2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Research Funding Opportunities

Monday, April 2
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 A

The Research Funding Opportunities session now provides more interaction between government agency presenters and MRS Membership. Invited talks will consist of a 20-minute introduction centered on the overall focus of the agency's materials science research efforts, programmatic descriptions of how to collaborate or apply and other general details. These talks will be followed by roundtable Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.

Pani (Chakrapani) Varnasi

Pani (Chakrapani) Varanasi, Division Chief
Materials Science Division—U.S. Army Research Office
Basic Research Programs at the Materials Science Division of the Army Research Office

The Materials Science Division of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) seeks to discover unprecedented material properties by embracing innovative, long-term, high risk, high-payoff basic research opportunities for the U.S. Army. The division currently has five programs: materials design, mechanical behavior of materials, physical properties of materials, synthesis and processing, and innovations in materials (an international program). The new discoveries of materials with extraordinary properties are of great interest to the division since these materials are essential for the development of revolutionary devices and systems for future Army soldiers. In this presentation, an overview of the current research thrusts and a summary of the various funding opportunities for basic research will be discussed. For more details about the ARO programs, please visit the ARO website. Broad agency announcements can be found at www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?page=8.

About Pani (Chakrapani) Varanasi
Pani Varanasi is the Materials Science Division Chief/Program Manager at the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO). He also conducts research in the area of functional materials at Duke University as adjunct faculty. He received his PhD degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. Prior to joining ARO, he has worked at APL Engineered Materials, Inc./Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc., and at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)/Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). He has authored/co-authored more than 100 papers, 1 book chapter, and 4 patents in the area of functional materials.

Linda Horton

Linda Horton, Division Director for Materials Sciences and Engineering
U.S. Department of Energy—Office of Science
Overview of Research Opportunities—Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences

The presentation will provide an overview of the fundamental materials research activities, including national user facilities for materials sciences research, that are supported by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Research opportunities identified by recent workshops, including quantum materials and ultrafast science will be discussed. The application process and opportunities for white papers will be overviewed, as well as the online resources for principal investigators. For additional information, visit the BES website.

About Linda Horton
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Linda Horton was the Director for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the five Basic Energy Sciences (BES) national user facilities for nanoscale science research. Under her leadership, the CNMS grew from its opening in FY2006 to have a strong, interdisciplinary scientific program, which hosts a vibrant user community that reached over 400 users in FY2008. Horton also was the Project Director for the CNMS facility construction.