Research Funding Opportunities

5:30 PM–8:00 PM Nov 29, 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 Horton, Division Director for Materials Sciences and Engineering
U.S. Department of Energy—Office of Science
Overview of Research Opportunities—Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

The presentation will provide an overview of the fundamental materials research activities, including national user facilities for materials sciences research, that are supported by the DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Research opportunities identified by recent workshops, including quantum materials and microelectronics, will be discussed.  The application process and opportunities for white papers will be overviewed, as well as the online resources for principal investigators. For additional information, visit the BES web page at
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Linda Horton was the Director for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the five Basic Energy Sciences (BES) national user facilities for nanoscale science research. Under her leadership, the CNMS grew from its opening in FY2006 to have a strong, interdisciplinary scientific program, which hosts a vibrant user community that reached over 400 users in FY2008. Horton was also the Project Director for the CNMS facility construction.

Jay Lewis, Deputy Director, Microsystems Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Working with DARPA

DARPA plays a unique role in the U.S. R&D ecosystem, with a mission to identify and develop disruptive technologies that impact national defense. In this talk we will discuss how DARPA identifies opportunities, and how the research community can most effectively engage with the Agency.

Jay Lewis is the Deputy Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). In this role, he helps set the strategic vision for the office, recruits program managers (PMs) who are leaders in their respective fields, and provides the oversight and guidance required to empower the PMs to drive the creation of breakthrough technology for national security. He is serving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) while on leave from RTI International, where he was the Director of Emerging Electronics Technologies. Lewis is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member. Lewis has published over 50 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and holds seven U.S. patents.

Antti Makinen, Program Officer
Office of Naval Research—Naval Materials Division
Materials Science Research Opportunities with the Office of Naval Research

This brief overview will discuss programs in materials research funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the general process of submitting a grant proposal to the ONR. The presentation will also outline the role of ONR program officers in planning and guiding research efforts and the ways of engaging and communicating with these agency representatives.
Antti Makinen joined the Naval Materials Division of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a program officer in 2015. At ONR he manages basic and applied research programs in structural and functional nanomaterials. Prior to ONR he worked for 15 years as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory where his focus was on optoelectronic materials. Makinen received his MS degree in engineering physics from Aalto University and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Rochester.

Judah M. Goldwasser, Science Director for Materials and Chemistry
Office of Naval Research Global—London Office
Overview—Office of Naval Research and Its Global Office

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) is the U.S. Navy's lead organization for identifying, encouraging and funding international basic research. This talk will provide a short overview of ONRG, describe the  primary funding mechanisms for international scientists and explain how ONRG prioritizes research proposals from outside the United States.
Judah M. Goldwasser joined the Office of Naval Research’s Global Office (ONRG) in London as an associate director in November 2015. His technical focus area there is Materials and Chemistry. His technical interests lie in understanding the relationship between the properties of materials, their chemical composition and microstructure at the appropriate length scales, so they can be controlled to greatly improve their performance and create new capabilities for the U.S. Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). His current portfolio consists of projects in structural, functional, energetic and protective armor materials.