A National Science Foundation I/UCRC: Phase 1


If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact:


CB2 Director

(515) 294-2036



Michael Kessler

CB2 Co-Director

(509) 335-8654


Call for Proposals

Please know that IAB chair and sub-committee are fine-tuning a formal submission procedure for the entire IAB to review.


The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) has announced a call for proposals for research projects to begin in 2017. Please see the key deadlines at the bottom of the page.


Proposal topics request has been sent to Industry Advisory Board, due August 10, 2016. Proposal topics from Industry Advisory Board will be released to faculty on August 11, 2016. Proposal applications due September 21, 2016.


Guidelines for Participation as an Investigator

The National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center program is a vehicle for encouraging formal, topical relationships between academic institutions and industry collaborators. Research projects that make a good fit to the program and to CB2:


  • Address any of the request for proposal topics from the Industry Advisory Board (IAB). (See examples of last year's proposal topics from IAB.)
  • Aim to solve an applied problem on an aspect of the bioplastics or biocomposites supply chain. Review CB2's research thrust areas »
  • May be of particular interest to one industry partner, but preferably of broader significance.
  • Build off collaborative projects you have had with potential members in the past.
  • Highlight the unique capabilities and expertise of affiliated faculty.
  • Offer precompetitive, but compelling solutions to difficulties the industry must overcome to advance.


A select number of projects will be selected for podium presentations at the fall planning meeting to be held November 9-10, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Faculty members can submit an unlimited number of proposals for project concepts. The IAB will narrow the field to the most compelling projects from an industry standpoint. The CB2 call for proposals is open to all faculty members at the CB2 university sites. Collaborative projects with multiple faculty members and across campuses are encouraged.


The PI’s are required to attend the six month (location TBD) and 12 month review meetings (location TBD) as well as submit progress reports at three and nine month periods into the research and have monthly conference calls with their selected mentors from the IAB.


Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal for the CB2 fall 2015 meeting, please complete the proposal application (view format online) and upload to this secure online portal by September 21, 2016 (midnight local time). A decision on which proposals will be selected for a presentation at the fall meeting will be announced on October 13, 2016. If you have made changes to your proposal, the final proposal submission will be due October 27, 2016.


Funding per project should range from $40,000 to $60,000 of direct cost per year with a typical project duration of one year. Projects requiring more than one year of funding must submit new proposals for additional years. The original proposal may indicate that additional years are planned, but should only detail year one. Allowable costs include, but are not limited to the following: tuition, stipend, faculty salary, undergraduate salary, benefits, travel (international and domestic and should include one to two trips to the IAB meeting), materials, laboratory fees, and equipment. Please note, there are no indirect costs allowed in the project budgets.

Deadlines in 2016

Thursday, July 14

Request for proposal topics sent to Industry Advisory Board

Wednesday, August 10

One-paragraph proposal topics due to Center Coordinator from Industry Advisory Board

Thursday, August 11

Proposal topics distributed to faculty members (See examples of last year's proposal topics from IAB)

Wednesday, September 21

Two-page proposals submission due, please upload to this secure online portal

Thursday, September 22

Two-page proposals distributed to Industry Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 12

Votes from Industry Advisory Board for down-selection of top proposals; IAB members please vote here

Thursday, October 13

Announcement to PI’s on final proposals selected for podium presentations

Thursday, October 27

Final proposals due to Center Director

Wednesday-Thursday, November 9-10

IAB fall meeting in Ames, IA for final selection of 2017 projects


Proposal Application Format
View Online

Example of Proposal Topics from IAB for 2016 Projects

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