Recent Funding News


Back in August, we placed a pause on the 2020 OSU Materials Research Seed Grants Program (MRSGP) for the 2020-2021 academic year, due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Given the tremendous value of the MRSGP for materials research at OSU, we have tried our best to support exciting new research projects, especially by junior faculty, even in this challenging time.

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 5 EMRG awards have been selected to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus.

The OSU MRSGP provides internal research funding opportunities designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes. It is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC [NSF DMR-2011876], the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

2020 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

EMRGs ($45,000 each) enable nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding


1.      "Analog Tuning, Ultra Low Energy Consuming, Non-volatile Organic Memristive Devices Based on Chemical Vapor Deposition Polymers for Neuromorphic Computing"
    PI: Xiaoxue Wang, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Co-PI: Wu Lu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2.      "Coupled Mechanical and Electromagnetic Topology Optimized Design of Photonics Components"
    PI: Alok Sutradhar, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

             3.      "Sustainable Organic Electrode Materials"
                  PI: Shiyu Zhang, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

4.      "Investigating Charge Transport Behavior and Electrical Coupling Effect in Si Thin-Film Electronics with ssDNA Interfaces during Biosensing”
    PI: Jinghua Li, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    Co-PI: Sheikh Akbar, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

             5.      “Interaction of Ultrafast Lasers with Quantum Materials”
                  PI: Alexandra Landsman, Department of Physics
                  Co-PI: Mohit Randeria, Department of Physics

2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program - Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM
  • Exploratory Materials Research Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  February 5, 12, 19, or 26, 2014 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated):  July 2014
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated):  early August 2014

2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, six awards have been made to fund innovative and exciting materials research on campus through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.  These awards total $280,000 in internal research funding to 17 OSU researchers in six departments.

Congratulations to the six research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.   Full abstracts for each of these research projects is available online in the Funding Opportunities tab  under the Seed Program section as well as on the IMR and CEM websites.

2013 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.  Two Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants were awarded this year:

  • "Towards an Atomic Scale Understanding of CO2 Photocatalysis", Principal Investigator: Jay Gupta, Physics; Co-Investigator: Aravaind Ashtagiri, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • "Next Generation 2D Semiconductor Heterostructures", Principal Investigator: Siddharth Rajan, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-Investigator: Yiying Wu, Chemistry; Collaborators: Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering; Wu Lu, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering

Official Award Announcement [pdf]

2013 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

Exploratory Materials Research Grants enable nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.  Four Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:

  • "Enabling High-Efficiency Thin-Film CIGS Photovoltaics through Nanometer-Scale Defect Identification" Principal Investigator: Aaron Arehart, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-Investigators: Tyler Grassman, Materials Science and Engineering; Jonathan Pelz, Physics; Collaborators: David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering; Sylvain Marsillac, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • "A New Approach for Contactless Transport Measurements", Principal Investigator: Thomas Gramila, Physics
  • "Engineering the Morphology of Ionenes for Self-Healing and Self-Destructing Materials", Principal Investigator: Lisa Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Co-Investigator: Vishnu Baba Sundaresan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Collaborator: Timothy Long, Chemistry, Virginia Tech
  • "Pulsed Laser Deposition Synthesized Heterostructures, Nanostructures, and Graded Nanostructure Engineered Materials", Principal Investigator: Michael Sumption, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering

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