Materials Research Centers and Teams (MRCT)
The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Materials Research Centers and Teams (MRCT) 2010 program.
Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, July 26, 2010 (5:00 PM)
Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com or 541-737-8390
Limit Summary: Only ONE Centers of Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation (CEMRI) or Materials Interdisciplinary Research Team (MIRT) preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization in this competition.
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF-MRCT program.
NSF Preliminary Proposal Due Date (required):
CEMRI: September 1, 2010
MIRT: September 3, 2010
NSF Full Proposal Deadline:
CEMRI: January 11, 2011
MIRT: January 13, 2011
Centers of Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation (CEMRIs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. CEMRIs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the advantages of scale 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 CEMRI may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.
Materials Interdisciplinary Research Teams (MIRTs) represent a new award mechanism. These teams share with CEMRIs the same emphasis on the support of world class interdisciplinary materials research and the integration of research with education. Each MIRT addresses a major materials research problem requiring an interdisciplinary team of researchers. In addition, experimental and computational instrumentation needed for the proposed research activities is also supported. A MIRT may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions.
Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:
- Title of Project
- PI/Co-PI(s) and Department(s)
- Type of Project (CEMRI or MIRT)
- Project description: brief overview of the center or team as a whole, including a concise rationale for establishing the center or team
- Description of the intellectual merit
- Description of the broader impacts of the proposed activities
- Budget information being requested from NSF
- Letters of intent are limited to 3 pages
- Be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to: firstname.lastname@example.org