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Submission Window for Unsolicited Proposals

Starting in 2009, the window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR begins on September 1 and ends on October 31, annually. 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. Proposals that have formatting problems or are otherwise non-compliant with the Grant Proposal Guide, /publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg, can usually be corrected and resubmitted within the same window if received early; there may be no time to do that for proposals submitted close to the deadline date.

DMR discourages the submission of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the proposal-submission window.

Employment Opportunities

Dear Colleagues,

Dr. Ian Robertson will be finishing his term as Director of the Division of Materials Research at the end of this calendar year.  A Dear Colleague Letter announcing a search for his replacement may be found  at:   /mps/dmr/dmr_dd_dcl_2012.pdf.  The official job advertisement is on USAjobs at:, with a closing date of August 6, 2012. 

This message is to announce that a recruiting committee has been assembled, and to encourage you to nominate candidates for this important position.  Please feel free to contact any of the following committee members with suggestions; self-nominations are accepted.

Juan dePablo, University of Wisconsin, (chair)

Sam Bader, Argonne National Laboratory,

Tim Lodge, University of Minnesota,

Tresa Pollock, University of California, Santa Barbara,

Matt Tirrell, University of Chicago,

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. .

Thank you for your help. 

Celeste M. Rohlfing


Celeste M. Rohlfing, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Director
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1005
Arlington, VA  22230

Dear Colleague Letter: Division of Materials Research (DMR), Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Employment Opportunity (HTML)

Broadening Participation

The NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) would like to call to your attention the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program (NSF 12-554), a program committed to broadening participation of under-represented minorities.  Please see the Dear Colleague Letter for more information (/pubs/2012/nsf12088/nsf12088.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click).

Click here for a recording of the June 18th webinar. DMR AGEP2012 Webinar

Special Announcements

NEW! Dear Colleague Letter: Sustainable Materials (HTML) (PDF) (TXT)
DMR announces an interest in proposals that target the discovery of new materials or make materials more sustainable through improved synthesis, enhanced applications, and/or advances in lifecycle management.

NSF seeks community input for the development of integrated data management infrastructures across the sciences and engineering.  For further information, please see: /mps/dataway/dataway.jsp .

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

MPS/DMR: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results. 

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Biomaterials (BMAT)
Ceramics (CER)
Chemistry and Materials Research in Cultural Heritage Science (CHS)
CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
Computational and Data driven Materials Research (CDMR)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)
Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)
Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM)
Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) Crosscutting
Materials Research Centers and Teams (MRCT)
Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN)
National Facilities
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Office of Special Programs Crosscutting
bullet International Materials Institutes  (IMI)
bullet Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad  (MWN)
bullet Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU) NSF Wide Flag
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
Physical and Engineering Sciences in Oncology Crosscutting
Polymers (POL)
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2)
Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation NSF Wide Flag

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program NSF Wide Flag

Major Research Instrumentation Program: NSF Wide Flag

Research Experiences for Undergraduates NSF Wide Flag

Research in Undergraduate Institutions NSF Wide Flag

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships NSF Wide Flag

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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

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  12-569) Full Proposal: September 12, 2012, Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica

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

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  12-563) Full Proposal: October 3, 2012

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  12-584) Letter of Intent: October 5, 2012, Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID)

News See All

a cobalt trimer placed on graphene A Direct Look at Graphene
Released August 1, 2012
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Released July 29, 2012
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Released July 26, 2012
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Released July 12, 2012
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Released July 9, 2012
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Released July 5, 2012
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Released July 2, 2012
News From the Field
solid-oxide fuel cells New Fuel Cell Keeps Going After the Hydrogen Runs Out
Released June 29, 2012
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011

Photo of Sossina Haile and William Chueh next to the benchtop thermochemical reactor. Future Fuels for Everyone Powered by the Sun
New scheme would use only sunlight, air and water to supply energy for cars, laptops, GPS systems
Released  April 6, 2011

Image of a Greek vase. Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery
What do cutting-edge research into future space travel and the investigation of ancient ceramic pots have in common? More than you'd think.
Released  March 28, 2011

Photo showing marshmallows representing hairy spheres connected with plastic coffee stirrers. Exotic Discovery Made in Soft Polymer
Novel nanostructure pattern never seen in a plastic material
Released  January 3, 2011

Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010

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