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Division of Materials Research

Electronic and Photonic Materials  (EPM)


Name Email Phone Room
Z. Charles  Ying cying@nsf.gov (703) 292-8428  1065 N  
Tania  Paskova tpaskova@nsf.gov (703) 292-2264  1065 N  


Apply to PD 03-1775 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

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.


The Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM) program seeks to advance the field of electronics and photonics through basic, potentially transformative materials science research. The scope of the program encompasses the discovery and understanding of materials and material integration with potential for major technological innovations. The program covers identification and understanding of phenomena and fundamental mechanisms associated with synthesis and processing of electronic and photonic materials at atomic and molecular levels. The primary focus of the program is on novel materials and their integration that may offer new paradigms in critical computing, communication and sensing components, or enable advanced optoelectronics and photonics. Research on materials with reduced dimensionalities and metamaterials is welcome. Development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to explore electronic and photonic materials is also encouraged. Research topics include, but are not limited to, nucleation and growth of thin films and nanostructures; self-assembly and nanopatterning; interface-related phenomena and properties; defect and doping control; bulk crystal growth; and relationships between synthesis/processing, structure, and properties.



Optics and Photonics Crosscutting Programs


Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) (NSF 14-579)

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Includes the description of NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (NSF 15-555)

Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity (NSF 15-085)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 13-542)

MPS AGEP-GRS Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)


Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A)

Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-B)

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices

Energy for Sustainability


Scalable Nanomanufacturing

Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activites 2015 - Office Information

Materials Engineering and Processing


Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation

Time Window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR Programs

Information about Submitting Proposals to DMR

Materials Research and Education Highlights


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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