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Division of Materials Research

Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen, (703) 292-4936
Room 1065 N

Program Director: Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen
Program Assistant (STEP): Ms. Benita Fair,, (703) 292-4485 (administration)

Apply to PD 14-1774 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 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 funding opportunity.

This program supports fundamental research including combined experiment and theory projects in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic 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. Research to enhance or enable the discovery or creation of new ceramic materials is welcome. 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. PIs are encouraged to include all anticipated broader impact activities in their initial proposals, rather than planning on supplemental requests. Most projects include: (1) the anticipated significance on science, engineering and/or technology including possible benefits to society, (2) plans for the dissemination, and (3) broadening participation of underrepresented groups and/or excellence in training, mentoring, and/or teaching. Many successful proposals include one additional broader impact activity. Submission of proposals early (e.g., at the beginning of the submission window) is recommended to allow time for correction of any compliance issues.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)
MPS AGEP-GRS Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13071)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (NSF 14-532)
Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) (NSF 14-579)
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) (nsf 14-591)
Dear Colleague Letter: MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV) (nsf 15-024)

Materials Engineering and Processing
Scalable Nanomanufacturing
Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activites 2015 - Office Information
Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

NSF Alert Service
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
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International Collaborations
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (a national scientific user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Nanoceramics (Nanoscale Science and Engineering)
Bio-ceramics (NIH)
Materials for Transduction (MATRIX) program (DARPA)
Fuel Cells - Hydrogen Program (DOE)
High Temperature Ceramics (NASA)
Petroleum or Alternate Energy Research (Petroleum Research Fund)
AFOSR Low Density Materials
AFOSR Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments
ACerS listing of funding opportunities in ceramics

Disciplinary Research Activities

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



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