Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 13-556
Funding Amount: $2M - $5M per year
Duration: Up to 6 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Laura Lewis (CHE)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 06/26/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 01/10/2014
Letter of Intent Deadline: 08/26/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Northeastern may submit only one MRSEC preliminary proposal as the lead organization. If you are interested in applying, please contact Horst Wittmann (x3836) immediately, and by no later than 21 June 2013, submit a 4-page pre-proposal following the format defined in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

Academic institutions in the US with broad research and education programs in the area of condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, materials science and engineering, and related areas of science and engineering may submit preliminary proposals.

If you plan to submit, here is some additional guidance on what a winning MRSEC pre-proposal would include:
An overarching vision; engaging several collaborating NU Colleges and outside partners; 2 to 5 Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs), with good reasoning as to why those IRGs were chosen; strong justification for why the proposed project leader and administrative structure will make a highly competitive proposal.

Please note that the length of the internal pre-proposal for this internal limited submission competition has been increased from 2 to 4 pages.

Funding Areas

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.

Seven to 10 Cooperative Agreements totaling $25M for FY14 are anticipated. The number of MRSEC awards will depend on the quality of the proposals and available funds.



–           Sean L. Jones, (703) 292-2986, email: sljones@nsf.gov

–            Charles Bouldin,  (703) 292-4920, email: cbouldin@nsf.gov

–            Charles Ying,  (703) 292-8428, email: cying@nsf.gov