OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides multiple tiers of internal funding opportunities to support basic, nascent research, stimulate and grow research teams into focused research groups and centers, translational R&D with industry partners, global partnership opportunities, and IMR also provides critical support for faculty to access core user facilities within IMR’s network of shared laboratories.

 

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).

 

Funding Tiers of the 2019-20 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program:

  1. Renewal IRG Grants to select the interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) for the Center for Emergent Material’s proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has a separate request for proposals this year—please see the CEM website.
  2. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete for federal block-funding opportunities.
  3. Exploratory Materials Research Grants provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

 

2019-20 OSU Materials Research Seed Grants will be announced soon.

Contact IMR Grants Developer Joanna Gardner for more information: gardner.306@osu.edu


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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.