Division of Materials Research
This program has been archived.
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.
theoretical and complementary computational research in the topical
areas represented in DMR programs, including condensed matter
physics, polymers, solid-state chemistry, metals, electronic
materials, and ceramics. Materials Theory is the primary source of
funding at NSF for condensed matter theory. The program supports
fundamental research that advances conceptual, analytical, and
computational techniques for materials research. A broad spectrum
of research is supported using electronic structure methods,
many-body theory, statistical mechanics, and Monte Carlo and
molecular dynamics simulations, along with other techniques, many
involving advanced scientific computing. Emphasis is on approaches
that begin at the smallest appropriate length scale, such as
electronic, atomic, molecular, nano-, micro-, and mesoscale,
required to yield fundamental insight into material properties,
processes, and behavior and to reveal new materials phenomena.
Areas of recent interest include strongly correlated electron
systems; low-dimensional systems; nonequilibrium phenomena,
including pattern formation, microstructural evolution, and
fracture; high-temperature superconductivity; nanostructured
materials and mesoscale phenomena; quantum coherence and its
control; and soft condensed matter, including systems of biological
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program