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Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

The NSF's Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program provides sustained support of materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. Each MRSEC addresses research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and multidisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. The MRSECs support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international organizations, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership, and is composed of two to three Interdisciplinary Research Groups, IRGs, each addressing a fundamental materials science topic aligned with the Division of Materials Research, DMR.

Initial awards are expected in the range of $3-$4.5 million per year for up to 6 years.


  • November 9, 2021: Informational webinar from NSF (see details under "Resources" below)
  • February 7, 2022: Internal proposal due to VPDoR Limited Submissions
  • June 20, 2022: Required preliminary proposal due to NSF
  • November 22, 2022: Full proposal due to NSF

Limited Submissions process

This is a Limited Submission funding opportunity. A university-wide internal selection process is required prior to proposal submission to NSF. Only one MRSEC preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead institution.

The internal proposal is due by 11:59pm on February 7. More information on the selection and submission process is available through the Stanford Funding Opportunities portal here.

For questions about the limited submissions process, please email limitedsubmissions@stanford.edu.


Program information and support documents

Stanford support for proposals


Created: 10.21.21
Updated: 05.06.22