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

ORISadmin Awards, IMR Staff

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



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:


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.