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Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices  (EPMD)

Name Email Phone Room
Dominique  Dagenais (703) 292-8339   
Eric  G. Johnson (703) 292-7718   
Paul  Lane (703) 292-8339   
Dimitris  Pavlidis (703) 292-8339   
Usha  Varshney (703) 292-8339   


Apply to PD 18-1517 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures 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

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2018 - November 1, 2018

    October 1 - November 1, Annually Thereafter

        ECCS Submission Window

Supplement Deadline Date

    April 1, 2019

    April 1, Annually Thereafter

        ECCS REU/RET Supplements

Please read ECCS Proposal Window and Submission Information for further details and exceptions regarding full proposal submissions to the Division.

The Division deadline for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Supplements is April 1st unless this date occurs on a federal holiday or weekend. Please note: The ECCS Division has established an $8,000.00 REU limit per student. Please contact your Program Director for further details. 


The Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) Program supports innovative research on novel devices based on the principles of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, opto- and electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. EPMD’s goal is to advance the frontiers of micro-, nano- and quantum-based devices operating within the electromagnetic spectrum and contributing to a broad range of application domains including information and communications, imaging and sensing, healthcare, Internet of Things, energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing. The program encourages research based on emerging technologies for miniaturization, integration, and energy efficiency as well as novel material-based devices with new functionalities, improved efficiency, flexibility, tunability, wearability, and enhanced reliability.

Areas managed by Program Directors (please contact Program Directors listed in the EPMD staff directory for areas of interest):

Electronic Devices

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Wide/Extreme- and Narrow-Bandgap, Semiconductor Devices
  • Devices with New Functionalities based on Material-Device Interactions and Reliability
  • Device-Related Electromagnetic Effects, Propagation and Scattering
  • Microwave/mm-Wave/THz Devices
  • Flexible, Printed Electronics
  • Carbon-based Electronics
  • Thermoelectric and Ferroelectric Devices

Photonic Devices

  • Advanced Optical Emitters and Photodetectors, from Extreme UV to THz
  • Single-Photon Quantum Devices
  • Nonlinear and Ultrafast Photonics
  • Nanophotonics and Photonic Integration
  • Optical Imaging and Sensing Techniques
  • Opto-Mechanical Nanodevices
  • Optical Communication Components

Magnetic Devices

  • Biomagnetic Devices
  • Nanomagnetic and Quantum Devices
  • Spin Electronics for Next Generation of Logic and Memories


  • 2D Material Devices and Circuits
  • Devices based on Paper Electronics
  • Bioelectronic Devices
  • Photovoltaic and Energy Harvesting Devices
  • Metamaterial and Plasmonic-Based Devices
  • Sensor Device Technologies

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program