OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program – Letters of Intent Due Monday, March 19

This is a reminder to OSU’s materials community that letters of intent for all three tiers of the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are due next Monday, March 19, 2012

The 2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program, an internal  research funding opportunity to seed materials-allied research projects within the OSU materials community,  is now in its second year and offers three funding tiers with funding levels from $40,000 to $100,000 per award, described briefly below:

1.    Proto-IRG Grants, which provide funds up to $100,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could be incorporated into the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) renewal proposal in 2013.

2.    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.

3.    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 materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

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Deadline for letters of intent: March 19, 2012

Deadline for full proposals:  April 16, 2012

For full proposal preparation instructions for all three funding tiers, see the attached documents or click on the links below.

Click here for the 2012-2013 Request for Proposals

Click here for a full listing of the 2011 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program awards, including project abstracts.

OSU Materials Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion, Jan. 18

OSU Materials Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 18

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, 4138 Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue

 All researchers interested in this year’s seed grant competition are encouraged to join us for general information about the OSU Materials Seed Grant Program and hear from current seed grant PIs about their experiences with the program. 

  • ENCOMM and MRSEC Directors will give an overview of the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program and its three funding tiers and expectations for proposal team presentations
  • PIs of current seed program research teams will share best practices for building successful interdisciplinary research teams

 Panelists

  •  CEM Director: Chris Hammel, Physics
  • ENCOMM Director: Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants: Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering
  • Proto-IRGs: Chris Jaroniec, Chemistry, Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering, and Michael Paulaitis, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Current MRSEC IRG leads: Jay Gupta, Physics and Pat Woodward, Chemistry

IMR Receives $400,000 Research Grant from Alcoa Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Institute for Materials Research is the recipient of a $400,000 grant by The Alcoa Foundation in support of innovative research in lightweight vehicle structures by OSU faculty and students.

Professors Glenn Daehn, Materials Science and Engineering, and Anthony Luscher, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will lead this project in design and manufacturing technologies to enable the creation of lighter, more environmentally friendly vehicle structures.

The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering has issued a press release with more details about this exciting new collaboration, available here: http://engineering.osu.edu/news/?p=2016

OSU’s partnership with Alcoa in lightweight vehicle structures is the only program in the United States currently supported by Alcoa Foundation’s Advancing Sustainability Research initiative. An entire day of the 2011 OSU Materials Week conference in September will also be devoted to the topic, “New Approaches for Lighter, More Sustainable Multi-Materials Vehicle Structures.” A variety of talks and panel discussions that day will showcase the novel research in lightweight vehicles by OSU researchers and industry collaborators from many different fields and perspectives including welding, corrosion, computational alloy design, and polymers and adhesives.

For more information about Alcoa Foundation’s Advancing Sustainability Research initiative, including a list of its partners worldwide, visit Alcoa’s website.

OSU’s Development office also has an article online about this collaboration: http://giveto.osu.edu/happenings/MarServ.Archive/Alcoa.html

New OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Announced

An exciting new seed grant program available to the OSU materials community was announced this week, opening a range of research funding options to materials-allied researchers on campus.

The OSU Materials Research Grant Program is an enhanced seed program which leverages resources and best practices from the seed programs of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Electric and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The result is a unified RFP with three Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes.

The former IMRG program has been integrated into the OSU Materials Research Grant Program, specifically through the Multidisciplinary Team Building grants and the Exploratory Materials Research grants.  This new program supplements the IMR Facility Grants and Industry Challenge Grants programs, which IMR will continue to manage and offer to the materials community. 

More information about the OSU Materials Research Grant Program, including its goals, descriptions of the three Funding Tiers, and detailed application instructions, can be found on IMR’s website or by clicking here.

The program was announced in a joint message via email to several listservers:

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Dear Members of the OSU Materials Community,

We are delighted to announce the new, integrated OSU Materials Research Seed Grant program, and the associated 2011-12 Request for Proposals.  This new program unites the IMRG, the ENCOMM seed, and the CEM proto-IRGs into a single, unified and coherent program, consisting of 3 tiers of seed fund awards – Proto-IRG grants, Multidisciplinary Team Building grants and Exploratory Materials Research grants.  Best practices from CEM, ENCOMM and IMR have been integrated, so that this single materials community announcement can be possible.    

 Please note that the former IMRG program will now be competed through 2 tiers – the Multidisciplinary Team Building grants and the Exploratory Materials Research grants.  The former ENCOMM seed program will now be competed through the Multidisciplinary Team Building grants.

 Note the following important dates, the details of which can be find in the attachment:

 Letter of Intent Due Date:  2:00 pm, Monday, March 21, 2011

Proposal Due Date:  2:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2011

 You may consult the IMR, ENCOMM and CEM websites in the coming days for further details and postings, and feel free to contact any of us with questions.

 Very respectfully,

 Steve Ringel, IMR Director

Chris Hammel, ENCOMM Director

Nitin Padture, CEM Director

IMR Collaborates on Three New OTF Photovoltaics Programs

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission announced $14 million in new funding of advanced energy sector awards last week, and we are excited to report that The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research is a central collaborator on three of the five Photovoltaics Program Awards for fiscal year 2011. 

GreenField Solar Corporation in Oberlin, Ohio will use its $1 million award to support its program titled Low Cost Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Design, with the goal of lowering the cost of its high-concentration PV system and obtaining UL certification. As part of the collaboration, metals deposition capabilities at OSU Nanotech West will be used to examine cost-reduction and manufacturing improvements in the metallizations used in the GreenField Photovolt® vertical multi-junction silicon PV device that resulted from technology developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The team also includes the Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) of Dayton. The Principal Investigator of the Ohio State portion of the work is IMR Associate Director Bob Davis.

Energy Focus, Inc. in Solon, Ohio will receive $1 million to support its project, High Efficiency Photovoltaic Enabled Off-Grid System. The goal of this program is to develop and manufacture a standalone outdoor lighting product powered by an integrated low concentration photovoltaic system. Low-cost concentrator fabrication and supporting design structures will be created by team member Replex Plastics (Mt. Vernon OH).  The solar technology is based on an integrated compound semiconductor-on-silicon PV approach to enable low-cost, silicon-based high performance multijunction solar cells developed by Professor Steve Ringel’s group in ECE at OSU, with partial support by the PVIC Wright Center.  The primary OSU effort will transition this PV technology to an industry-compatible materials platform based on the new MOCVD (metalorganic chemical vapor deposition) facility at Nanotech West in collaboration with ECE’s Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Lab (SEAL). The Principal Investigators of the Ohio State effort are IMR Research Scientist John Carlin, and ECE Professor and IMR Director Steve Ringel.

Process Technology of Mentor, Ohio was awarded over $350,000 for its project Commercialization of Inline Heater for Use in Photovoltaic Solar Cell Manufacturing, a collaboration with Cleveland State University and the OSU Nanotech West Lab. The project will design and market an ultrapure, low cost, intrinsically safe, inline chemical/water heater utilizing positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heating elements. As part of the development, Process Technology will install one of the new heater units at Nanotech West and demonstrate its reliability and utility in PV processing. Dr. Bob Davis will be leading the Ohio State demonstration effort.

All three of these new programs were enabled by OSU’s founding role in the Ohio Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), which funded staff and equipment at the Nanotech West Lab and other locations at Ohio State. For more information on the awards recently made by the Ohio Third Frontier program, see the Ohio Department of Development News Release: 

http://development.ohio.gov/ohiothirdfrontier/Documents/12711-Release-OhiosAdvancedEnergySectorsReceiveOhioThirdFrontierSupport.pdf