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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

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 Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (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)


Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2014 - September 15, 2014

September 1 - September 15, Annually Thereafter

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

February 1 - February 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.



In furtherance of the President's Management Agenda, NSF has identified programs that will offer proposers the option to utilize Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals, or will require that proposers utilize Grants.gov to prepare and submit proposals. Grants.gov provides a single Government-wide portal for finding and applying for Federal grants online.

In response to this program solicitation, proposers may opt to submit proposals via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system.


Results from Recent MOM-Sponsored Workshops/Symposia 

Barycentric Coordinates in Graphics Processing and Finite/Boundary Element Methods

July 2012

The MOM program supported a workshop on Barycentric Coordinates in Graphics Processing and Finite/Boundary Element Methods in July 2012.  The workshop was organized by Natarajan Sukumar of UC Davis, Gautam Dasgupta and Eitan Grinspun (Columbia University), and Kai Hormann (University of Lugano, Switzerland).  Information regarding the workshop, including links to all lectures and posters (PDFs) and a summary report can be found at:


Materials Design: Industry/University Collaborations and the Materials Genome Initiative

May 2012

The MOM program supported a workshop on Materials Design at Brown University  in May 2012.  The workshop was organized by Allan Bower , Clyde  Briant, Pradeep Guduru, Nitin Padture, and Brian Sheldon of Brown.  The workshop brought together key stakeholders from industry, universities, and government to explore new ways to work together to accelerate innovation for the discovery, development, and deployment  of advanced materials.  Information regarding the workshop, including links to all lectures (videos and PDFs) can be found at:


Future Directions in Mechanics Research: "New Frontiers of Solid Mechanics - From Earthquakes to Single Molecules

June 2011

The MOM program supported a workshop to gather and share information on possible future directions in mechanics research.  It was organized by Huajian Gao and Kyung-Suk Kim of Brown University, and Ares Rosakis and Guruswami Ravichandran of the California Institute of Technology.  The workshop leveraged the opportunities of reviewing past and ongoing research in solid mechanics by concurrently co-organizing a Symposium to recognize the accomplishments of Ben Freund  that was supported by separate private organizations.  Information regarding the workshop can be found at:


Mechanics of Liquid and Solid Foams

May 2011

The MOM program, along with the CBET Fluid Dynamics program, provided support for the IUTAM symposium  "Mechanics of Liquid and Solid Foams," co-organized by Andy Kraynik Sandia National labs) and Stelios Kyriakides (U Texas, Austin) in May 2011. The symposium led to the publication of six articles in the Journal of Rheology in May 2012 and 16 articles in the International Journal of Solids and Structures (IJSS, Volume 49, Issues 19-20).  Elsevier is promoting  the special issue of IJSS by making it freely available on the  website of the journal until December 31, 2012.  These papers can be found at:


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