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Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

CMMI Overview

The Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division is one of the four research divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and materials design. In addition, the Division has a focus on the reduction of risks and damage resulting from earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote transformative advances in civil, mechanical and industrial systems and manufacturing technologies. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology, and simulation. The integration of research and education is supported across all programs of the Division.

The CMMI Division is organized into four program clusters, each containing four to five research programs:

Advanced Manufacturing
Mechanics and Engineering Materials
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
Systems Engineering and Design

CMMI also accepts interdisciplinary proposals on nanotechnology topics from teams of researchers. Should you have questions, please contact the director of the programs closest to the primary area of research. The deadlines, preparation, and review criteria follow the same rules as regular proposals. PIs of such proposals are strongly encouraged to contact the director of the primary program area prior to preparing such a proposal.



CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows

All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15. Each of these windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the window closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the following Federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review. For proposals submitted under special announcements or solicitations, please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

NOTE:  While the dates for the CMMI unsolicited proposal window in fall remain September 1-15, 2014, the dates for the CMMI unsolicited proposal window in spring are changed to February 1-17, 2015

Note on Proposal Compliance

Please note that CMMI checks all proposals submitted to the Division for compliance with the proposal submission requirements of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide current at the time of proposal submission.  The Division enforces the GPG requirements and returns without review all non-compliant proposals.


Materials Engineering and Processing Program

Effective September 1, 2013, the Materials Engineering and Processing Program (MEP) will be accepting proposals. This program replaces the Materials Processing and Manufacturing (MPM)Materials and Surface Engineering (MSE), and Structural Mechanics and Materials (SMM) programs. These programs will no longer be accepting new proposals.

Please refer to the MEP program description (PD 13-8092) for the scope of this new program:


Additionally, more detailed information on the program can be found in the following NSF document:

Dear Colleague Letter: Information on the Materials Engineering & Processing Program (MEP) (NSF 13-122)

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR)

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) welcomes the submission of transformative, interdisciplinary research proposals. Many ENG programs fund interdisciplinary proposals.  ENG participates in the NSF-wide CREATIV mechanism, designed for unusually creative high-risk/high-reward interdisciplinary proposals

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Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Advanced Manufacturing
bullet Design of Engineering Material Systems  (DEMS)
bullet Manufacturing Enterprise Systems  (MES)
bullet Manufacturing Machines and Equipment  (MME)
bullet Materials Engineering and Processing  (MEP)
bullet NanoManufacturing  (NM)
Mechanics & Engineering Materials
bullet Biomechanics and Mechanobiology  (BMMB)
bullet Design of Engineering Material Systems  (DEMS)
bullet Geomechanics & Geomaterials  (GEOMM)
bullet Mechanics of Materials  (MOM)
bullet Structural Materials and Mechanics  (SMM)
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
bullet Civil Infrastructure Systems  (CIS)
bullet Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings  (RSB)
bullet Geotechnical Engineering  (GTE)
bullet Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering  (HMSE)
bullet Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events  (IMEE)
Systems Engineering and Design (SED)
bullet Engineering and Systems Design  (ESD)
bullet Operations Research  (OR)
bullet Sensors, Dynamics, and Control  (SDC)
bullet Service Enterprise Systems  (SES)
bullet Systems Science  (SYS)
Other activities supported by CMMI
Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research
bullet Service Enterprise Systems  (SES)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Crosscutting
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops)
IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments
(NSF  14-602) Posted August 13, 2014

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
(NSF  14-591) Posted August 1, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Posted August 1, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 27, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
(PD  14-7479) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

Civil Infrastructure Systems
(PD  12-1631) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

Design of Engineering Material Systems
(PD  12-8086) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

Engineering and Systems Design
(PD  13-1464) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

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