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Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-612 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


Materials Research is the field of science where physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering naturally converge in the pursuit of the fundamental understanding of the properties of materials and the phenomena they host. Materials are abundant and pervasive, serving as critical building blocks in technology and innovation. Materials Research impacts life and society, as it shapes our understanding of the material world and enables significant advances spanning the range from nanoelectronics to health-related fields. The development and deployment of advanced materials are major drivers of U.S. economic growth.

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. DMR supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are not only essential for the development of future technologies and industries that address societal needs, but also for the preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

This solicitation applies to seven DMR Topical Materials Research Programs (TMRPs): Biomaterials (BMAT), Ceramics (CER), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). The Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) program has its own solicitation. Applicants to CMMT must apply through solicitation NSF 20-582.

All proposals submitted to these seven DMR-TMRPs (other than the following exceptions) must be submitted through this solicitation, otherwise they will be returned without review. Exceptions are proposals through mechanisms that have their own solicitation, such as the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and the Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions and Research Opportunity Awards (RUI/ROA) program. CAREER proposals must be submitted to the CAREER program by the deadline date specified in the program solicitation. RUI/ROA proposals have no deadline: they should be submitted through the RUI/ROA solicitation, but are subject to the same submission constraints as other proposals submitted to the DMR-TMRPs. Proposals for EAGER, RAPID, RAISE, and conferences, as well as supplemental funding requests for existing grants, are not subject to the limitations in this solicitation and may be submitted any time after consultation with and approval from the cognizant Program Officer(s). EAGER/RAPID/RAISE and conference proposals, as well as requests for supplemental funding submitted without prior approval by a Program Officer will be returned without review.

Program contacts

Tomasz Durakiewicz
Program Director, DMR/CMP
tdurakie@nsf.gov (703) 292-4892 MPS/DMR
Tom N. Oder
Program Director, DMR/CMP
toder@nsf.gov (703) 292-8590 MPS/DMR
Elizabeth K. Mann
Program Director, DMR/CMP
elmann@nsf.gov (703) 292-4821 MPS/DMR
James H. Edgar
Program Director, DMR/EPM
jedgar@nsf.gov (703) 292-2053 MPS/DMR
Paul A. Lane
Program Director, DMR/EPM
plane@nsf.gov (703) 292-2453 MPS/DMR
Judith Yang
Program Director, DMR/MMN
juyang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7086 MPS/DMR
Andrew J. Lovinger
Program Director, DMR/POL
alovinge@nsf.gov (703) 292-4933 MPS/DMR
Bryan Boudouris
Program Director, DMR/POL
bboudour@nsf.gov (703) 292-7951 MPS/DMR
Birgit Schwenzer
Program Director, DMR/SSMC
bschwenz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4771 MPS/DMR
Robert Meulenberg
Program Director, DMR/SSMC
rmeulenb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7106 MPS/DMR
Nitsa Rosenzweig
nirosenz@nsf.gov TBD MPS/DMR

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