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Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

CMMI Overview

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) is one of the five divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s mission through:

  • Advances in knowledge to enable manufacturing, design and use of engineering materials, and building technologies across scales from nanometers to kilometers, 
  • Advances that improve the resilience and sustainability of the nation's civil infrastructure, including reduction of risk and damage from natural and human-induced disasters, and
  • Advances in engineering mathematics, engineering decision-making, and systems control and engineering.

The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines supported across NSF to promote transformative advances in support of the CMMI mission. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology, and simulation. The integration of research and education is supported across all programs of the Division.

CMMI is organized into four program clusters, each containing three to five research programs:

CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows

All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15, with the exception of the Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) program.

Each of these unsolicited proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the window, and closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the window closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the following federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review. For proposals submitted under special announcements or solicitations, please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

The GEM program is the sole CMMI program exception to this unsolicited proposal submission schedule: GEM unsolicited proposals are accepted throughout the year. GEM proposals submitted to other program solicitations, including CAREER and other CMMI programs, must continue to meet their respective deadlines.

CMMI is committed to supporting both single-investigator and team research, including larger-scale unsolicited proposals that are not feasible through a series of smaller projects and are not achievable by a single principal investigator (PI). These larger-scale proposals may request longer time frames (up to five years) and larger budgets (typically not exceeding $1,500,000) that reflect the scope of work. Larger-scale project descriptions must make a convincing case that collaborative contributions will be greater than the sum of each individual investigator's contribution, and are expected to include a Collaboration Plan. PIs are strongly encouraged to discuss the objectives, scope, research team, and budget of larger-scale proposals with the appropriate CMMI program director(s) prior to proposal preparation and submission.

Principal Investigators are referred to each program's "What Has Been Funded" tab to learn about the recent history of CMMI awards.

Broader Impacts

Broader impacts are integral to proposal merit review. Read more.

CMMI Guidelines for REU Supplements

May 26, 2016 - CMMI participates in the support of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplements as outlined in NSF 13-542 with the following conditions specific to CMMI: 

  • REU supplement proposals submitted to CMMI programs are accepted only between September 1 and March 31 each fiscal year, and should be submitted at least three months before the desired start of the proposed activity. 
  • CMMI provides support for one REU student per active award in an amount up to $5,000, with the exception that an additional $5,000 in support may be provided for a second student if that student is a pre-selected woman, minority or disabled student.  
  • If the REU student is pre-selected, the student's CV must be provided with the supplement proposal. If the REU student is not pre-selected, the recruitment process and selection criteria must be outlined.
  • Requests for REU supplements must be made on an annual basis, and expiring awards may not receive a no-cost extension only to enable the principal investigator to submit an REU supplement request. 
  • CMMI does not accept proposals for REU sites.

Note on Proposal Compliance

Please note that CMMI checks all proposals submitted to the Division for compliance with the proposal submission requirements of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide current at the time of proposal submission.  The Division enforces the GPG requirements and returns without review all non-compliant proposals.


Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Mechanics & Engineering Materials
bullet Biomechanics and Mechanobiology  (BMMB)
bullet Design of Engineering Material Systems  (DEMS)
bullet Mechanics of Materials and Structures  (MOMS)
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
bullet Civil Infrastructure Systems  (CIS)
bullet Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings  (RSB)
bullet Engineering for Natural Hazards  (ENH)
bullet Geotechnical Engineering and Materials  (GEM)
bullet Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events  (IMEE)
bullet Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure  (NHERI)
bullet Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials  (SAEM)
Operations, Design, and Dynamic Systems (ODDS)
bullet Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics  (DCSD)
bullet Engineering and Systems Design  (ESD)
bullet Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research  (SMOR)
bullet Systems Science  (SYS)
Other activities supported by CMMI
Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP)
bullet Additional Funding Opportunities for the CNS Community
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
bullet Advanced Manufacturing
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems (CRISP)
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Posted March 31, 2016

US Ignite:
(NSF  16-553) Posted March 16, 2016

Cybermanufacturing Systems
(PD  16-018Y) Posted March 14, 2016

Cyber-Physical Systems
(NSF  16-549) Posted March 1, 2016

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Posted February 26, 2016

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Cyber-Physical Systems
(NSF  16-549) Full Proposal: June 7, 2016

US Ignite:
(NSF  16-553) Full Proposal: June 14, 2016

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Letter of Intent: July 5, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Full Proposal: July 11, 2016

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 20, 2016, BIO, CISE, EHR

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