Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF International Materials Institutes (IMI)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports International Materials Institutes (IMIs) to enhance international collaboration between US researchers and educators and their counterparts worldwide. These Institutes advance fundamental materials research by coordinating international research and education projects involving condensed matter and materials physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, metals, ceramics, electronic materials, biomaterials, and, in general, the design, synthesis, and characterization of and phenomena in materials to meet global and regional needs. The Institutes must be university-based and provide a research environment that will attract leading scientists and engineers. The Institutes' long-term goal is the creation of a worldwide network in materials research and the development of a generation of scientists and engineers with enhanced international leadership capabilities. A critically important aspect of an IMI is its potential impact on advancing materials research on an international scale and to develop an internationally competitive generation of materials researchers.

Representative activities of an IMI may include, for example: identifying areas of important and innovative research for joint collaborative programs; organizing and coordinating international exchange programs; establishing mechanisms for long-term international collaborations among academia, industrial and government agencies and laboratories; organizing international workshops on materials research and education, and coordinating international research experiences for students and postdoctoral scholars; developing internet-based resources with video capabilities for international conferencing and learning; developing and supporting a materials research network that will provide access to research and education resources, such as searchable databases, publications, facilities, instruments, and experts; enhancing global public awareness of economic and societal contributions by materials researchers; and partnering with states, private foundations, industry, national laboratories, international organizations, other universities, centers, and national facilities to accomplish the stated goals of the IMI.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, May 23, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) research themes to be addressed and the research proposed for the IMI; 2) how the Institute will attract leading materials researchers as participants; 3) how the Institute will identify areas of important and innovative research and establish mechanisms for substantive, long-term international collaborations involving academic, industrial and/or government laboratories; 4) the names and institutions of anticipated foreign collaborators; and 5) mechanisms to enhance materials education at the international level and increase the public's awareness of the contributions materials research makes to society.


$600,000 to $1.2 million per year for an initial period of up to five years.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

July 15, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in engineering and physical sciences. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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