Office of Special Programs
Apply to PD 04-7222 as follows:
For full proposals submitted via FastLane:
standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov:
NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply
(Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at:
Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
DMR's Office of Special Programs (OSP) coordinates and supports crosscutting activities in DMR and in conjunction with NSF-wide programs, including enhanced international collaborations in materials research and education. OSP activities are often co-funded with other NSF units, such as the Office of International Science and Engineering and the MPS Office for Multidisciplinary Activities. Examples of OSP activities include:
•International Materials Institutes (IMI)
The IMIs advance fundamental materials research by coordinating international research and education projects. Their long-term goal is the creation of a worldwide network in materials research and the development of a generation of scientists and engineers with international leadership capabilities.
•Opportunities for International Cooperation in Materials Research
DMR supports international collaborative research and education projects in partnership with funding organizations in Europe and the Americas. Collaborative activities in partnership with funding agencies in Asia and in Africa are being developed.
•Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Research Experiences for Teachers
Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN)
Map of DMR supported REU Sites
International Materials Institutes Awards
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program