Funding Opportunities

MRS University Chapter Special Projects

Are you looking for an activity to generate student interest and membership in your MRS University Chapter? Do you have a cool idea for a Chapter activity, or guest speaker, but lack the funds to make it happen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider the MRS University Chapter Special Projects program—where funding is dedicated to supporting projects proposed by our University Chapters.

Eligibility: Must be a current, active MRS University Chapter in good standing

Funding Amount: $250 - $1000 per project

Evaluation Criteria: The goal is to support as broad a variety of projects as possible. To that end, proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Project is a new initiative and not a continuation or expansion of a present activity
  • Project is clearly initiated by students and addresses a well-defined need 
  • Measurable outcomes/deliverables are clearly stated
  • Timeline and plan for successful completion are clear and realistic
  • Funding request and proposed budget are reasonable 
  • Deliverables potentially useful to other University Chapters or to MRS in general

Note: Multiple grant requests may be submitted by a single chapter, however, no more than one grant per chapter will be approved.

Evaluation Process:
Reviewed and approved by the MRS Academic Affairs Committee, University Chapters Subcommittee 

Proposal Deadline: 5 p.m. (ET), December 15 of each year

Grants Announced: By the end of January of the following year

Examples of previously submitted and accepted proposals:
HS Materials Research Day (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Science Policy Workshop (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

For more information on MRS University Chapter Special Projects and/or how to submit a proposal, contact Natalie Larocco. 

The Materials Research Society Foundation operates as a program of the Materials Research Society. The official registration and financial information of the Materials Research Society Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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