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Polymers (POL)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-612 and NSF 20-588 for the latest documents.

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 DMR Polymers Program supports fundamental research and education on polymeric materials and polymer science. The Program portfolio is mainly experimental and highly diverse with components of materials science, chemistry, physics, and other related disciplines. While interdisciplinarity is stressed, a central goal includes developing and advancing the foundations of polymer science across the wide horizon of the polymer field through innovative research and education projects.  Polymers are studied from the molecular level through the nano-to-macro continuum using fundamental materials-focused scientific approaches. Such approaches are experimental but may also partly integrate theoretical, modeling, and computational aspects.  Broad areas addressed include synthesis and assembly, characterization, phase behavior, structure, morphology, and properties.  Particular focus is on transformative approaches to innovative materials with superior properties, on advancing polymer fundamentals and optimizing structure-property relationships, as well as on basic polymer research addressing major societal challenges.  High-quality proposals that integrate research, education, and other broader impacts are invited.  Projects focused on processing, manufacturing, engineering, devices, or applications of polymers are generally more suitable for programs in the NSF Engineering Directorate.

Program contacts

Andrew J. Lovinger
Program Director (POL)
alovinge@nsf.gov (703) 292-4933 MPS/DMR

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