2022 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC; the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM); and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

The three funding tiers of the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program offered are:

Proto-IRG Grants
Proto-IRG Grants provide funds up to $100,000/year per award in direct costs, require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators with the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) within the CEM, a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).  These proposals should fall within the program scope of the Division of Materials Research at the NSF.  We invite proposers to communicate with CEM representatives (https://cem.osu.edu/) to identify competitive topics.

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants
MTBGs provide funds up to $70,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities, such as the NSF MRSEC program.

Exploratory Materials Research Grants
EMRGs provide funds up to $50,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.  EMRGs, while open to all faculty, emphasizes support of pre-tenure faculty members.

Key Dates:

  • Request for Proposals Issued: Monday, October 24, 2022
  • MRSGP Virtual Open House: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 4:00 PM ET
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Notice of MRSGP Appropriateness: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Proto-IRG and Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants tiers only – Mandatory Team Proposal Presentations: Wednesday, January 25, February 1, and February 8, 2023
    • 4:00-5:00 PM, Physics Research Building, Room 4138
  • Proposals Due (All Funding Tiers): Monday, March 6, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): Friday, August 26, 2023
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): Friday, September 1, 2023 (12-month project period)

Have a question? Please contact IMR Proposal Development Specialist Joanna Gardner, at gardner.306@osu.edu , or visit our MRSGP webpage.

 

Exploratory Materials Research Grant Showcase

Presented by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC, the Center for Exploration of Novel COMplex Materials (ENCOMM), and Institute for Materials Research (IMR):

Exploratory Materials Research Grant Showcase
Five Exploratory Materials Research Grants (EMRGs) were awarded in March of 2021 after a pause to the 2020 OSU Materials Research Seed Grants Program (MRSGP), due to the pandemic. We invite you to join this special showcase of current EMRGs, to:

  • Learn how these projects/groups are enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding
  • See examples of what the MRSGP looks for in EMRG project proposals

SERIES SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, September 29 (in-person) | Sasha Landsman, Dept. of Physics
    Title: “Driving electrons with high intensity ultrashort laser pulses”
  • Wednesday, October 6 (in-person) | Jinghua Li, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
    Title: “Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics Enabled Biosensing for Advanced Healthcare”
  • Wednesday, October 13 (in-person) | Alok Sutradhar, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     Title: “Multiphysics Topology Optimization of Electromagnetic Structures”
  • Wednesday, October 20 (in-person) | Shiyu Zhang, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Title: “Sustainable Organic Electrode Materials”
  • Wednesday, October 27 (virtual) | Xiaoxue Wang, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Title: “A Synergistic Approach to Soft Materials, Advanced Electronics and AI”

Event Contact: encomm@osu.edu
Event Webpage: https://encomm.osu.edu/seminar-archive

2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 4 Proto-IRG, 2 MTBG, and 3 EMRG  awards have been selected to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus through the 2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

The OSU MRSGP provides internal research funding opportunities through three distinct Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes.  It is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

2018 Proto-IRG Grants
Proto-IRG Grants ($80,000 each) form new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could potentially be incorporated into the renewal proposal of Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, in 2019.

  • Structure, Defects and Emergent Properties at Magnetic Interfaces
    Jinwoo Hwang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Metamorphic Narrow Gap Antimonide Materials for Topological Insulators
    Sanjay Krishna, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tunable Ferromagnetic and Antiferromagnetic Spintronics Based on Graphene Quantum Hall States
    Jeanie Lau, Department of Physics
  • Anionic Functional Materials
    Yiying Wu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2018 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants
MTBG Grants ($60,000 each) support multidisciplinary materials research teams to compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities

  • Sulfide-Based Lithium Superionic Conductors (LISICON) for All Solid-State Energy Storage Device
    Jung Hyun Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • MOCVD Growth and Material Properties of Earth Abundant Semiconducting ZnSnN
    Hongping Zhao, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2018 Exploratory Materials Research Grants
EMRG Grants ($40,000 each) enable nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding

  • Mechanoelectric effects on bone mineralization as a stiffness modulator
    Hanna Cho, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Investigation of Boron-Based III-V Compound Semiconductors
    Tyler Grassman, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Establishing Computational and Experimental Frameworks to Elucidate Magnetoelastic Interactions in Smart Metamaterials
    Ryan Harne, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

CEM Researchers Awarded NSF iSuperSeed2

Ohio State researchers have been awarded a prestigious iSuperSeed2 award to explore new materials for the future of quantum information systems by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The iSuperSeed2 grant, awarded as a supplement to the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at Ohio State, an NSF Materials Research in Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC), was the single award granted in the area of quantum information.

Professors Daniel Gauthier, Jay Gupta, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, and Roland Kawakami in the Department of Physics are collaborating with Prof. Michael Flatté at the University of Iowa on the project, bringing together researchers with expertise in 2D materials (IRG-2: Gupta, Kawakami), spin and magnetism (IRG-3: Flatté, Johnston-Halperin), and quantum measurement (Gauthier). In addition, collaborations outside the iSuperSeed2 team include recent Discovery Theme hires Profs. Chun Ning “Jeanie” Lau (Physics) and Marc Bockrath (Physics).

The program focuses on using the weak interactions between mechanically stacked materials, known as van der Waals bonds, to develop a universal approach to quantum transduction (the transfer of quantum information between two different materials). This van der Waals bonding is commonly found in 2D materials such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), leading to the creating of “van der Waals heterostructures” where single to few layers of 2D crystal can be mechanically stacked to fine tune layer-to-layer coupling.

As a result, van der Waals bonds allow for a “Goldilocks” level of interaction between two materials, where the quantum interactions are neither too weak nor too strong, and are present in materials ranging from insulators, to conductors, to magnets, to superconductors. Ohio State researchers plan to exploit this flexibility to explore a wide variety of materials for applications in future quantum-based technologies.

Route to Renewal: 2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request PROTO-IRG Proposals

The renewal process for CEM has begun and we are pleased to announce the 2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program (MRSGP) Request for Proposals, which is open to The Ohio State University materials community. The Center is seeking new teams to compete as part of the renewal proposal to NSF in the 2020-2026 cycle. The first step is nucleating seed teams in the OSU MRSGP. More information about CEM’s seed program and historical projects is available here, or contact CEM Director Chris Hammel with questions.

2018 Materials Research Seed Grant Program RFP
***LOI has been extended to January 15th, 2018 at 5pm***

Deadlines

  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • MRSEC meeting to prepare for renewal, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (4:00 – 5:00 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent: January 15th, 2018 at 5pm
  • Proto-IRG and MTBG Team Mandatory Presentations, 4:15-5:15 in PRB 4138
    • Feb. 14
      • Proto-IRG presentations
        Prof. Jessica Winter (Biomedical Engineering) “Close-Range Inter-nanoparticle Interactions Enabled Through Self-Assembly”
        Prof. Jinwoo Hwang (MSE) “Structure, Defects and Emergent Properties at Magnetic Interfaces”
    • Feb. 21
      • MTBG presentation
        Prof. Erin McKie (Management Sciences) “Reducing Energy Use with Real-Time Feedback”
      • Proto-IRG presentations
        Prof. Daniel Gauthier (Physics) “Developing point defects in materials for application in quantum information science”
        Prof. Yiying Wu (Chem and Biochem) “Anionic Functional Materials”
    • Feb. 28
      • MTBG presentations
        Prof. Jung Hyun Kim (MAE) “Sulfide-Based Lithium Superionic Conductors (LISICON) for All Solid-State Energy Storage Device”
        Prof. Rolando Valdes Aguilar (Physics) “Topological Properties of Magnons.”
        Prof. Randall Mathison (MAE) “Additively Manufactured Gas Turbine Engine”
    • March 14
      • MTBG presentation
        Prof. William Marras (Integrated Systems Engineering, Orthopaedics, Neurological Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehab) “Additively Manufactured Spinal Implants”
        Prof. Hongping Zhao (ECE) “MOCVD Growth and Material Properties of Earth Abundant Semiconducting ZnSnN”
  • Proposals: March 19, 2018 at 5pm

More information on the seed program here.