Title: Dear Colleague Letter: DMREF proposals of special interest to the
Division of Mathematical Sciences in fiscal year 2014 (nsf14027)
Date: 1/6/2014
NSF 14-027
Dear Colleague Letter: DMREF proposals of special interest to the
Division of Mathematical Sciences in fiscal year 2014
January 6, 2014
Dear Colleague:
The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science
Foundation (NSF) strongly encourages mathematicians and statisticians
to participate in the 2014 NSF activity Designing Materials to
Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF).
DMREF is the main program by which NSF participates in the
[1]Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness (MGI), a
national materials initiative. 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." It integrates all aspects 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
and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and
innovative experimental techniques, aiming to revolutionize the
approach to materials research and engineering.
DMREF comprises well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates
of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and
Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). For further
details and participating divisions please see [2]NSF 14-020, the
broadly aimed Dear Colleague Letter about DMREF in fiscal year 2014.
As described in that Letter, success in the initiative requires a
collaborative, synergistic, iterative approach that shows interactions
among theory, computation, and experiments. This approach is the
central principle of MGI. DMREF proposals will be reviewed jointly by
the appropriate participating divisions. Adherence to the aims and
principles of MGI will facilitate this joint review.
DMREF proposals of specific interest to the Division of Mathematical
Sciences must:
* 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;
* be submitted within the window 15 January - 18 February 2014,
inclusive;
* be submitted to the Design of Engineering Materials Systems
(DEMS/PD 12-8086) program; and
* deal with problems in the range of issues described in the DMREF
Dear Colleague letter NSF 14-020.
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 within DMREF, and mathematical scientists are
strongly encouraged to join any DMREF proposal that makes good use of
their expertise. DMREF proposals may come from single investigators or
from teams of investigators. However, successful proposals will offer
evidence of that close, iterative collaboration among experts from
different disciplines 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 occur 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 important
for predictive modeling and design (e.g. between microstructure
and bulk properties, or among composition, processing, and bulk
properties);
* first-principles understanding of materials;
* data-analytic tools and the interplay between data and predictive
modeling;
* 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 [3]Michael Steuerwalt.
Henry Warchall
> Acting 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=nsf14020
3. mailto:msteuerw@nsf.gov