ResourcesThe IFN will provide resources for the assignment of up to five start-up awards per year, of up to $200,000 for a 2-year period during the 3-year duration of the project. The awards will be made to new faculty on a competitive basis. The RII will make special efforts to recruit women nanoscientists through this mechanism, and expect to recruit at least 5 new women nano scientists during the duration of the project. Each applicant will be required to prepare a research and professional development proposal to achieve research competitiveness; the proposal will be externally peer-reviewed; then the RII Task Force will make the final award decision, based on the programmatic needs of the research Clusters and the long range objective of developing the IFN Institute. The objective of this program is to bootstrap the number of competitive nanoscientists in Puerto Rico by recruiting up to 15 new members to strengthen the IFN clusters and their evolution toward interdisciplinary research groups.