OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

The 2020 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) are now open to The Ohio State University materials community.

 

This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The result is a unified RFP with Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes, and with the goal of generating new directions that extend beyond the boundaries of existing research programs.

 

Letters of Intent are due Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, March 2, 2020 at 5 p.m.

 

2020 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Funding Tiers

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

MTBG Grants 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, such as the NSF MRSEC program.

Exploratory Materials Research Grants

EMRG 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 and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups

IRG grant proposals are not being requested in this RFP. The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM): A National Science Foundation funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is currently undergoing a renewal review.

 

Additional Information and Downloads

Find more info and the RFP here.

Download the quad chart template here.

Have a question? Please contact IMR Grants Developer Joanna Gardner at gardner.306@osu.edu

 

Open House

IMR will host an MRSGP Open House on Wednesday, November 13,  from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1381 Kinnear Road, Innovation Laboratory, Room 218. This Open House is a new event to the 2020 program, replacing last year’s panel discussion. The open house will (1) Present key elements and changes to the RFP; (2) Explain MRSGP mission and opportunity to leverage into block grants; (3) Past MRSGP Awardee Q&A Panel; and (4) Introduce IMR Proposal Development and PDO offerings.

 

Eligibility

An applicant may serve as Principal Investigator on only one proposal in response to this RFP (Multidisciplinary Team Building and Exploratory grants only). The PI must hold a faculty-level appointment at Ohio State. All proposed research must be clearly distinct from ongoing externally or internally funded research. Currently funded (September 2019 awards) MRSGP Principal Investigators or Principal Investigators with unspent MRSGP funds (no-cost extension) are not eligible to apply to this RFP.

 

 


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Information on past OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program awards


About the OSU Materials Seed Grant Program

In Winter 2011, a new OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program became available to The Ohio State University (OSU) materials community.

This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices from the seed programs of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for the Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The result was a unified RFP with three Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes.

This OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program replaces the previously separate CEM Proto-IRG, ENCOMM Seed Grant, and IMR Interdisciplinary Materials Research Grant (IMRG) programs. As a result, the proposal submission and review processes have been integrated and aligned.