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The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) brings together the diverse and wide-ranging disciplines that make up Ohio State’s materials community. IMR supports, promotes and facilitates research and infrastructure related to the science, technology and engineering of materials.


Please consider supporting the Institute for Materials Research Development Fund, which aids our goal to support and grow research excellence and impact to position The Ohio State University as a world leader in materials research and innovation.

(Fund Number: 316038)


Research Funding and Support

Thirty-six new projects led or co-led by researchers at Ohio State received seed funding support in FY21 through IMR grant programs and the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program, which is co-funded and co-managed by IMR. Many of the novel projects require interdisciplinary teams, bringing together researchers from a myriad of fields spanning Materials Science to Physics.

IMR’s Global Partnership Grants provided funding for a second round of grants through the Frontier Center Scholars Program, as well as two grants through the newly launched Tyndall-IMR Catalyst Program that joins IMR and Tyndall National Institute in Ireland.

Additionally, IMR awarded 21 new projects in FY21 through its Kickstart Facility Grant Program, which assists Ohio State faculty with facility user access fees and related minor charges associated with conducting innovative materials-allied research with the goal of obtaining external research funding.

Lastly, five teams earned funding through Ohio State’s Exploratory Materials Research Grants.


Click here to read about 2021 Frontier Center Scholar Projects.

Click here to read about IMR’s Spring 2021 Kickstart Facility Grant awardees.


IMR reaches across departments and colleges to connect university resources with each other, industry and other external partners to grow and strengthen the university’s research enterprise and spur innovation. IMR enables long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between industry, students, faculty and staff. The institute has worked since its inception in 2006 to foster a collaborative ecosystem at Ohio State, with a community of more than 267 faculty members from 34 departments in 10 colleges.

IMR operates and supports a diverse collection of shared research facilities at Ohio State. Each lab is fully staffed and open to our materials community and industry partners. We also invest in the materials community through targeted workshops and conferences. Each year, IMR hosts OSU Materials Week, a multi-day event showcasing materials-allied research at Ohio State and from around the world.