Apply to PD 11-1774 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 31, 2013
September 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter
If the closing date for the submission window falls on a weekend, the closing date moves to the following Monday. The last date of the submission window is an absolute deadline date and proposals must be received by NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.
The submission window applies to unsolicited proposals submitted to DMR programs, except for the following which may be submitted at any time during the year: Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), proposals for workshops or conferences, proposals to the DMR National Facilities Program, and supplements to existing grants. For proposals submitted in response to special announcements or solicitations, the deadline dates specified in the announcement or solicitation apply.
We strongly advise Principal Investigators and Sponsored Research Offices to submit early and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF.
DMR discourages the submission of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the proposal-submission window.
This program supports fundamental research including combined experiment and theory projects in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glasses, ceramic-based composites and inorganic carbon-based materials. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications. Development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to carry out projects is encouraged. Topics supported include basic processes and mechanisms associated with nucleation and growth of thin films; bulk crystal growth; phase transformations and equilibria; morphology; surface modification; corrosion, interfaces and grain boundary structure; and defects. The microstructures investigated range from crystalline, polycrystalline, and amorphous to composite and nanostructured materials. PIs uncertain about whether or not their project is suitable for submission to the Ceramics Program may submit a draft of their NSF Project Summary by e-mail to the Program Director for comment.
Four-year projects are encouraged in the Ceramics Program; projects of shorter durations are also welcome. Equipment or instrumentation necessary for the project (typically below $100,000) may be included as part of the budget. PIs are encouraged to include all anticipated broader impact activities (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/broaderimpacts.pdf) in their initial proposals, rather than planning on supplemental requests. Most projects include: (1) anticipated significance on science, engineering and/or technology including possible benefits to society, (2) plans for the dissemination of results, and (3) broadening participation of underrepresented groups and/or excellence in one or more of these areas: training, mentoring and teaching. Many successful proposals will include one additional broader impact activity. PIs are encouraged to collaborate with individuals or groups with experience and expertise, as needed, to ensure efficacy. Submission of proposals early (e.g., at the beginning of the submission window) is recommended to allow time for correction of compliance issues.
Dear Colleague Letter: MPS AGEP-GRS (NSF 12021)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program - Includes the description of NSF 's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (NSF 11-690)
Research in Undergraduate Institutions (NSF 00-144)
Dear Colleague Letter: Sustainable Materials (NSF 12-095)
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)
Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN) (nsf 12-593)
Dear Colleague Letter - Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) (NSF 13-025)
Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
Materials and Surface Engineering
Materials Processing and Manufacturing
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation - Office Information
Mechanics of Materials
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
NSF Alert Service
NSF DMR MGI Workshop, Feb. 21-22, 2013, Arlington, VA
2013 ACerS-NSF Ceramic PI Workshop June 19-20, 2013 at NSF Headquarters in Arlington, Va.
ICANM 2013: International Conference & Exhibition on Advanced & Nano Materials in Quebec City, Canada (Professional Development Workshop in Ceramics Aug. 13-14, 2013)
AVS International Symp. & Exhibit (Abstracts: due in May, Conf.: Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2013; Long Beach, California)
Time Window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR Programs
Article from 2012 Emerging Topics Workshop in Ceramics
Science360: Silver Saver
LiveScience: Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery
Article: Nanoporous Carbon Materials Raise Chances of Surviving Sepsis
Science Nation Highlight: co-funded with BMAT (Antlers, Shells and Beaks at UCSD)
National Geographic: Seeking a Safer Future for Electricity’s Coal Ash Waste
Highlight Coating on Silver
Highlight Instant-On (research.gov)
Highlight Power Thrifty Electronics (research.gov)
Highlight Ceramic Catalysts (research.gov)
Highlight Self-Cleaning Coating (research.gov)
Highlight Wood Into Graphite (research.gov)
ACerS listing of funding opportunities in ceramics
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (a national scientific user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Nanoceramics (Nanoscale Science and Engineering)
Composite Materials, Cellular Materials, etc. (ONR)
Fuel Cells - Hydrogen Program (DOE)
Fuel Cells - SECA (DOE)
High Temperature and Aerospace Materials (AFOSR)
High Temperature Ceramics (NASA)
Forest Products Laboratory - Grants and Funding
Petroleum or Alternate Energy Research (Petroleum Research Fund)
Aerospace, Chemical and Material Sciences (AFOSR)
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Disciplinary Research Activities
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program