Materials and Surface Engineering
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Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is
effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent
with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit
Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that
the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this
The MSE program supports fundamental research that is intended to enhance the basic understanding of materials in the solid state, including interrelationships among constitution, structure, and properties. The broad intellectual scope of the MSE program includes structural and functional materials in the bulk as well as surfaces and interfaces. Approaches to discovery may entail experimental, theoretical, computational modeling and simulation, especially ab initio modeling and simulation and coarser grained approaches, including molecular dynamics and multi-scale approaches through the micro-scale, and combinations of these three approaches. Specifically encouraged are proposals that focus on the mechanical, physical, and thermophysical properties of metallic, ceramic, and polymeric materials and composite materials based on these matrices.
Except for solicitations and other funding opportunities that specifically identify the participation of the MSE program, domains that lie outside of the scope of this program and in which proposals are discouraged and are subject to return without review are those that focus on (1) biological, bio-inspired, biomimetic and materials for which the application is biological or biomedical, (2) electronic or photonic materials or the electronic or photonic properties of materials, (3) material and surface processing, and (4) friction and wear except those in which the stated goal is to elucidate the atomic/molecular basis or origins of friction.
In furtherance of the President's Management Agenda, in Fiscal Year 2006, NSF has identified programs that will offer proposers the option to utilize Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals, or will require that proposers utilize Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals. Grants.gov provides a single Government-wide portal for finding and applying for Federal grants online.
In response to this Program Description, proposers may opt to submit proposals via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system. In determining which method to utilize in the electronic preparation and submission of the proposal, please note the following:
Collaborative Proposals. All collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system.
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