2014 Seed Grant Program RFP Now Available

We are pleased to announce the 2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals is now available.  This internal seed grant program is open to The Ohio State University materials community and offers two Funding Tiers to cover the breadth of materials research at OSU.

click here for the 2014 RFP with full details and instructions

The two Funding Tiers of the 2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  2. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

 

2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program – Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due
    • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM
    • Exploratory Materials Research Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  February 5, 12, 19, or 26, 2014 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated):  July 2014
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated):  early August 2014

 

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is jointly supported and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for the Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

NSF Updates Grant Proposal Guide – Implications for Your Proposals

Effective January 14, 2013, the National Science Foundation has updated its Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13-1), which includes the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and the Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  Changes include revisions to the merit review criteria based on recommendations of the National Science Board’s report, “National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions.”  

NSF’s changes will impact the preparation of your NSF proposals.  Faculty submitting letters of intent, pre-proposals and/or proposals to NSF are encouraged to take some time to familiarize themselves with the changes when developing their submissions, and should speak with their research administrators well in advance of submission to make sure NSF’s changes are incorporated properly in their materials. 

Resources For Researchers and Administrators

NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter – Issuance of a new NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 13-004)  

NSF’s GPG Summary of Changes

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2013

Summary of Changes

The OSU Office of Research website has compiled some notable changes to NSF’s GPG:

  • Biographical Sketches – The Publications section has been renamed Products. Products may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software, patents and copyrights.
  • Budget – If salary is not being requested for senior personnel, their names must be removed from Section A of the budget.  These senior personnel should still be listed on the cover sheet and their roles on the project described in the Facilities, Equipment and other Resources section of the proposal (see below).
  • Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources – Proposers must now include an aggregated description of the internal and external resources (both physical and personnel) that the organization and its collaborators will provide to the project, should it be funded. The information must be provided in this section, rather than in other parts of the proposal (e.g., budget justification, project description). It should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. If there are no facilities, equipment or other resources information related to the proposal, a statement should be included in this section.
  • Project Description – Broader impacts must be described in a separate section within the narrative instead of being included as an integral part of the narrative. In addition, Results from Prior NSF Support has been redefined to include current NSF funding, whether or not the support was directly related to the proposal or salary support was provided.
  • Project Summary – The headings for Overview, Intellectual Merit and Broader are no longer required since FastLane has been modified to display three separate text boxes where the information should be provided. Note that proposals not containing all three elements of the Project Summary will be returned without review.
  • References Cited – If there are no references cited, a statement to that effect should be included in this section.
  • Review Criteria – this section has been replaced by an expanded Merit Review Principles and Criteria section.
  • Indirect Costs – NSF has elected to use grantee institutions’ predetermined overhead rates in most instances. NSF program staff is not authorized to suggest or request that PIs seek reduction or waivers of indirect cost.

CEM Renewal – Now Scheduling IRGs

The Center for Emergent Materials, Ohio State’s NSF MRSEC program, is beginning the renewal process and is considering IRGs to be included.  This is a collaborative effort, and mandatory IRG presentations will take place during the Electronic and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM) meeting times in November and December.

If your research group is considering putting together a potential Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG), please read about the process below and visit CEM’s website here: http://cem.osu.edu/news/cem-renewal-proposal-identifying-interdisciplinary-research-groups/

The message below was sent out in early October from the Directors of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Electronic and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM) and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) regarding the upcoming renewal process for the CEM, Ohio State’s NSF MRSEC program.

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The CEM, currently composed of two IRGs, has just completed four years of its six year term; it is now time to start preparing a proposal for a second six-year cycle of funding. The Ohio State materials community has the breadth to generate a compelling proposal for a Center larger than our current composition; we envision proposing up to four IRGs for the renewed Center.

We anticipate that the white paper for this competition will be due in one year, so now is the time to begin working toward identifying and building the IRGs that we will propose. We find that one of the most challenging aspects of putting together a successful IRG proposal is forming a team that meets the MRSEC programs expectations: researchers collaborating to conduct cutting-edge research of such scale and complexity that it can only be accomplished in a center environment.

CEM’s renewal process, which we emphasize is separate from the proto-IRG or other seed funding competition, will commence in October 2012 with presentations to the materials community by prospective IRGs in which they outline their proposed scientific project. These presentations will take place during the ENCOMM meetings to be held Wednesday afternoons from 4:15-5:15 in PRB 4138. These meetings will run through the end of the calendar year. Proposals to be one of the IRGs that comprise the eventual NSF proposal will be due to the CEM on January 4, 2013. (Proposals will be submitted to Stephanie Arend, arend.24@osu.edu; more details on the proposal process will be available on the CEM website soon.)

The goals of these meetings will be to help teams identify and recruit key team members, provide feedback on the proposed project goals, scientific approach and team composition, and to make them more competitive for the MRSEC program.

We encourage prospective IRGs to start preparing immediately, and to contact Amanda Zuurdeeg at zuurdeeg.3@osu.edu to schedule a date for the presentation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me (hammel@physics.osu.edu) if you have questions.

As we are using multiple listservs to ensure broad dissemination you may receive more than one copy of this email.  We apologize if so.

Best regards,

Chris Hammel, CEM Director

Zeke Johnston-Halperin, ENCOMM Director

Steve Ringel, IMR Director

 

IMR Accepting Facility Grant Proposals – Deadline November 26

Have a great research idea but can’t get it started?

Want to try something new and exciting in the lab but don’t have the seed funding to pay for the expenses?

The OSU Institute for Materials Research has issued this year’s Request for Proposals for the IMR Facility Grant program.  Each Facility Grant provides $2,000 to offset the cost of user access fees and related minor charges such as materials and supplies.

The purpose of IMR Facility Grants is to make shared campus research facilities more accessible to researchers wishing to demonstrate materials-related research results with the goal of strengthening near-term research proposals for external support.

Deadlines:

  • Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM for awards with an anticipated project start date of January 1, 2013; and
  • Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM for Facility Grants with an anticipated project start date of July 1, 2013.

Please note that the awarding of IMR Facility Grant is quite competitive, and therefore we encourage applicants to closely follow the instructions detailed in the RFP to strengthen their proposals.

Visit IMR’s website for the full 2012-2013 IMR Facility Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) and details about all previous Facility Grants awards:

http://imr.osu.edu/research/programs/facility-grants/

2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

We are excited to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, nine awards have been made to fund innovative and exciting materials research on campus through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.  These awards total $540,000 in internal research funding to 24 OSU researchers in eight departments.

Congratulations to the nine research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.   Full abstracts for each of these research projects is available online at the following link:

http://imr.osu.edu/files/2011/03/2012-OSU-Materials-Research-Seed-Grants-Awards.pdf  

 

2012-2013 Proto-IRG Grants

Proto-IRG Grants are awarded with the goal of developing new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could be incorporated into the renewal proposal that will be submitted by the CEM to the NSF MRSEC program in 2013.  Three Proto-IRG Grants were awarded this year:

  • Band Structure Engineering of Si/Ge/Sn Graphane Analogues, Principal Investigator: Joshua Goldberger, Chemistry; Co-Investigators: Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering; Jay Gupta, Physics
  • Thermal Spintronics: Materials for Enhanced Heat-Spin Interactions, Principal Investigator: Roberto Myers, Materials Science & Engineering; Co-Investigator: Joseph Heremans, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Collaborators: Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics; David Stroud, Physics
  • Functional Dynamics of DNA Scaffolded Materials, Principal Investigator: Michael Poirier, Physics; Co-Investigators: Chris Hammel, Physics; Christopher Jaroniec, Chemistry; Carlos Castro, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Collaborator: Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics

 

2012-2013 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.  Two Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants were awarded this year:

  • Using Neutron Depth Profiling for the Characterization of Current Collectors in Lithium Ion Batteries, Principal Investigator: Marcello Canova, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigator: Raymond Cao, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Collaborator: Anne Co, Chemistry
  • Engineered Heart Tissue: A Multidisciplinary Team Centered on Scaffold Structure and Mechanics, Principal Investigator: Jianjun Guan, Materials Science & Engineering; Co-Investigators: Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering; Peter Anderson, Materials Science & Engineering

 

2012-2013 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

Exploratory Materials Research Grants enable nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.  Four Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:

  • DNA-based Molecular Actuators for Novel Smart Material Systems, Principal Investigator: Carlos Castro, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigators: Marcelo Dapino, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Haijun Su, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • New Approach to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding of Plastic Parts: Nanopaper In-Mold Coating, Principal Investigator: Jose Castro, Integrated Systems Engineering; Co-Investigator: L. James Lee, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Modifying the Kinetics and Selectivity of CO2 Electroreduction through Ionic Liquid‐Electrode Interactions, Principal Investigator: Anne Co, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Collaborators: Aravind Asthagiri, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; David Cole, Earth Sciences
  • Rechargeable Potassium-Air Batteries with High Energy Storage and Efficiency, Principal Investigator: Yiying Wu, Chemistry; Co-Investigator: Sheldon Shore, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

About the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides internal research funding opportunities through three distinct Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes.  The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Electronic and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).