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Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)

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.

Supports research on novel devices based on the principles of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, opto- and electromechanics, electromagnetics and related physical phenomena.


The Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) Program supports innovative research on novel devices based on the principles of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, opto- and electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. EPMD’s goal is to advance the frontiers of micro-, nano- and quantum-based devices operating within the electromagnetic spectrum and contributing to a broad range of application domains including information and communications, imaging and sensing, healthcare, Internet of Things, energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing. The program encourages research based on emerging technologies for miniaturization, integration, and energy efficiency as well as novel material-based devices with new functionalities, improved efficiency, flexibility, tunability, wearability, and enhanced reliability.

Areas managed by Program Directors (please contact Program Directors listed in the EPMD staff directory for areas of interest):

Electronic Devices

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Wide/Extreme- and Narrow-Bandgap, Semiconductor Devices
  • Devices with New Functionalities based on Material-Device Interactions and Reliability
  • Device-Related Electromagnetic Effects, Propagation and Scattering
  • Microwave/mm-Wave/THz Devices
  • Flexible, Printed Electronics
  • Carbon-based Electronics
  • Thermoelectric and Ferroelectric Devices

Photonic Devices

  • Advanced Optical Emitters and Photodetectors, from Extreme UV to THz
  • Single-Photon Quantum Devices
  • Nonlinear and Ultrafast Photonics
  • Nanophotonics and Photonic Integration
  • Optical Imaging and Sensing Techniques
  • Opto-Mechanical Nanodevices
  • Optical Communication Components

Magnetic Devices

  • Biomagnetic Devices
  • Nanomagnetic and Quantum Devices
  • Spin Electronics for Next Generation of Logic and Memories


  • 2D Material Devices and Circuits
  • Devices based on Paper Electronics
  • Bioelectronic Devices
  • Photovoltaic and Energy Harvesting Devices
  • Metamaterial and Plasmonic-Based Devices
  • Sensor Device Technologies

Program contacts

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay
sbandyop@nsf.gov (703) 292-5392 ENG/ECCS
Premjeet Chahal
pchahal@nsf.gov (703) 292-7264 ENG/ECCS
Dominique Dagenais
ddagenai@nsf.gov (703) 292-2980 ENG/ECCS
Matthew McCune
mamccune@nsf.gov (703) 292-2906 ENG/ECCS
Usha Varshney
uvarshne@nsf.gov (703) 292-5385 ENG/ECCS

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