NSF: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center NSF 16-545
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.
USC may only submit one MRSEC preliminary proposal in response to this program announcement. An institution proposing research in several groups should submit a single MRSEC proposal with multiple Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). A MRSEC proposal must contain a minimum of 2 IRGs and a maximum of 3 IRGs. The IRGs in a center may be thematically related, or they may address different aspects of materials research. A single center at an organization allows efficient usage of resources, including common infrastructure, and better coordination of education and other activities of the center.
Institutions that were awarded a MRSEC in the FY 2014 competition as the lead institution are not eligible to submit a MRSEC proposal as a lead institution in this competition.
Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White (
NSF indicates that a letter of intent is NOT APPLICABLE and a preliminary proposal is due by July 1, 2016. Full MRSEC proposals may be submitted by invitation only. For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5295&WT.mc_id=USNSF_180&WT.mc_ev=click