This funding opportunity is restricted to one application per institution. If you are interested in applying to this program, please contact Steve Wasserman (ssw3an) ASAP, to determine whether an internal competition will be required.
Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) is a mid-scale infrastructure program in the Division of Materials Research(DMR) designed to accelerate advances in materials research. MIPs respond to the increasing complexity ofmaterials research that requires close collaboration of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams and access tocutting edge tools. These tools in a user facility benefit both a user program and in-house research, which focus onaddressing grand challenges of fundamental science and meet national needs. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forthby the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), which strives to “discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materialstwice as fast, at a fraction of the cost,” and conduct research through iterative “closed-loop” efforts among the areasof materials synthesis/processing, materials characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation. In addition, they areexpected to engage the emerging field of data science in materials research. Each MIP is a scientific ecosystem,which includes in-house research scientists, external users and other contributors who, collectively, form acommunity of practitioners and share tools, codes, samples, data and know-how. The knowledge sharing is designedto strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable them to work in new ways, fostering new modalities ofresearch and education/training, for the purpose of accelerating discovery and development of new materials andnovel materials phenomena/properties, as well as fostering their eventual deployment.
The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. The first MIPcompetition in 2015 focused on developing new bulk and thin-film crystalline hard materials. The second MIPcompetition, in 2019, focuses on the convergence of materials research with biological sciences fordeveloping new materials.
Full proposal deadline: February 4, 2019
Program URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19526/nsf19526.htm
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