Full applications are due February 12, 2002.