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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: Division of Material Research (DMR), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Condensed Matter and Materials Theory – Employment Opportunity for Program Director positions (DMR 15-002)

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)

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 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 Scalable Nanomanufacturing  (SNM)
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
Optics and Photonics (OP) Crosscutting

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

(NSF  16-502) Posted October 8, 2015

Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
(NSF  15-608) Posted September 15, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 27, 2015, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; Materials Research

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 29, 2015, Psychology; Social Sciences; STEM Education and Learning

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 30, 2015, Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: November 2, 2015, All proposals to the Directorate for Engineering - Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, and Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

News See All

Dear Colleague Letter - Division Director, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Employment Opportunity
Updated October 9, 2015
a crystal of scandium trifluoride Caution: Shrinks when warm
Released October 6, 2015
News From the Field
bismuth ions align along the electric field Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials
Released October 1, 2015
News From the Field
Karina Guziewicz Penn Vet-Temple team characterizes genetic mutations linked to a form of blindness
Released October 1, 2015
News From the Field
Ting Zhu and Shuman Xia Nano-mechanical study offers new assessment of silicon for next-gen batteries
Released September 24, 2015
News From the Field
Michael Jewett Protein conjugation method offers new possibilities for biomaterials
Released September 23, 2015
News From the Field
untreated liquid crystals (top) Liquid crystals show potential for detection of neurodegenerative disease
Released September 23, 2015
News From the Field
an artistic representation of the genetic codes Proteins assemble and disassemble on command
Released September 21, 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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