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Mechanics of Materials  (MOM)


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Thomas  Siegmund tsiegmun@nsf.gov (703) 292-7060   


Apply to PD 14-1630 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). NSF anticipates release of the PAPPG in the Fall of 2014. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2015 - February 17, 2015

February 1 - February 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015

September 1 - September 15, Annually Thereafter

Due dates repeat annually. Please reference the CMMI main page for further specifics concerning unsolicited proposal submission windows.


The Mechanics of Materials program supports fundamental research on the behavior of solid materials and respective devices under external actions.  A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis placed on fundamental understanding that i) advances theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in Mechanics of Materials, and/or ii) uses contemporary Mechanics of Materials methods to address modern challenges in material and device mechanics and physics. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging material systems across time and length scales.

Intellectual merit typically includes advances in fundamental understanding of deformation, fracture, fatigue, and contact through constitutive modeling, multiscale and multiphysics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques. Recent interests comprise, but are not limited to:  contemporary materials including multiphase materials and material systems, soft materials, active materials, low-dimensional materials, phononic/elastic metamaterials, friction, wear; multiphysics methods, mechanics at the nano, meso and microscale and multiscale integration thereof, as well as approaches incorporating fundamental understanding of physics and chemistry into the continuum-level understanding of the response characteristics of materials and material systems.

Broader impacts include, but are not limited to: advancing the relevant application of Mechanics of Materials to problems in new technological domains and engineering practice; increasing awareness of the importance and role of Mechanics of Materials in other scientific communities as well as society in general; impacting graduate education in Mechanics of Materials across the US; strengthening undergraduate and K-12 education in and exposure to Mechanics of Materials; and engaging and encouraging the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

Proposers who wish to discuss their proposed research related to the Mechanics of Materials program should discuss it with the Program Director after sending a one-page white paper by email.



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