TMS occasionally receives news and updates submitted by funding agencies of particular interest to the materials science and engineering community. Check back regularly for news of upcoming initiatives, opportunities, and deadlines.
Nanostructured Active Therapeutic Vehicles: Developing the next generation of smart drug delivery
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical and Biological Technologies Department (DTRA CB) is looking to fund research in its Nanostructured Active Therapeutic Vehicles (NATV) program to develop nanostructured material vehicles capable of active detection of insult/threat and release of in vivo therapeutic payloads in prophylactic or pre-symptomatic administration of targeted therapies.
Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF): An NSF Activity to Support the Materials Genome Initiative
The National Science Foundation’s Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) activity supports the Materials Genome Initiative by funding proposals that aim to accelerate materials discovery by going beyond simple and more traditional collaborations between theorists, computational experts, and experimentalists. Instead, the focus is on iterative processes, in which data drive theory and simulation, and theory and simulation drive experiments. New DMREF grant opportunities are available in early 2013.
Mechanochemically Adaptive Materials
Direct and reversible transduction between mechanical and chemical energy offers a new paradigm to exploit molecular design and new chemical activation pathways.
The scientific community is on the verge of a new field at the intersection of chemistry and materials science.
Directed 3D Self Assembly of Reconfigurable Materials
Basic research on the directed assembly of 3D materials using reconfigurable or switchable elements could revolutionize the processing of future materials and deliver unprecedented advances in performance.
The Making of Captain America’s Shield
In July 2011, Paramount Pictures will release “Captain America: The First Avenger” as a feature film. This movie is based on a Marvel Comic initially released in 1941, which tells the story of Steve Rogers, a weak man who is transformed into a super-soldier by a experimental serum injection. Captain America’s purpose was originally to serve as a super-weapon for the United States against the Axis powers of World War II. Two things which have been ubiquitous to Captain America in the comics, TV shows and movies that have spun-off are his patriotic red, white and blue uniform and his “indestructible” shield. The comic may have been fiction, but the pursuit of indestructible materials continues on, as described in this article by the Army Research Office.
Research in Civil Infrastructure and Manufacturing Receives Funding from NIST’s
Technology Innovation Program (TIP)
Abstract: The Technology Innovation Program (TIP, http://www.nist.gov/tip) within the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently posted a “Three-Year Plan” outlining the topics of possible future competitions for R&D funding by the program. The research funding roadmap, which looks three years past the current fiscal year, proposes a range of TIP competitions.
Beyond Graphene -
Novel Nanosheets of 2D Crystalline Materials with Revolutionary Properties
Basic research efforts in the areas of novel free-standing two dimensional (2D) crystalline structures of materials (e.g. oxide and nitrides etc.) are of great interest as they could open up unique opportunities that are not yet realized.
A special program
announcement for the 2011 Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge
entitled “Integration of Advanced Analysis with Materials Research”
The Office of Naval Research's Basic Research Challenge program supports basic science and or engineering research within academia and industry. The program focuses on stimulating new, high-risk basic research projects. This announcement describes an anticipated basic research challenge initiative entitled “Integration of Advanced Analysis with Materials Research”. The purpose of this announcement is to focus the attention of the scientific community on the area to be studied, and the planned timetable for the submission of concept papers and proposals.