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National Science Foundation

Wednesday, November 13

NSF (National Science Foundation) Track

Track Chairs: Dr. Siddiq Qidwai, NSF,

Dr. Olesya Zhupanska, University of Arizona,

In this forum, 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 both NSF-sponsored workshops and 1-on-1 meetings as well as a student-centered IMECE-wide poster session for NSF-funded research.

Plenary: NSF-CMMI Overview and Outreach Panel

8:45 AM – 10:30 AM

In the first part of this panel, an overview of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) division will be provided with emphasis on recent changes in organizational structure as well as funding opportunities, e.g., the 10 Big Ideas. All CMMI core programs—especially the Advanced Manufacturing Program, the Mechanics & Engineering Materials Cluster programs, and the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures Cluster programs—will also be highlighted. In the second part of the panel, the floor will then be opened to participants to address program directors representing these clusters.

NSF Proposal Development Workshop

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

In this workshop, the fundamentals of successful 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, funding profiles, and NSF programs, solicitations, and other opportunities will be presented. This workshop is geared towards early career investigators at U.S. institutions seeking to understand the NSF merit review process, but the information provided will be valuable to principal investigators in any stage of their career seeking to learn more about proposal writing and NSF funding opportunities.

NSF-CBET Program Overview and Initiatives presentation

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

In this event, an overview of the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division will be provided with emphasis on programs and funding opportunities. Relevant core programs from the Transport Phenomena Cluster will be highlighted. The floor will then be opened to participants to ask questions.

One-on-One with NSF Program Directors

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM (Session 1)
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM (Session 2)

Principal Investigators (PIs) will have an opportunity to discuss one-on-one their research proposals and concerns with program directors (PDs) of their choice. PDs representing the Advanced Manufacturing Program, the Mechanics & Engineering Materials Cluster programs, the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures Cluster programs, and the Transport Phenomena Cluster programs will be available. The meeting time of 20 minutes demand that the PIs come prepared with their talking points.

View the NSF program directors' biographies here

NSF Student Poster Competition


Dr. Po-hao Huang
Competition Organizer
University Of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR, United States

Dr. Zhiting Tian
Competition Co-Organizer
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, United States

Dr. Marriner Merrill
Competition Co-Organizer
US Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC, United States

Students and graduates are invited to present and/or compete with their posters based on work from NSF-funded research. This forum provides the students an opportunity to disseminate their research to their junior, peer, senior, and experts-in-the-field colleagues. IMECE provides the unique environment for students to interact with fellow researchers from single-focus, multidisciplinary, and/or international backgrounds. The track is divided into the topics of (1) NSF-funded research grants/programs and (2) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).

More information on the student competitions can be found in topic descriptions


16-1 Poster Session: NSF-funded Research (Grad & Undergrad)

16-2 Poster Session: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Both topics will be held simultaneous at the same venue to encourage networking and sharing of information by the participants. Awards will be presented to recognize and rank the outstanding posters and presenters. Judging of the posters will be made on-site. The Track Organizers will provide additional information after abstract acceptance, including poster format and the availability of limited travel grants.

Competition Qualifications

All NSF-funded research and REU students are welcomed to present their posters at Track 16, with additional requirements for those wishing to be included in the competition. Qualifications for the competition include lead author, who must also be the presenting author, must be a currently registered student (undergraduate or graduate level) or has recently graduated (within 1 year from graduation date). Work must be primarily based on efforts from the past 2 years and majority funding source sponsored by NSF (such as research, educational, fellowship, or SBIR/STTR program). After abstract acceptance, authors will be provided the information associated with competition entry and limited travel award application for supplementing travel costs.


If you are interested to serve as a judge (no students allowed) for the poster session, please contact the Track Organizers at and provide your name, email address, and work affiliation.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: July 22
Abstract Acceptance Notification: July 29
Travel Grant Application Submission: August 5
Travel Grant Award Notification: August 31

View the NSF program directors' biographies here