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Division of Materials Research

Biomaterials  (BMAT)

Name Email Phone Room
Joseph  A. Akkara (703) 292-4946  1065 N  
Aleksandr  Simonian (703) 292-2191  1065 N  


Apply to PD 06-7623 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

    October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

    October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

    October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

If the closing date for the submission window falls on a weekend, the closing date moves to the following Monday. The last date of the submission window is an absolute deadline date and proposals must be received by NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.

The submission window applies to unsolicited proposals submitted to DMR programs, except for the following which may be submitted at any time during the year: Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), proposals for workshops or conferences, proposals to the DMR National Facilities Program, and supplements to existing grants. For proposals submitted in response to special announcements or solicitations, the deadline dates specified in the announcement or solicitation apply.

We strongly advise Principal Investigators and Sponsored Research Offices to submit early and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF.

DMR discourages the submission of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the proposal-submission window.


The Biomaterials program supports fundamental materials research related to (1) biological materials, (2) biomimetic, bioinspired, and bioenabled materials, (3) synthetic materials intended for applications in contact with biological systems, and (4) the processes through which nature produces biological materials.  Projects are typically interdisciplinary and may encompass scales from the nanoscopic to the bulk.  They may involve characterization, design, preparation, and modification; studies of structure-property relationships and interfacial behavior; and combinations of experiment, theory, and/or simulation.  The emphasis is on novel materials design and development and discovery of new phenomena.

Projects involving in vitro demonstration of biological compatibility and efficacy are appropriate, but the program can support only limited in vivo studies.  Tissue engineering and drug/gene delivery projects must have a specific focus on fundamental materials development and characterization.  Studies of the mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological materials and tissues and projects in molecular biophysics may be more appropriate for one or more of the NSF programs listed below under Related Programs.  Projects with an emphasis on device design and fabrication are generally more appropriate for a program in the NSF Engineering Directorate.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 13-542)

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) (NSF 14-579)

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Includes the description of NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (NSF 15-555)

Dear Colleague Letter: Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) (NSF 16-099)


Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BME)



Biomechanics and Mechanobiology


Molecular Biophysics

Cellular Dynamics and Function

Genetic Mechanisms

Systems and Synthetic Biology

Physiological and Structural Systems

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry

Chemistry of Life Processes

Physics of Living Systems

2013 NSF Biomaterials Workshop Report: Important Areas for Future Investment

2010 NRC Report: Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences

2008 NRC Report: Inspired by Biology-From Molecules to Materials to Machines


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program