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National Science Foundation (NSF) Activities

National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide various avenues for the IMECE community to interact with program directors from the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division and the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division. The track includes panels on new NSF research opportunities, a proposal writing workshop, 1-on-1 meetings with NSF program directors, and a student-centered IMECE-wide poster session.

Proposal Writing Workshop

In this workshop, the fundamentals of grant proposal writing for the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be covered. Participants will learn about key topics, including the components of a successful proposal and finding the right home for the research. Critical aspects of the merit review process will be presented. This workshop is geared towards early career and aspiring investigators at U.S. institutions seeking to understand the NSF merit review process, although the information provided will be valuable to principal investigators in any stage of their career seeking to learn more about proposal writing.


NSF (National Science Foundation) CMMI Representatives from CMMI will introduce new funding opportunities and current NSF opportunities from their respective divisions and have a live Q&A with the audience about the opportunities. These presentations will be of greatest benefit to current faculty members (all ranks) at US Institutions.

One-on-Ones With NSF Program Directors

Faculty members at U.S. institutions will have an opportunity to discuss specific research concepts with Program Directors from the area of their choice. Program Directors representing various aspects of CMMI and CBET will be available. The meeting time of 20 minutes demand that the PIs come prepared with their talking points. Information on which directors will be at IMECE along with how to sign up will be available in a couple of months.