Research Project Proposal Form

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Research project proposals consist of:

  1. A cover page that will be automatically generated based on information you provide in the submission form fields (PI Information, Project Personnel, and Demographics).
  2. An upload of a single PDF containing, in sequential order, a 3-page project description, plus references (no page limit), and NSF-format biosketch for all project investigators (two pages each). Biosketches are not required for undergraduate and graduate students.

Proposals should follow standard NSF GPG format requirements for margins and font size.

The project description section of the proposal file should answer the following questions:

  • What is the scientific significance and long-term impact of the project?
  • How does your project align with the goals of the 2DCC in chalcogenides for next generation electronics?
  • What 2DCC resources and expertise would be used?
  • How will the users’ expertise contribute to success?
  • What work will be performed at your home institution(s) to support the proposed work?
  • What are the broader impacts of the proposed work?

Example User Proposal Evaluation Form 

You need not provide a highly detailed schedule of facilities use. These are arranged at a later date for successful proposals in coordination with the user support group.

Principal Investigator (PI) Information
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  • Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) are defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and/or Master's degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sci. degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years.
Does the PI intend to travel to Penn State to perform work on-site?
Principal Investigator (PI) Demographics

The 2DCC-MIP is collecting this voluntary information to assess whether our activities are fairly reaching and benefiting everyone regardless of demographic category; to ensure that those in underrepresented groups have the same knowledge of and access to 2DCC-MIP programs; and to assess their involvement.

Submission of this information is voluntary and is not a precondition of selection. This information will not be disclosed to the User Proposal Review Committee and will remain confidential and used only for internal purposes of the 2DCC-MIP.


  • Hispanic or Latino. A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


  • American Indian or Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.