TITLE: Dear Colleague Letter - DMREF proposals to the Division of
Mathematical Sciences in fiscal year 2013 (nsf13026)
DATE: 12/3/2012
NSF 13-026
Dear Colleague Letter - DMREF proposals to the Division of
Mathematical Sciences in fiscal year 2013
Decemember 3, 2012
The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science
Foundation (NSF) is pleased to invite proposals in 2013 for the NSF
activity Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future
(DMREF). DMREF is part of NSF's second year of a national materials
initiative entitled the Materials Genome Initiative for Global
Competitiveness (MGI).
([1]http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/mate
rials_genome_initiative-final.pdf) MGI recognizes the importance of
materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and
aims to "deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible
today, at a fraction of the cost." The MGI national initiative
integrates all components in the continuum of materials design,
including materials discovery, development, property optimization,
systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and
deployment, with each employing the toolset that is being developed
within the materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will
integrate synergistically advanced computational methods with
data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental
techniques in such a manner as to revolutionize the approach to
materials research and engineering.
DMREF comprises well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates
of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer &
Information Science and Engineering. For further details and
participating divisions please see the broadly aimed Dear Colleague
Letter about DMREF in fiscal year 2013, posted for example on the MPS
web page, [2]NSF 13-025. As described in that Letter, success in the
initiative requires a collaborative, synergistic, iterative approach
that includes theory, computation, and experiments. This approach is
the central principle of MGI. Consequently DMREF proposals may be
reviewed jointly with divisions other than the one to which the
proposal is submitted. Commonality of aims, of MGI principles, and of
submission dates will facilitate joint review where appropriate. This
is intended to make it easier for different disciplines to join in
achieving the aims of MGI.
DMREF proposals submitted to the Division of Mathematical Sciences
must:
* be submitted within the window 15 January - 15 February 2013,
inclusive;
* be submitted to DMS as the division and to DMREF as the program;
* deal with problems in the range of issues described in the DMREF
Dear Colleague letter, [3]NSF 13-025
* seek new mathematical or statistical results that will advance the
DMREF agenda;
* describe a research plan that meets the central Materials Genome
Initiative principle of closely coupled, iterative interplay among
theory, computation, and experiment.
In addition,
* the title of a DMREF proposal should begin with the word "DMREF."
Proposals that do not seek new mathematical or statistical results may
nevertheless fit well with other NSF divisions that are participating
in DMREF, and mathematical scientists are strongly encouraged to join
any DMREF proposal that makes good use of their expertise. DMS
welcomes DMREF proposals from single investigators or from teams of
investigators. DMS does not require that team proposals involve at
least one expert from each of the areas of theory, computation, and
experiment. However, successful proposals to DMS will offer evidence
of that close, iterative collaboration among experts that is necessary
to meet the central MGI principle on which DMREF is based. Letters of
collaboration, which say what the collaborators will do for the
proposed project and that affirm the collaborators' participation in
the iterative interplay required for DMREF, are appropriate evidence.
In addition to the mathematical and statistical modeling and analysis
that occurs in the interactions among experiments, models, and
simulations, DMREF topics of special interest to DMS include, but are
not limited to:
* optimization of design in complicated, high-dimensional state
spaces;
* effective data mining methods to uncover relationships between
e.g. microstructure and bulk properties, or relationships among
composition, processing, and bulk properties;
* first-principles understanding of materials;
* and the computational challenges presented not only by multiscale
issues, but also by the problem of rapidly resolving differences
between theory and simulation in the face of experimental data.
The last example is similar to data assimilation and data fusion
problems encountered elsewhere, but here the possibilities offered by
better data and closely coupled iteration create new opportunities for
theoretical and algorithmic advances, on both the mathematical and
statistical sides.
Participants interested in submitting proposals are strongly
encouraged to first contact any of the program officers listed in the
main DMREF Letter. For DMS, please confer with Michael Steuerwalt
([4]msteuerw@nsf.gov).
Sastry G. Pantula
Division Director
Division of Mathematical Sciences
References
1. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/materials_
genome_initiative-final.pdf
2. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13025
3. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13025
4. mailto:msteuerw@nsf.gov