MRSEC Seed Grant Program

Solicited annually, the UC San Diego MRSEC Seed Grants are intended to provide short-term funding to initiate exciting collaborations within one of the two thematic areas – the Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) – of the UC San Diego MRSEC. IRG1 focuses on synthetic and computational aspects of the mesoscale assembly of materials. IRG2 seeks to develop stimuli-responsive ‘living materials’ by merging polymer science with synthetic biology.

The program is open to all faculty members within the UC San Diego materials research community. Successful execution of the proposed research is expected to lead to additional federal grants and the potential for long-term MRSEC funding. It is anticipated that each Seed Grant will provide $25,000-$75,000 direct costs for a one-year project, with the potential for renewal for a second year or for continuous IRG support, subject to review. Each Seed Grant must include one faculty-level PI, plus one or more faculty collaborators.

Proposal Submission for 2022 Seed Projects - Now Closed

The call for proposals for the 2022 UC San Diego MRSEC Seed Projects is now closed (deadline November 22, 2021). The goal of the 2021/2022 Seed Grant Program is to support collaborative research that is innovative and offers a potential for developing new IRG directions. Successful execution of the proposed research is expected to lead to additional federal grants and the potential for long-term MRSEC funding.

Each Seed Grant will provide $25,000-$75,000 direct costs for a one-year project, with the potential for renewal for a second year or for continuous IRG support, subject to review. Each Seed Grant must include one faculty-level PI, plus one or more UC San Diego faculty. Applicants will be notified of the proposal outcome by 12/17/2021, and the target start date for Seed Grants is 1/1/2022. We anticipate funding 1-2 new awards this cycle.

Please stay tuned to our website for upcoming announcements, news and updates.


2020 MRSEC Seed Grant Recipients

IRG1:

Alina Schimpf, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Proposal Title: Precise Synthesis of Nanocrystal Building-Blocks

Zheng Chen, Assistant Professor, Nanoengineering
Proposal Title: Hierarchical Assembly of Structurally Oriented Metal-Organic Frameworks as Novel Ionic Conductors

IRG2:

Donald Sirbuly, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering
Proposal Title: Nanofiber optics for in situ real-time nanometrology

For further questions or to request additional information please contact Professor Jon Pokorski (email).