Biomaterials (BMAT)

Name Email Phone Room
Randy  Duran (703) 292-5326  E9344  
Steve  Smith (703) 292-8158  C9026  


All proposals submitted to this Program that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER) must be submitted to the solicitation: Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL).

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. Proposals involving biomaterials realized through synthetic biology; fueled biomaterials; stimuli-responsive biomaterials; antimicrobial or antiviral biomaterials; biodegradable, renewable, and sustainable materials; and plant- or fungal- based biomaterials are also encouraged. 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.


Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL) (NSF 20-589)

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Ceramics (CER), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC) (NSF 20-588)

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

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 19-582)

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) (NSF 20-525)

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS)

NSF/FDA Scholar-In-Residence at FDA  (NSF 18-556)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) (NSF 20-542)


Engineering Biology and Health Cluster (CBET)

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB)

Advanced Manufacturing  (AM)

Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X)

Molecular Biophysics (MCB)

Cellular Dynamics and Function  (MCB)

Genetic Mechanisms (MCB)

Systems and Synthetic Biology (MCB)

Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS)

Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP)

Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry  (MSN)

Physics of Living Systems  (PoLS)