National Science Foundation

NSF: Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

Program Summary

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.


Only one MRSEC preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization in this competition. An organization proposing research in several groups should submit a single MRSEC proposal with multiple Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). A MRSEC proposal must contain a minimum of 2 IRGs and a maximum of 5 IRGs. The IRGs in a center may be topically related, or they may address different topical aspects of materials research. A single center at an organization allows efficient usage of resources, including common infrastructure, and better coordination of education and other activities of the center.
Full MRSEC proposals may be submitted by invitation only.
Award Information
Individual MRSEC awards are expected to range in size from about $2 million/year to a maximum of $5 million/year, depending on the number of IRGs. Awards will be made for an initial duration of up to six years, but the level of funding is contingent on successful progress and upon the outcome of external review. 
Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV; and
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013. Preliminary proposals are due Monday, August 26, 2013.  Full proposals are by invitation only and are due Friday, January 10, 2014.


Proposal Due to OVPRED07/01/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF01/03/2014
Date Due to Sponsor01/10/2014
Required LOI Due Date08/26/2013
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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