New OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Announced

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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