Kickstart Facility Grant Program

IMR Kickstart Facility Grants provide $2,500 to assist Ohio State faculty and staff with facility user access fees to conduct innovative research connected to IMR’s Signature Areas and Strategic Themes, with the goal of obtaining external research funding.

IMR offers grant eligibility to the following: Non-tenured faculty (regular and research), with special consideration given to new faculty within five years of appointment; senior research staff with Principal Investigator status at Ohio State; and we will consider proposals from postdoctoral researchers who wish to perform research independent of their current advisor, as a path towards a future independent academic career [with letter of support from current advisor].

Preference is given to research conducted in one of IMR’s core materials research facilities, including:

Facility Grants are an excellent training opportunity for post-candidacy graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to co-author proposals, and we encourage faculty to engage their students and staff in their proposal development.

Please refer to the formal REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS document for comprehensive eligibility requirements and terms.

Contact Information

Potential applicants may contact Joanna Gardner, IMR Proposal Development Specialist, at ( with any administrative or procedural questions. Contact IMR Executive Director Steven Ringel ( with technical questions related to potential research activities.


Spring 2022 Kickstart Awardees

Mechanism of Environmentally Assisted Hydrogen Stress Cracking in Welds of Advanced Alloys

Abbas Mohammadi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Materials Science and Engineering (Welding Engineering Program)


Cathodoluminescence studies of defects in Hexagonal-and Cubic-Boron Nitride

Shamsul Arafin, Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering


4D Multi-functional Architected Structures and Materials using Non-contact Actuationutilizing Microwaves and Magnetic fields

Alok Sutradhar, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Design of enzyme-mediate interface for quantification of neuronal chemicals

Jinghua Li, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering


Evaluation of Materials for Corneal Bioprinting

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences


Specific targeting of bacterial biofilm contamination of implanted devices using a novel peptide probe

Landon Locke, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering


Development of micro crystal electron diffraction (micro-ED) as routine technique for structure determination of organometallic functional materials like [Cu2II-bis-μ-NO−]2+at CEMAS

Nicole Hoefer, Postdoctoral Researcher in  Materials Science and Engineering; Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysiS (CEMAS)


Assessment of resins for optimizing biological sample preparation for electron microscopy

Sarah Mikula, Laboratory Supervisor in Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysiS (CEMAS)


Previous IMR Facility Grant Award Recipients

Lists of all previously awarded IMR Facility Grants are provided for reference in the links below.