The EPSRC’s Materials Programme and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are offering materials research grants for collaborative projects between US bodies and their counterparts abroad. The grants are available to UK higher education institutions and, in some cases, research institutes and independent research organisations.
Funding is available for joint research projects or related networking activities, providing the projects demonstrate the necessity and value of collaboration between partners. The grants place emphasis on opportunities for students and junior researchers to participate in an international research and education experience.
Projects should cover fundamental materials phenomena, synthesis, characterisation and/or properties, or materials processing/fabrication. Priority areas include functional organic materials, nanocomposites and ‘smart’ materials. Biomaterials are not normally included.
To apply, the UK partner (or qualifying organisation elsewhere in the world) must submit a proposal via the online system outlining the scope of the project and funding required. The application deadline is 16.00 on 13 November 2007. This is the same date for proposals to the NSF by US project partners. The National Science Foundation, with input from EPSRC, will peer review the projects. If successful, a full proposal will be invited. UK proposers will be notified of the results in April or May 2008.
Full application details and online submission system.
For UK enquiries, contact: Andy Rendell, Materials Programme, EPSRC, tel: +44 (0)1793 444260.
For submission queries, contact: Barbie.Saran@epsrc.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)1793 444443.
The NSF contact is Dr Carmen Huber, Division of Materials, tel: (1) 703 292 4939.