Dear Colleagues:

While the next solicitation for the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is projected to be months out, some collaborators have already made it known that they are planning a responsive proposal.  To be successful however, the PI for the MRSEC must select a focus area for the new center and identify up to 5 associated Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs).  Since this can be a massive effort, it is important to know early if there are other interested parties that are considering applying to the MRSEC as PI.  Since UCI may submit only one proposal in response to the upcoming call, if more than one interested party exists, this office will hold an internal competition to determine who may move forward.

Therefore, I am requesting that any faculty interested in applying as PI (i.e. not just participating in an IRG), notify my office of their intent to submit to the upcoming call. This notification may consist of an email from the PI(s) with a brief 1-paragraph overview of the proposed project and its likely participants, and should be sent to OR@research.uci.edu by November 13, 2015.

More information about NSF MRSEC program is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13556/nsf13556.htm#pgm_desc_txt

Best Regards,

James W. Hicks, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor of Biology