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Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN)

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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.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is working jointly with counterpart national, regional and multinational funding organizations worldwide to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research and education between US investigators and their colleagues abroad. This solicitation promotes joint activities between the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)and funding organizations in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to fundamental materials and condensed matter research supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR). Projects not having this focus will not be considered for funding. Proposals will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas supported by DMR: condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, metallic materials and nanostructures, ceramics, electronic and photonic materials, and condensed matter and materials theory. For areas supported by DMR seehttp://www.nsf.gov/materials.  In addition, this year the Materials World Network (MWN) program will particularly focus on proposals related to Sustainable Materials, DMR's effort inSustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM).  This initiative is described by NSF 12-095 and is aimed at enabling the basic science and engineering discoveries that will reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and improve efficiency of industrial processes.  Research projects that target the discovery of new materials or make materials more sustainable through improved synthesis, enhanced applications, and/or advances in lifecycle management are particularly encouraged for the Materials World Network program.  It is strongly recommended that proposers contact the cognizant program officer listed in this solicitation to ascertain that the scientific focus of the proposed research is appropriate for the solicitation. Proposals not appropriate for consideration by the Division of Materials Research will be returned without review. 

Proposals that focus on any area of interest to the Division of Materials Research will be considered.  

Program contacts

Contacts at other organizations:

Contact information in participating countries or regions is provided for the convenience of researchers in those countries or regions. Questions from US investigators should be directed to NSF.

Contacts in Africa:


Kenya National Academy of Sciences

 P.O. Box 39450-00623, Nairobi, Kenya
 Tel: 254-020-3111714; Fax: 254-020-311715
 Chairman: Professor Raphael M. Munavu
 Hon. Secretary General: Prof. Ratemo Michieka
 P.O.  Box 30197-00100 GPO Nairobi
TUNISIAMinistry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
 Prof. Manef Abderrabba
 National Coordinator of Materials Sciences
 Tel: +216 71 740 048 , Cell: +216 98 64 30 10
 Fax: +216 71 746 551 ; manef.abderrabba@ipest.rnu.tn;

Contacts in the America:

BRAZIL (São Paulo) São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
 Mr. Alexandre Roccatto
 Area Director for Engineering and Natural Sciences


Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)

 Catalina Palma Herrera
 International Liaison, Joint Research Projects
 International Relations Department
 Fono: (56-2) 435 4304 / 562-365 4421
 Fax: (56-2) 435 4313
 email: cpalma@conicyt.cl
MEXICOConsejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)
 Margarita Irene Calleja Y Queved
 Directora de Investigación Aplicada
 Av. Insurgentes Sur 1582, 6° piso ala Sur
 Colonia Crédito Constructor, Benito Júarez,
 México, D.F. 03940
 Tel. (55) 5322 7700 Ext. 6200

Contacts in Europe and Eurasia:


Austrian Science Fund (FWF)




Sensengasse 1;  A - 1090 Vienna


Dr. Doris Rakoczy, Scientific Administrator


Tel.: +43 1 505 67 40 8403, doris.rakoczy@fwf.ac.at




Ministry of Science, Education and Sports




Directorate-General for Science and Technology

 Directorate for International Cooperation, Programs and Projects of the European Union


Donje Svetice 38


10000 Zagreb, Hrvastska, Croatia


Marija Crnic, Senior Adviser


Tel: +385 1 4594 353; Fax: +385 1 4594 316; marija.crnic@mzos.hr




Academy of Finland: Research Council for Natural Sciences & Engineering


http://www.aka.fi/ (also http://www.research.fi)


P.O. Box 131, FIN - 00531 Helsinki


Dr. Jan Bäckman , Science Adviser


Tel. +358 9 7748 8394, jan.backman@aka.fi




Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)




212, rue de Bercy  F-75012 Paris, France


Dr. Isabelle Morelon; Tel: +33 1 78 09 80 54;




Dr. Jean-Pierre Chevalier; Tel: +33 1 78 09 81 14;






Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft




Kennedyallee 40, D-53175 Bonn, Germany


Dr. Michael Moessle, Program Director for Condensed Matter Physics


Tel +49 28/8 85-2351; michael.moessle@dfg.de


Other German Organizations


Will be coordinated through Dr. Michael Moessle


See: http://www.dfg.de/dfg_profil/im_internationalen_kontext/dachorganisationen_verbuende/materials_world_network/index.htm



General Secretariat for Research and Technology




14-18 Messogeion Avenue, 115 10 Athens, Greece


Kelly Vavasi, Senior Project Officer


International Science and Technology Cooperation Directorate


Tel: +30 210 7702822, +30 210 7458113; fax: +30 210 7714153; kvavasi@gsrt.gr



Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche (CNR)




Via dei delle Taurini 19, 00185 Rome, Italy


Dr. Antonella Tajani


Tel : +39 06 4993 7402 ; Mobile : +39 366 671 95 48






Fonds National de la Recherche


6, rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, P.O. Box 1777


L-1017 Luxembourg-Kirchberg


Mrs. Christiane Kaell, Senior Program Manager


Tel: 00352-261925-34, christiane.kaell@fnr.lu



Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Centre, Poland)


Ul. Królewska 57


30-081 Kraków, Poland


Anna Plater-Zyberk, International Relations Officer


Tel: 00 48 12 341 90 28, mailto: Anna.Plater@ncn.gov.pl



Executive Agency for Higher Education,Research, Development and Innovation Funding


Mendeleev Street, No: 21-25 Bucharest, Romania


Ms. Adriana Rotar; tel: +40-21-307-1967, mailto:adriana.rotar@uefiscsu.ro




Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)




32a, Leninsky prospect, 11991, Moscow, Russia


Maria Baktysheva, Head Expert, International Relations Department


Tel: 7 (495) 938-56-24; Fax: 7 (495) 938-54-56; prokhor@rfbr.ru




Slovenian Researh Agency (ARRS)




Bleiweisova cesta 30, 100 Ljubljana, Slovenia


Dr. Primož Pristovšek


Head of Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation


Tel./Fax: +386-(0)1-400 5971/5;primoz.pristovsek@arrs.si



Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation

 Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness




C/Albacete, 5


28027 Madrid - SPAIN


Dr. Rocío Lansac; Tel +34-91-603-77-54; rocio.lansac@mineco.es


Prof. Jacobo Santamaria ; Tel +34-91-394-43-67 ; jacsan@fis.ucm.es




Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)




Postbus 3021, 3502 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands


Dr. Erik Kreiter, Program Officer


Tel: +31-30-6001217, Fax: +31-30-6014406










Tunus Caddesi No. 80, 06100 Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey


Ms. Elif Özkaragöz, (MES)


Scientific Programs Expert


EU FP7 International Cooperation Activities (INCO) National Contact Point


International Cooperation Department-Bilateral and Multilateral Relations Division


Tel: +90 312 468 53 00 ext. 2760; Fax: +90 312 427 74 83







State Fund for Fundamental Research




16 Shevchenko Blvd, Kyuv, 01601, Ukraine


Dr. Andrey Ragulya, Deputy Director, Institute for Problems in Materials Science





Contacts in Asia:


National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)




83 Shuangqing Road, Haidian District,  Beijing, 100085, China


Dr. Kexin Chen, Division of Inorganic Non-Metallic Materials


Department of Engineering and Material Sciences


Tel.: 86-10-62327144; Fax : 86-10-62327133;




Chinese researchers must check with NSFC regarding eligible topical areas at NSFC.



KOREANational Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
 201 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-754, Republic of Korea
 Kim Deug Joong, Ph.D.
 Director of Division of Engineering
 Tel: +82 42 869 6505, Fax: +82 42 869 6536
 E-mail: kimdj@nrf.re.kr


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)




Mr. Kiyoshi Saito, Head, Research Cooperation Division I


International Program Department


8 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8471, Japan






New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)




Mr. Shoji Kukita, Director General


Technological Development Promotion Department


Tel. 81-44-520-5170; mailto:takakurahdk@nedo.go.jp




Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)




Mr. Motohide Seya, Director


Department of Research Projects


K's Goban-cho, 7, Goban-cho


Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0076, Japan


Tel: 81-3-3512-3528; Fax: 81-3-3222-2068; kokusai@jst.go.jp




National Science Council



 21F, 106 Ho-Ping E. Rd. Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan 10636 


Prof. Dr. Willis T. Lin, Director General,


Department of International Cooperation


Tel:  886-2-2737-7558; linwt@nsc.gov.tw

 Ms. Jennifer Hu, Program Director
 Tel: 886-2-2737-7560; jenhu@nsc.gov.tw
Michael J. Scott
mjscott@nsf.gov (703) 292-4771

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