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Supporting advanced measurement systems for experimental determination of complex biomaterial properties


September 28, 2016

Rapid advances in photonic, acoustic, imaging, electronic and manipulative technologies have recently created an unprecedented potential to study biomaterials at multiple scales and high resolution. Combined with computation methods, it is now possible to identify the material property distributions of perturbed living organisms.

These technological advances have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the mechanics of biological materials from the molecular scale to in vivo measurement.

The NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) announces its intention to support research on advanced measurement systems for experimental determination of complex biomaterial properties through its Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) and Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MoMS) core programs through Dear Colleague Letter NSF 16-142.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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