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Division of Materials Research

Solid State and Materials Chemistry  (SSMC)

Name Email Phone Room
Birgit  Schwenzer (703) 292-8810  1065 N  
Eugene  Zubarev (703) 292-4930   
Freddy  A. Khoury (703) 292-8451  1065 N  


Apply to PD 10-1762 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (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 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

    October 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.



This multidisciplinary program supports basic research in solid state and materials chemistry comprising the elucidation of the atomic and molecular basis for materials development and properties in the solid state spanning the entire range from the nanoscale to the bulk. Areas of interest include but are not limited to (1) development of original materials design principles, approaches to innovative design, synthesis, assembly, bulk crystal and/or film growth; (2) characterization of novel organic, inorganic, and/or hybrid materials exhibiting new phenomena or superior behavior, and/or providing new scientific insights into the correlation between structure/composition and properties in the solid state; (3) investigations of surface and interfacial effects on materials system structures and properties. Research encompassing multi-component materials systems and/or a strong mesoscale aspect with regard to properties is particularly encouraged. Development of environmentally safe and sustainable materials, new organic solid state materials, and fundamental studies of novel materials and materials systems for efficient energy harvesting, conversion and storage are welcome. Research in the area of lithium ion battery materials will be considered for funding, if a systematic fundamental materials investigation with the potential to yield transformative results is proposed. The SSMC program works closely with other programs within the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and Engineering (ENG) directorates to accommodate the multidisciplinary nature of proposal submissions.


Dear Colleague Letter: Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 16-099)

NSF 2006 Solid State Chemistry Workshop Report

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program