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Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

CMMI Overview

The Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division is one of the four research divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and materials design. In addition, the Division has a focus on the reduction of risks and damage resulting from earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote transformative advances in civil, mechanical and industrial systems and manufacturing technologies. 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.

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

Advanced Manufacturing
Mechanics and Engineering Materials
Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
Operations, Design and Dynamical Systems

CMMI also accepts interdisciplinary proposals on nanotechnology topics from teams of researchers. Should you have questions, please contact the director of the programs closest to the primary area of research. The deadlines, preparation, and review criteria follow the same rules as regular proposals. PIs of such proposals are strongly encouraged to contact the director of the primary program area prior to preparing such a proposal.



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. Each of these windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM 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 PM 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.

NOTE:  While the dates for the CMMI unsolicited proposal window in fall remain September 1-15, 2014, the dates for the CMMI unsolicited proposal window in spring are changed to February 1-17, 2015

Broader Impacts

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

DMREF Deadline Extended

In light of recent weather related issues in the northeast, the Thursday, January 29, 2015 deadline for DMREF proposal submission will be extended by 4 days. The new deadline is 5 PM local time on Monday, February 2, 2015.

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR)

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) welcomes the submission of transformative, interdisciplinary research proposals. Many ENG programs fund interdisciplinary proposals.  ENG participates in the NSF-wide INSPIRE mechanism, designed for unusually creative high-risk/high-reward interdisciplinary proposals

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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

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Advanced Manufacturing
bullet Design of Engineering Material Systems  (DEMS)
bullet Manufacturing Machines and Equipment  (MME)
bullet Materials Engineering and Processing  (MEP)
bullet NanoManufacturing  (NM)
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  (SAE)
Other activities supported by CMMI
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP)
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Crosscutting
IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering 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 - S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) Crosscutting
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure
(NSF  15-598) Posted August 3, 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

Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research
(PD  15-006Y) Posted April 5, 2015

Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics
(PD  15-7569) Posted March 13, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Full Proposal: August 4, 2015

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 18, 2015

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 26, 2015, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
(PD  14-7479) Full Proposal: September 15, 2015

Civil Infrastructure Systems
(PD  15-1631) Full Proposal: September 15, 2015

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