Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
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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