This program supports fundamental scientific research in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic glasses, ceramic-based composites and inorganic carbon-based materials. Projects should be centered on experiments; inclusion of computational and theory components are encouraged. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications. Research to enhance or enable the discovery or creation of new ceramic materials is welcome. Development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to carry out projects is encouraged. Topics supported include basic processes and mechanisms associated with nucleation and growth of thin films; bulk crystal growth; phase transformations and equilibria; morphology; surface modification; corrosion, interfaces and grain boundary structure; and defects.

PIs are encouraged to include all anticipated broader impact activities in their initial proposals, rather than planning on supplemental requests. Most projects include: (1) the anticipated significance on science, engineering and/or technology including possible benefits to society, (2) plans for the dissemination, and (3) broadening participation of underrepresented groups and/or excellence in training, mentoring, and/or teaching. Many successful proposals include one additional broader impact activity.

Eligibility rules apply for submissions; please see the solicitation for details. Key Points: A CER proposal must be one year or longer since the PI's last submission to CER. Resubmissions must be substantially revised and include a statement describing how the proposal has been modified from the previous submission. Proposals with compliance issues must be withdrawn and resubmitted (rather than being updated). Proposals not addressing the program synopsis will be returned without review. Proposals submitted to other program solicitations such as CAREER must continue to meet their respective deadlines.

DMR discourages the submission across DMR's programs of more than one proposal from the same Principal Investigator during the DMR Annual proposal-submission window each fall.

Funding agency: 
National Science Foundation
Funding type: 
Faculty