Research Funding Opportunities

5:30 PM–8:00 PM Nov 27, 2018 (US - Eastern)

Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Republic AB


The Research Funding Opportunities sessions provide interaction between government agency presenters and MRS Membership. Invited talks will be followed by roundtable Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.


Linda S. Sapochak, Division Director
Division of Materials Research—National Science Foundation
Navigating Funding Opportunities in Materials Research at NSF

An overview of the Division of Materials Research, one of the largest and most diverse divisions at the National Science Foundation, will be described and funding opportunities in materials research presented.

Linda S. Sapochak is currently the Division Director for the Division of Materials Research (DMR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has worked in DMR since 2008 as Program Director for the Solid State and Materials Chemistry program (5 years) and for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Program in 2014. She has also managed projects under the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation: Green Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Energy Pathways, and I-Corps. Prior to her position at NSF, she was an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She later accepted a position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory in the Energy and Efficiency Division to develop organic and inorganic electronic materials for solid-state lighting applications. Sapochak has over 50 scientific publications and 16 patents.

Khershed P. Cooper, Program Director
Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation—National Science Foundation
NSF's Advanced Manufacturing Program—Research Opportunities

CMMI Division’s new Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Program is an amalgam of previous programs that explored nanomanufacturing, additive or subtractive manufacturing, manufacturing machines or materials engineering or cybermanufacturing. The AM program seeks new ideas in, across and outside these domain areas. It encourages interdisciplinary proposals that bring manufacturing to new application areas, and that incorporate challenges and approaches outside the customary manufacturing portfolio to broaden the impact of America’s advanced manufacturing research. In this presentation, the AM program’s intent and its participation in cross-divisional activities are described.

Khershed P. Cooper is a program director for Advanced Manufacturing in the Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He directs basic research activities in nanomanufacturing-related programs and systems-based nanomanufacturing research at Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). He is an NSF representative for the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.  He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Prior to joining NSF, he was a program officer for the Manufacturing Science Program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Concurrently, he was a senior research metallurgist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Cooper is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award.

David Rampulla, Program Director
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
NIH Funding for Novel Biomaterials

The NIH has long supported the development of biomaterials, both tailored for the treatment of specific diseases and as platform technologies. This presentation will highlight trends in funding for biomaterials research at NIH over the last few years, with a focus on the portfolio at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The talk will also highlight specific funding opportunities of interest, and discuss some strategies for navigating the NIH application process.

David Rampulla is a program director at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). He manages a long-standing program in biomaterials and the recently established program in synthetic biology for technology development. He holds a BS degree from Columbia University and a PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in chemical engineering. Rampulla was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has research experience in academia, government and industry. His research career spanned both basic and applied sciences–from nano to bio–and the common thread throughout was investigating phenomena at surfaces and interfaces. As a program director, he is interested in advancing the space that lies at the intersection of the physical and life sciences to engineer the next generation of emerging platform technologies for biomedical applications.