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Division of Materials Research

Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen
lmadsen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4936
Room 1065 N

Program Director: Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen
Program Assistant (STEP): Ms. Benita Fair, bfair@nsf.gov, (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 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: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

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, 2014 - October 31, 2014

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 closing date 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 across DMR's programs of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the DMR Annual proposal-submission window each fall.

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.

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) (NSF 14-579)
MPS AGEP-GRS Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13071)
Dear Colleague Letter - Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) (NSF 13-025)
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program - Includes the description of NSF 's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (NSF 11-690)

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Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation - Office Information
Mechanics of Materials
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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
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)
International Collaborations
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (a national scientific user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Nanoceramics (Nanoscale Science and Engineering)
Bio-ceramics (NIH)
Fuel Cells - Hydrogen Program (DOE)
Fuel Cells - SECA (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

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