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Division of Materials Research

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs  (DMR-TMRP)

Name Email Phone Room
Randy  Duran (703) 292-5326   
Steve  Smith (703) 292-8158   
Tomasz  Durakiewicz (703) 292-4892   
Germano  S. Iannacchione (703) 292-4946   
Tom  N. Oder (703) 292-8590   
Robert  L. Opila (703) 292-7812   
James  H. Edgar (703) 292-2053   
Judith  Yang (703) 292-7086   
Andrew  J. Lovinger (703) 292-4933   
Birgit  Schwenzer (703) 292-4771   
Catherine  M. Oertel (703) 292-4917   


Solicitation  17-580

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2020 - November 2, 2020

    October 1 - November 1, 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 at NSF by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on that date.

DMR strongly advises Principal Investigators and Sponsored Project Offices to submit early during the DMR proposal acceptance window and avoid a last-minute rush, which can cause problems in timely and correct transmission to NSF.


Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). It does not apply to the following two DMR Topical Materials Research Programs, which have their own solicitations: Ceramics (CER) (NSF 16-597) and Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) (NSF 16-596).

Additional Information

Eligibility rules apply for submissions; please see Section II. Program Description, Section IV. Eligibility Information, and Section V.A. Proposal Preparation Instructions.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program