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Division of Materials Research

Joseph A. Akkara, (703) 292-4946
Room 1065 N

Aleksandr Simonian, (703) 292-2191
Room 1065 N

Apply to PD 06-7623 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

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 Biomaterials program supports fundamental materials research related to (1) biological materials, (2) biomimetic, bioinspired, and bioenabled materials, (3) synthetic materials intended for applications in contact with biological systems, and (4) the processes through which nature produces biological materials.  Projects are typically interdisciplinary and may encompass scales from the nanoscopic to the bulk.  They may involve characterization, design, preparation, and modification; studies of structure-property relationships and interfacial behavior; and combinations of experiment, theory, and/or simulation.  The emphasis is on novel materials design and development and discovery of new phenomena.

Projects involving in vitro demonstration of biological compatibility and efficacy are appropriate, but the program can support only limited in vivo studies.  Tissue engineering and drug/gene delivery projects must have a specific focus on fundamental materials development and characterization.  Studies of the mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological materials and tissues and projects in molecular biophysics may be more appropriate for one or more of the NSF programs listed below under Related Programs.  Projects with an emphasis on device design and fabrication are generally more appropriate for a program in the NSF Engineering Directorate.

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)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 12-569)
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)

Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Molecular Biophysics
Cellular Dynamics and Function
Genetic Mechanisms
Systems and Synthetic Biology
Physiological and Structural Systems
Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry
Chemistry of Life Processes
Physics of Living Systems

2013 NSF Biomaterials Workshop Report: Important Areas for Future Investment
2010 NRC Report: Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences
2008 NRC Report: Inspired by Biology-From Molecules to Materials to Machines
Time Window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR Programs

Disciplinary Research Activities

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



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