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NSF limits materials research in FY 2014

Three programs in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research will face changes in the agency’s FY 2014 budget. The agency released the news in a Dear Colleague letter on July 23, 2013.

The Materials World Network program has been changed in frequency from annual to biennial, and no solicitation will be issued for FY 2014. The program funds collaborations between U.S. materials researchers and other researchers globally.

The Computational and Data-Driven Materials Research program initiated a year ago will not become a separate program in FY 2014 but will take inquiries from interested investigators through the program directors of the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory program.

The International Materials Institutes program, which supported an internationally-engaged materials research workforce, will no longer be funded. Eight institutes have been supported by the program, one led by Peter Liaw in UT’s materials science and engineering program. Liaw, Bin Zhao, and Takeshi Egami have also received support for projects under the Materials World Network program.