Funding Resources

Below you'll find a list of available funding opportunities within the U.S. for materials science and research.

Please send comments or suggestions for inclusion of other opportunities to Judy Meiksin, MRS news editor.


Various due dates
Resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

FY2016 applications due by October 16, 2015
The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award will support research by new investigators who propose highly innovative projects with the potential for exceptionally great impact on biomedical or behavioral science. Multiple five-year grant awards of up to $1.5 million will be awarded annually. Applications are due in the fall of each year.

NSF: Biomaterials

Proposals accepted September 1-October 31 annually
The focus of the Biomaterials Program is the study of biologically related materials and phenomena, including biological pathways to new materials. The materials and systems of interest include biomolecules, biomolecular assemblies (systems of strongly interacting biomolecules), biomolecular systems (vesicles, membranes and various other assemblies and networks of biomolecules), and biomimetic, bioinspired or biocompatible materials.

NSF: Ceramics

Proposals accepted September 1-October 31 annually
Supports basic research and education in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides) as well as diamond and inorganic carbon-based materials. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications.

NSF: Division of Materials Research

Various due dates
Resource for funding opportunities through the Division of Materials Research, NSF.

NSF: Interaction in Chemistry, Materials Research, Molecular Biosciences, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering

This Dear Colleague Letter intends to facilitate interactions between Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, post-doctoral scholars, both undergraduate and graduate students, scientists and engineers supported by NSF and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Researchers from industry, academia and non-profit organizations are encouraged.

NSF: Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics Proposals

Proposals accepted annually from October 1-October 30
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking proposals for its Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics program, which supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to interfacial phenomena, mass transport phenomena and solution phase equilibrium thermodynamic. Current emphasis is on molecular engineering approaches at interfaces, especially as applied to the processing of soft materials. The average annual award size for the program is $80,000, and small equipment proposals up to $70,000 will also be considered.

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