Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Mechanics of Materials
See program guidelines for contact information.
Apply to PD 13-1630 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.
Full Proposal Window: September 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
September 1 - October 1, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Window: January 15, 2014
February 15, 2014
January 15 - February 15, Annually Thereafter
Due dates repeat annually. Please reference the CMMI main page for further specifics concerning unsolicited proposal submission windows.
The MoM program supports fundamental research in interdisciplinary solid mechanics. Emphasis is placed on fundamental understanding that i) advances theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in MoM, and/or ii) uses contemporary MoM methods to address modern challenges in material and device mechanics and physics.
Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging material systems across time and length scales; especially of interest are contemporary materials including complex solids, phononic/elastic metamaterials, soft materials, and active materials. Research is welcome in emerging areas of multiscale methods, nanomechanics, manufacturing mechanics, and areas that incorporate fundamental understanding of physics and chemistry into the continuum-level understanding of solids.
Intellectual merit typically includes advances in deformation, fracture, fatigue, constitutive modeling, multiphysics, nonlinear mechanics, computational methods, or experimental techniques.
Broader impacts are welcome that may include, but are not limited to i) advancing the relevant application of solid mechanics to important problems in new technological domains, ii) increasing awareness of the importance and role of solid mechanics in other scientific communities as well as society in general, iii) impacting graduate education in solid mechanics across the US, iv) impacting engineering practice, v) strengthening undergraduate and K-12 education in and exposure to solid mechanics, and vii) engaging and encouraging the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Proposers should strive to make deep and lasting impacts via their proposed activities.
Potentially transformative research is sought, as well as research that systematically advances the state-of-the-art in important ways.
Additional Information for the MoM Program
We recognize that it can be difficult to determine the best programmatic fit for a proposal and that often there is some overlap across programs (this helps facilitate interdisciplinary efforts). To help researchers determine if the MoM program is appropriate, the following guidelines may be helpful:
- Research that addresses important issues in materials processing or manufacturing using contemporary techniques in solid mechanics are welcome, and will likely be jointly reviewed with the Materials Processing and Manufacturing or Nanomanufacturing programs.
- Research that addresses optimization in mechanics is welcome but may be jointly reviewed with the Engineering Design and Innovation Program or the Design of Engineering Materials Systems Program, as appropriate.
- Research in nanomechanics is welcome. If the approach solely involves atomistic/quantum simulations it may be appropriate for the Surface and Materials Engineering Program in CMMI or the Condensed Matter Theory program in DMR.
- Research that focuses on fundamental materials science issues should be submitted to the Materials and Surface Engineering Program. Research that includes significant components of materials science and solid mechanics may be jointly reviewed between these programs.
- Research that focuses on structural mechanics or the mechanics of materials for building, construction, and infrastructure should be submitted to the Structural Mechanics and Materials program. They will potentially be co-reviewed with the MoM program.
- Research that includes an important mechanics component but addresses biological questions should be submitted to the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Program.· Research that is focused on design methodologies and principles for the discovery and deployment of materials should be submitted to the Design of Engineering Materials Systems (DEMS) Program.
Proposers who are unsure if their proposed research fits in the MoM program should discuss it with the Program Director after sending him a one-page white paper by email.
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