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Please see the Dear Colleague Letter- International Collaboration in the Division of Materials Research

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Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals: NSF and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Opportunity for Collaborations in Materials Research (DMR 15-097)

Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)

Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2016 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity (NSF 15-085)

Employment Opportunities

Physical Scientist (Program Director), MPS/DMR, AD-1301-04 (Closes: 11/20/2015)


Submission Window for Unsolicited Proposals

Starting in 2009, the window for submitting unsolicited proposals to DMR begins on September 1 and ends on October 31, annually. If the closing date for the submission window falls on a weekend, the closing date moves to the following Monday. The last date of the submission window is an absolute deadline date and proposals must be received by NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.

The submission window applies to unsolicited proposals submitted to DMR programs, except for the following which may be submitted at any time during the year: Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), proposals for workshops or conferences, proposals to the DMR National Facilities Program, and supplements to existing grants. For proposals submitted in response to special announcements or solicitations, the deadline dates specified in the announcement or solicitation apply.

We strongly advise Principal Investigators and Sponsored Research Offices to submit early and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF. Proposals that have formatting problems or are otherwise non-compliant with the Grant Proposal Guide, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg, can usually be corrected and resubmitted within the same window if received early; there may be no time to do that for proposals submitted close to the deadline date.

DMR discourages the submission across all DMR's programs of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator (as PI or co-PI) during the DMR Annual proposal-submission window each fall.

For more information about DMR proposal submission, visit the DMR Proposals page.

Broadening Participation

For further information, please see http://www.nsf.gov/mps/dmr/diversity.jsp

MPS/DMR: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results. 

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Disciplinary Research Activities
bullet Biomaterials  (BMAT)
bullet Ceramics  (CER)
bullet Condensed Matter and Materials Theory  (CMMT)
bullet Condensed Matter Physics  (CMP)
bullet Electronic and Photonic Materials  (EPM)
bullet Metals and Metallic Nanostructures  (MMN)
bullet Optics and Photonics  (OP) Crosscutting
bullet Polymers  (POL)
bullet Solid State and Materials Chemistry  (SSMC)
DMR Centers, Teams, Instrumentation, Facilities, Education, and International
bullet Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers  (MRSEC)
bullet National Facilities
bullet Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials  (PREM)
Cross Division/Directorate Funding Opportunities
bullet CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
bullet Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering  (CDS&E)
bullet Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum  (EARS)
bullet NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS  (NSF-NIST)
bullet Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2  (SI2-S2I2) Crosscutting
bullet Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI  (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)
Office of Special Programs in Materials Research Crosscutting
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

Faculty Early Career Development Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Scalable Nanomanufacturing
(NSF  16-513) Posted November 10, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
(NSF  16-511) Posted November 5, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Posted October 14, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Posted October 14, 2015

(NSF  16-502) Posted October 8, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: December 3, 2015, All proposals to the Division of Physics

CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
(NSF  15-512) Full Proposal: December 7, 2015

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: December 9, 2015, All proposals to the Division of Mathematical Sciences

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Letter of Intent: December 9, 2015, Applies to both tracks

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
(NSF  16-511) Letter of Intent: January 11, 2016

News See All

Paul Klimov adjusts the intensity of a laser beam Strange quantum phenomenon achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers
Released November 20, 2015
News From the Field
distortion symmetry A new symmetry underlies the search for new materials
Released November 17, 2015
News From the Field
Nigel Goldenfeld and Hong-Yan Shih Ecological extinction explains how turbulence dies
Released November 17, 2015
News From the Field
computer model of gold nanoparticles and ligands Researchers detail how to control shape, structure of DNA and RNA
Released November 11, 2015
News From the Field
Jie Lian From 2-D to 3-D: The quest to make graphene fibers more conductive and stronger
Released November 5, 2015
News From the Field
Charles McLaren uses an electric field Researchers see a greener age for glass-forming
Released November 3, 2015
News From the Field
ultrasensitive gas detection of b-doped graphene Ultrasensitive sensors made from boron-doped graphene
Released November 2, 2015
News From the Field
chemistry graphic Team discovers way to 'tune' abundant elements for semiconductor use
Released October 29, 2015
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

student and professor in a glass lab A sustainable model for academic diversity
Outreach from NSF-supported Lehigh-Penn State research institute focuses on long-term impact
Released  September 18, 2015

Anna Balazs After the Lecture: Anna Balazs
Materials scientist Anna Balazs on her journey from Hungary, inspiration from her parents and the future of biosensing
Released  July 2, 2015

mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  June 19, 2015

ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 2015

Lisa Manning Materials, like metallic glass, can help us understand how cells break
Research could lead to faster wound recovery and prove valuable in constructing buildings, producing golf clubs and more
Released  March 17, 2015

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