Important Message from NSF- DMR Program

NSF- Division of Materials Research has posted new guidelines effective for proposals submitted during the October 1 – November 1 window.

Some key changes:

  1. An individual may only serve as PI or Co-PI on one proposal across DMR to any of the Topical Materials Research Programs. If more than one proposal is submitted, the earliest one will be reviewed. Subsequent ones will be returned without review.
  2. Additional information is required on the current and pending form. For each current award or pending proposal listed, include one or more sentences addressing the relationship of the present proposal to your currently funded projects or pending proposals and explaining how the work proposed under this solicitation is distinct.
  3. Investigators are requested to upload under Single-Copy Documents a list (with full names, affiliations, expertise, and email addresses) of at least four suggested reviewers who are experts in the particular field, are especially well-qualified to review the topic, and are at arm’s length (i.e. they are not close friends, collaborators over the past 48 months, co-editors over the past 24 months, or have any other conflicts of interest listed in Exhibit II-2 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.
  4. For those proposals that are resubmissions of previously declined proposals by any NSF Program, Investigators are required to upload under Single-Copy Documents a statement (maximum length one page) that discusses specifically how the present proposal has been modified in response to the comments of the reviewers, panel, and Program Officer (as the case may be). Proposals that in the judgment of the Program Officer have not been substantially revised will be returned without review.

Please visit this link for more information!

NSF-Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Internal Limited Submission Deadline to the Office of Research Administration: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5 pm.

NSF Deadline: January 10, 2018

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.  Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

For full program details visit NSF’s webpage

For details regarding the limited submission process visit the ORA Limited Submission webpage

Call for Proposals: IRIS Researcher Awards

The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) seeks to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research. Up to $15,000 for dissertation awards and up to $30,000 for early career and established researcher awards are available. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a current IRIS member institution. However, applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic or research institution in the United States.

A complete application must be submitted to IRIS by November 1, 2017. Award decisions are announced December 15, 2017.

Click here for more information about the awards or to find the application materials!



DATE CHANGE- OFNR SIG, Specialty Polymers & Composites Meeting

OFRN Polymer SIG meeting in Akron is currently scheduled for this Thursday, June 22nd.

The new date for the event is Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

The venue for the event will be The University of Akron’s National Polymer Innovation Center.

For more information or details please contact:

Dave Crain

Ohio Federal Research Network