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Upcoming Competition for NSF Materials Research Centers and Teams


Solicitation  10-568

Please be advised that the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) includes revised guidelines to implement the mentoring provisions of the America COMPETES Act (ACA) (Pub. L. No. 110-69, Aug. 9, 2007.) As specified in the ACA, each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Proposals that do not comply with this requirement will be returned without review (see the PAPP Guide Part I: Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II for further information about the implementation of this new requirement).


  • Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date:  September 1, 2010
    • Center Preliminary Proposals
  • Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date:  September 3, 2010
    • Team Preliminary Proposals
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date:  January 11, 2011
    • Center Full Proposals
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date:  January 13, 2011
    • Team Full Proposals


Centers of Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation (CEMRIs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. CEMRIs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the advantages of scale and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A CEMRI may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.

Materials Interdisciplinary Research Teams (MIRTs) represent a new award mechanism. These teams share with CEMRIs the same emphasis on the support of world class interdisciplinary materials research and the integration of research with education. Each MIRT addresses a major materials research problem requiring an interdisciplinary team of researchers. In addition, experimental and computational instrumentation needed for the proposed research activities is also supported. A MIRT may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions.