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Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

Grants to USA Investigators at Nonprofits and
IHEs for Research Projects on Topical Materials

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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11/01/19 5:00 PM Submitter's local time


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Grants to USA investigators at nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities for research to advance the understanding of topical materials. Proposals may focus on the following research topics: condensed matter physics, biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, polymers, metals and metallic nanostructures, and solid-state and materials chemistry.

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines.

The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

Proposals are invited to the following six Topical Materials Research Programs that are participating in this solicitation:

- Biomaterials (BMAT)
- Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)
- Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM)
- Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN)
- Polymers (POL)
- Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC)

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GrantWatch ID#: 186448

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Award Floor: $360,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

- Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Through this solicitation, investigators may submit only one proposal across DMR to any of the Topical Materials Research Programs as PI or co-PI during the annual proposal acceptance window. This includes proposals under GOALI, RUI/ROA, and binational collaborative research programs. Proposals for EAGER, RAPID, RAISE, and conferences, as well as supplements to existing grants, are not subject to this limitation and may be submitted anytime after consultation with and approval from the cognizant Program Officer.

If more than one proposal is submitted, the earliest proposal will be retained (whether as PI or co-PI) and any subsequent proposals will be returned without review. In the rare case involving continued funding of two current DMR projects that are expiring in the same fiscal year an exception may be considered after consultation with the cognizant Program Officer(s). Early proposal submission during the DMR proposal acceptance window and communication with the Program Officer can allow latitude in resolving submissions issues.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Window:

- October 1, 2019 - November 1, 2019
- October 1 - November 1, Annually Thereafter

If the closing date for the submission window falls on a weekend, the closing date moves to the following Monday. The last date of the submission window is an absolute deadline date and proposals must be received at NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.

DMR strongly advises Principal Investigators and Sponsored Project Offices to submit early during the DMR proposal acceptance window and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF.

Submission Instructions:

- Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines apply. The complete text of the PAPPG is available electronically on the NSF website at:
- Full Proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

- Joseph A. Akkara, Biomaterials (BMAT), telephone: (703) 292-4946, email:
- Aleksandr L. Simonian, Biomaterials (BMAT), telephone: (703) 292-2191, email:
- Tomasz Durakiewicz, Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), telephone: (703) 292-4892, email:
- Paul E. Sokol, Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), telephone: (703) 292-8436, email:
- Miriam Deutsch, Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), telephone: (703) 292-4917, email:
- Tania Paskova, Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), telephone: (703) 292-2264, email:
- Diana Farkas, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), telephone: (703)292-7576, email:
- Gary Shiflet, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), telephone: (703) 292-5199, email:
- Andrew J. Lovinger, Polymers (POL), telephone: (703) 292-4933, email:
- Birgit Schwenzer, Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC), telephone: (703) 292-4771, email:
- Eugene Zubarev, Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC), telephone: (703) 292-4930, email:

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NSF 17-580

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