MRS Diversifying Materials Special Interest Groups Special Projects

MRS Diversifying Materials Special Interest Groups (SIGs)—Special Projects Funding 

Submission Deadlines:
For projects slated to occur in 2023, the deadline was February 20, 2023.
For projects slated to occur at the 2023 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, the deadline has passed.

  Materials Research Society FoundationAttention MRS Diversifying Materials Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – Do you have an idea for a Special Project or activity to support your community within MRS, but need a little funding boost to make it happen? See below for information on how to apply for funding to support your project.


Examples of possible projects or activities include:

  • Networking event
  • Panel Discussion (virtual or in-person)
  • Webinar
  • Flash/lightning talks
  • Keynote
  • Other creative ideas!

Eligibility: Must be a current and active MRS Special Interest Group 

Funding Amount: Up to $1,500 per project*

*If multiple SIGs are proposing a joint event, funding requests may be “pooled” to request more than $1,500

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
  • Project is clearly initiated by a MRS Diversifying Materials SIGs to address a well-defined need, with preference, where practical, to projects that meet needs of multiple SIGs
  • Projects utilize MRS meetings, virtual programs, and/or publications to broadly engage and serve MRS members.
  • Measurable outcomes/deliverables are clearly stated
  • Timeline and plan for successful completion are clear and realistic
  • Funding request, proposed budget, and staff effort (if required) are reasonable

Evaluation Process: Reviewed and approved by the Career Advancement Committee Chair and their appointees

Proposal Deadline: 11:59 pm EST, February 20, 2023 for projects slated to occur in 2023. Please note the deadline has passed for projects slated to occur at the 2023 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit. 

Funding Decision Notification: March 1, 2023

Please submit your proposal by the deadline according to instructions on this template.

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