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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Materials Engineering and Processing  (MEP)


Name Email Phone Room
Yick  G. Hsuan yhsuan@nsf.gov (703) 292-7014   
Alexis  Lewis alewis@nsf.gov (703) 292-2624  545.19  
Mary  Toney mtoney@nsf.gov (703) 292-7008   

For research inquiries concerning the following research areas, contact the program director listed below (see below for a description of these areas):

Functional Materials: PD TBD

Structural Materials: Grace Hsuan

Materials Processing: Mary Toney


Apply to PD 13-8092 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 - October 1, 2014

September 1 - October 1, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  January 15, 2015 - February 17, 2015

January 15 - February 15, Annually Thereafter

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


The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Research proposals should be driven by the performance or output of the material system relative to the targeted application(s). Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged when suitable. Materials in bulk form or focus on special zones such as surfaces or interfaces that are to be used in structural and/or functional applications are appropriate. All material systems are of interest including polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, composites and hybrids thereof. Analytical, experimental, and numerical studies are supported and collaborative proposals with industry (GOALI) are encouraged.

Areas of interest include:

Functional Materials - materials that possess native properties and functions that can be controlled by external forces such as temperature, light, electric field, pH, etc. These include materials that exhibit properties such as electronic, magnetic, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, photovoltaic, chromogenic, shape memory, thermoelectric or self-healing, etc.

Structural Materials - materials that, in service, bear mechanical load. Length scales from nano to meso to macro are of interest as are materials in the bulk or in special configuration such as thin film. These include materials such as metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, ceramics, hybrids, cement, etc.

Materials Processing - processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. These include processes such as extrusion, molding, casting, deposition, sintering, printing, etc. Proposed research should include the consideration of cost, performance, and feasibility of scale-up, as appropriate. Research that addresses multi-scale and/or multi-functional materials systems is encouraged as is research in support of environmentally-benign manufacturing. 


Design of Engineering Material Systems

Mechanics of Materials


Slides from the NSF Webinar on the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP), August 21, 2013

Dear Colleague Letter - Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)


Advanced Manufacturing

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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