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Division of Materials Research

Biomaterials  (BMAT)


Name Email Phone Room
Joseph  A. Akkara jakkara@nsf.gov (703) 292-4946  1065 N  
Aleksandr  Simonian asimonia@nsf.gov (703) 292-2191  1065 N  


Apply to PD 06-7623 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Biomaterials program supports fundamental materials research related to (1) biological materials, (2) biomimetic, bioinspired, and bioenabled materials, (3) synthetic materials intended for applications in contact with biological systems, and (4) the processes through which nature produces biological materials.  Projects are typically interdisciplinary and may encompass scales from the nanoscopic to the bulk.  They may involve characterization, design, preparation, and modification; studies of structure-property relationships and interfacial behavior; and combinations of experiment, theory, and/or simulation.  The emphasis is on novel materials design and development and discovery of new phenomena.

Projects involving in vitro demonstration of biological compatibility and efficacy are appropriate, but the program can support only limited in vivo studies.  Tissue engineering and drug/gene delivery projects must have a specific focus on fundamental materials development and characterization.  Studies of the mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological materials and tissues and projects in molecular biophysics may be more appropriate for one or more of the NSF programs listed below under Related Programs.  Projects with an emphasis on device design and fabrication are generally more appropriate for a program in the NSF Engineering Directorate.


Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program - Includes the description of NSF 's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (NSF 11-690)

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (NSF 00-144)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 12-569)

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 12-513)


Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering



Biomechanics and Mechanobiology


Molecular Biophysics

Cellular Dynamics and Function

Genetic Mechanisms

Systems and Synthetic Biology

Physiological and Structural Systems

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry

Chemistry of Life Processes

Physics of Living Systems


2013 NSF Biomaterials Workshop Report: Important Areas for Future Investment

2010 NRC Report: Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences

2008 NRC Report: Inspired by Biology-From Molecules to Materials to Machines

Time Window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR Programs


Disciplinary Research Activities

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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