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Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR)

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) welcomes the submission of transformative, interdisciplinary research proposals. Many ENG programs fund interdisciplinary proposals.  ENG participates in the NSF-wide CREATIV mechanism, designed for unusually creative high-risk/high-reward interdisciplinary proposals

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Special Announcement

Dear Colleague Letter: New Solutions to Create Integrative Data Management Infrastructure(s) for Research Across the Sciences (NSF 12-090)

2012 CMMI Research & Innovation Conference

The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that the 2012 NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference will take place in Boston, MA during July 9-12, 2012. The theme of the conference is "Engineering Transformation through Partnerships". The goal of the conference is to highlight the innovative and transformative research presently funded in CMMI; to provide researchers the opportunity to network and form collaborations; and to learn about new and upcoming funding opportunities within CMMI, across NSF, and within partner agencies. This conference will be held along with the 2012 George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Annual Meeting.

Information on attendance requirements as well as the conference can be found in the following Dear Colleague Letter entitled "Attendance at the 2012 NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference" (NSF 12-027): /pubs/2012/nsf12027/nsf12027.jsp


G8 Research Councils Multilateral Funding Opp

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering and Office of International Science and Engineering are partnering with six of the other G8 Research Councils in announcing the Second Call of the G8 Multilateral Funding Initiative.  This joint call for proposals for the "Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency - A first step towards sustainable manufacturing" is issued by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science which is serving as the Call Secretariat and will maintain the official website at .    

U.S. academic institutions are eligible to submit preliminary proposals in response to the Dear Colleague letter.   The preliminary proposals, due on September 30, 2011, require collaborative research projects that are comprised of researchers from at least three of the partner countries - Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Information specific to U.S. researchers is posted at

CMMI Overview

The Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division is one of the four research divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and materials design. In addition, the Division has a focus on the reduction of risks and damage resulting from earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote transformative advances in civil, mechanical and industrial systems and manufacturing technologies. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology, and simulation. The integration of research and education is supported across all programs of the Division.

The CMMI Division is organized into four program clusters, each containing four to six research programs:

Advanced Manufacturing
Mechanics and Engineering Materials
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
Systems Engineering and Design

CMMI also accepts interdisciplinary proposals on nanotechnology topics from teams of researchers. Should you have questions, please contact the director of the programs closest to the primary area of research. The deadlines, preparation, and review criteria follow the same rules as regular proposals. PIs of such proposals are strongly encouraged to contact the director of the primary program area prior to preparing such a proposal.





CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows

All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, January 15 through February 15 and September 1 through October 1.  Each of these windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the last day of the window.  In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday or Sunday, the window closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the following Monday.  Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review.  For proposals submitted under special announcements or solicitations, please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
bullet Civil Infrastructure Systems  (CIS)
bullet George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research  (NEESR)
bullet Geotechnical Engineering  (GTE)
bullet Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering  (HMSE)
bullet Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events  (IMEE)
Other activities supported by CMMI
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering 2012 (BRIGE)
Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research
bullet Service Enterprise Systems  (SES)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Dear Colleague Letter: Supplemental Opportunity for Translational Research in the Academic Community (TRAC) (NSF 10-044)
Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)
bullet Advanced Manufacturing
bullet Mechanics & Engineering Materials
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations (NEES Ops)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Physical and Engineering Sciences in Oncology Crosscutting
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Systems Science (SYS)
bullet Systems Engineering and Design  (SED)

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  12-604) Posted August 30, 2012

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Posted August 28, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
(NSF  12-601) Posted August 27, 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  12-599) Posted August 16, 2012

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students
(NSF  12-498) Posted August 10, 2012

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  12-516) Full Proposal: September 28, 2012

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
(PD  12-7479) Full Proposal: October 1, 2012

Civil Infrastructure Systems
(PD  12-1631) Full Proposal: October 1, 2012

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: October 1, 2012, All proposals to Division of Chemistry (Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods)

Control Systems
(PD  12-1632) Full Proposal: October 1, 2012

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