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Research Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, November 27 & Thursday, November 29
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Republic AB

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.



Linda Sapochak

Linda S. Sapochak, Division Director
Division of Materials Research—National Science Foundation
Navigating Funding Opportunities in Materials Research at NSF

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.

Linda S. Sapochak is currently the Division Director for the Division of Materials Research (DMR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has worked in DMR since 2008 as Program Director for the Solid State and Materials Chemistry program (5 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, she 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.

Khershed Cooper

Khershed P. Cooper, Program Director
Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation—National Science Foundation
NSF's Advanced Manufacturing Program—Research Opportunities

CMMI Division’s new Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Program is an amalgam of previous programs that explored nanomanufacturing, additive or subtractive manufacturing, manufacturing machines or materials engineering or cybermanufacturing. The AM program seeks new ideas in, across and outside these domain areas. It encourages interdisciplinary proposals that bring manufacturing to new application areas, and that incorporate challenges and approaches outside the customary manufacturing portfolio to broaden the impact of America’s advanced manufacturing research. In this presentation, the AM program’s intent and its participation in cross-divisional activities are described.

Khershed P. Cooper is a program director for Advanced Manufacturing in the Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He directs basic research activities in nanomanufacturing-related programs and systems-based nanomanufacturing research at Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). He is an NSF representative for the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.  He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Prior to joining NSF, he was a program officer for the Manufacturing Science Program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Concurrently, he was a senior research metallurgist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Cooper is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award.

David Rampulla

David Rampulla, Program Director
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
NIH Funding for Novel Biomaterials

The NIH has long supported the development of biomaterials, both tailored for the treatment of specific diseases and as platform technologies. This presentation will highlight trends in funding for biomaterials research at NIH over the last few years, with a focus on the portfolio at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The talk will also highlight specific funding opportunities of interest, and discuss some strategies for navigating the NIH application process.

David Rampulla is a program director at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). He manages a long-standing program in biomaterials and the recently established program in synthetic biology for technology development. He holds a BS degree from Columbia University and a PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in chemical engineering. Rampulla was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has research experience in academia, government and industry. His research career spanned both basic and applied sciences–from nano to bio–and the common thread throughout was investigating phenomena at surfaces and interfaces. As a program director, he is interested in advancing the space that lies at the intersection of the physical and life sciences to engineer the next generation of emerging platform technologies for biomedical applications.



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’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Research opportunities identified by recent workshops, including quantum materials and microelectronics, 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 web page at https://science.energy.gov/bes.
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 was also the Project Director for the CNMS facility construction.

Jay Lewis

Jay Lewis, Deputy Director, Microsystems Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Working with DARPA

DARPA plays a unique role in the U.S. R&D ecosystem, with a mission to identify and develop disruptive technologies that impact national defense. In this talk we will discuss how DARPA identifies opportunities, and how the research community can most effectively engage with the Agency.

Jay Lewis is the Deputy Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). In this role, he helps set the strategic vision for the office, recruits program managers (PMs) who are leaders in their respective fields, and provides the oversight and guidance required to empower the PMs to drive the creation of breakthrough technology for national security. He is serving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) while on leave from RTI International, where he was the Director of Emerging Electronics Technologies. Lewis is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member. Lewis has published over 50 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and holds seven U.S. patents.

Antti Makinen

Antti Makinen, Program Officer
Office of Naval Research—Naval Materials Division
Materials Science Research Opportunities with the Office of Naval Research

This brief overview will discuss programs in materials research funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the general process of submitting a grant proposal to the ONR. The presentation will also outline the role of ONR program officers in planning and guiding research efforts and the ways of engaging and communicating with these agency representatives.
Antti Makinen joined the Naval Materials Division of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a program officer in 2015. At ONR he manages basic and applied research programs in structural and functional nanomaterials. Prior to ONR he worked for 15 years as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory where his focus was on optoelectronic materials. Makinen received his MS degree in engineering physics from Aalto University and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Rochester.

Judah Goldwasser

Judah M. Goldwasser, Science Director for Materials and Chemistry
Office of Naval Research Global—London Office
Overview—Office of Naval Research and Its Global Office

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) is the U.S. Navy's lead organization for identifying, encouraging and funding international basic research. This talk will provide a short overview of ONRG, describe the  primary funding mechanisms for international scientists and explain how ONRG prioritizes research proposals from outside the United States.
Judah M. Goldwasser joined the Office of Naval Research’s Global Office (ONRG) in London as an associate director in November 2015. His technical focus area there is Materials and Chemistry. His technical interests lie in understanding the relationship between the properties of materials, their chemical composition and microstructure at the appropriate length scales, so they can be controlled to greatly improve their performance and create new capabilities for the U.S. Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). His current portfolio consists of projects in structural, functional, energetic and protective armor materials.