2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Research Funding Opportunities

Monday, April 22
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121C

The Research Funding Opportunities sessions provide interaction between government agency presenters and MRS Membership. Invited talks will be followed by roundtable Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.


Andrew R. Schwartz, Senior Technical Advisor

U.S. Department of Energy—Office of Science
Overview of Materials Research Priorities and Opportunities—DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Andrew Schwartz

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports fundamental research that provides the foundations for new energy technologies and supports DOE missions in energy, environment and national security. The research spans the full spectrum of materials and chemical sciences with a focus on understanding, predicting and ultimately controlling matter and energy at electronic, atomic and molecular levels. In addition, BES builds and operates national user facilities for x-ray, neutron and nanoscale sciences. This presentation will provide an overview of the BES materials sciences research portfolio, including strategic priorities, the grant application process and online resources for principal investigators.

About Andrew R. Schwartz
Andrew R. Schwartz is currently Senior Technical Advisor for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), leading the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) team that manages the EFRC program, and was previously the BES Program Manager for the Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Program. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008, Schwartz spent seven years in industry, leading a multidisciplinary scientific and engineering team in the development of a new technology for semiconductor metrology.

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Linda S. Sapochak, Division Director

Division of Materials Research—National Science Foundation
Navigating Funding Opportunities in Materials Research at NSF

Linda Sapochak

An overview of the Division of Materials Research, one of the largest and most diverse divisions at the National Science Foundation, will be described and funding opportunities in materials research presented.

About Linda S. Sapochak
Linda S. Sapochak is currently the Division Director for the Division of Materials Research (DMR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Sapochak has worked in DMR since 2008 as Program Director for the Solid State and Materials Chemistry Program (five years) and for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Program in 2014. She has also managed projects under the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation: Green Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Energy Pathways, and I-Corps. Prior to her position at NSF, Sapochak was an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She later accepted a position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory in the Energy and Efficiency Division, to develop organic and inorganic electronic materials for solid-state lighting applications. Sapochak has over 50 scientific publications and 16 patents.

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Matthew Bauer, Technology Development Manager

U.S. Department of Energy—Solar Energy Technologies Office
Material and Manufacturing Successes and Future Opportunities to Drive Inexpensive Solar Electricity

Matthew Bauer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supports R&D aligned with making solar electricity generation cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. Program focuses span Photovoltaics, Concentrating Solar Thermal Power, Grid System Integration, Soft Costs and transferring Technology to Market. Critical to improving cost metrics are the development of novel materials and manufacturing processes that can scale to commercial use. An overview is given of the competitive R&D process SETO employs and features of successful applicants.

About Matthew Bauer
Matthew Bauer is a technology development manager for the Solar Power team. In this capacity he works with the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awardees to drive R&D efforts to impactful conclusions relevant to the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) industry. Additionally, Bauer works to integrate results obtained across the CSP research community into a broad understanding of emerging technologies and to identify new research opportunities.

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Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor, Research and Innovation

European Union Delegation to the United States of America
Horizon 2020—Open to the World—Opportunities for Collaboration with European Teams and Funding for Career Development in Europe

Mary Kavanagh

The European Union's Horizon 2020 programme offers opportunities for research and innovation collaboration in large international teams. It also offers generous, competitive funding to individual researchers interested in working for a time in Europe.

About Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh is the Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation at the European Union's (EU) Delegation to the United States (U.S.) in Washington, DC. Kavanagh's role involves raising awareness of opportunities for EU-U.S. cooperation and exchange in research and innovation, and facilitating that cooperation at both government agency and stakeholder levels. She also endeavors to keep her Headquarters abreast of research and innovation policy developments in the U.S.

Prior to her current posting in the U.S., Kavanagh worked in the International Cooperation Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. She was the Deputy Head and Senior Expert in the Unit, which deals with cooperation with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Kavanagh has a PhD degree in plant science from University College Cork, and carried out postdoctoral research in France and Switzerland before swapping the laboratory for science policy.

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