ENCOMM hosts 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grants panel discussion

Please join us today for the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion.


Panelists will include Tyler Grassman, Jay Gupta, Vicky Doan-Nguyen, and Josh Goldberger.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

4:15-5:15 PM, room 4138

Physics Research Building



2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

Request for Proposals [pdf]

The three Funding Tiers of the 2019 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:


1.       Renewal IRG Grants to select the interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) for the Center for Emergent Material’s proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has a separate request for proposals this year—please see the CEM website.

2.       Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete for federal block-funding opportunities.

3.       Exploratory Materials Research Grants provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.


IMR offering grant development support to researchers interested in upcoming NSF opportunity

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) encourages faculty members interested in submitting an NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) proposal to reach out to the institute’s grants developer with inquiries.


IMR will host an open house Dec. 6 at Nanotech West Laboratory, on West Campus, to offer more information about the proposal development process to researchers at The Ohio State University wishing to join or complete a DMREF team.


Joanna Gardner, IMR administrator and grants developer, will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the DMREF program and grant opportunity. Nadeane Howard, with the Proposal Development Office, will discuss available resources through her office.


Researchers are encouraged to present their expertise and areas of study during a series of informal, mini presentations (two minutes each), following Gardner and Howard. The majority of the open house will be dedicated to allowing visitors an opportunity to network.


DMREF Open House:

Thursday, December 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Innovation Lab, Room 218 at Nanotech West: 1381 Kinnear Road

RSVP: gardner.306@osu.edu


This NSF solicitation is not restricted to specific topics of materials research, though the NSF identifies four of particular interest: 1) Synthetic materials biology, 2) Structural materials under extreme conditions, 3) Recyclable plastics and alternative materials for sustainable development, and 4) Robotic materials.


IMR works with its faculty members and their teams to find methods to advance their research proposals. Joanna Gardner, IMR administrator and grants developer, assists in finding the right external funding opportunities and provides full-service support through the grant proposal and award process.


Feel free to contact her with questions: gardner.306@osu.edu


DMREF awards are forecast to range from $1,000,000 to $1,750,000 for a duration of four years. NSF anticipates $36 million in funding for an estimated 20 to 25 awards. The submission window for proposals is Jan. 28 to Feb. 04, 2019.


The NSF program solicitation and additional award information are available here.


Upcoming INNOVATE-O-thon with DriveOhio to identify how autonomous shuttles could meet transportation needs on campus

With self-driving shuttles already deployed along the downtown Scioto Mile loop, the drive toward smart mobility in Columbus is only gaining speed.


And the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and DriveOhio are hosting an opportunity for undergraduate students at The Ohio State University to help pave the way for on-campus autonomous and connected vehicles at the upcoming INNOVATE-O-thon, running Nov. 9 to 11.


INNOVATE-O-thon is a weekend-long event that challenges undergraduates to work with each other, as well as faculty, industry and government representatives to solve real-world problems. Several times a year, a selected organization’s representatives come to the IMR Innovation Lab and challenge undergraduates from various majors to dissect a problem, and then devise and propose a suitable, executable solution to some of those representatives, faculty members and other subject matter experts.


This semester, IMR is asking students to help shape DriveOhio’s technology strategy by imagining a future with autonomous shuttles on the Columbus campus of Ohio State, and then build a value proposition for a project of that scope.


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Princeton professor Robert Cava presents ‘tour de force’ talk on superconductivity at latest Distinguished Lecture Series


As quickly as renowned materials chemist Robert J. Cava could be introduced, space within the main seminar room of the Physics Research Building had reduced to standing room only.


Cava’s presentation of “Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going,” at The Ohio State University on Oct. 30 drew students, researchers and faculty members from a wide range of disciplines. The talk was latest installment in the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).


Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, presented an overview of the field that covered not only the emergence of superconductivity, but some early experts’ expectations of its development and potential future.


Superconductivity, the transmission of electrical current with zero energy loss, recently passed its centennial. And, in that time, the lossless transmission of energy has found a variety of important uses in modern society, Cava said.


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ODEE highlights Ohio Manufacturing Institute podcast

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning highlighted the Ohio Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Now podcast series for International Podcast Day.


The podcast series regularly pushes the ongoing and integral conversation about the future of manufacturing and new technologies to center stage.


Podcast host Kathryn Kelley, executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, recently sat down with Bronson Jones, president and CEO of Banner Metals Group, a Columbus-based group that provides manufacturing and engineering services to industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to medical, building and industrial.

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