Seed Program

Chemically-triggered conversion of AuCu alloy nanoparticles to Au-Cu2S hybrid nanoparticles via nanoscale phase segregation (Photo Credit: Penn State)

Seed grants are intended to support new high-risk/high-reward lines of research at the forefront of areas supported by NSF/DMR. The ideas should show promise to redirect existing MRSEC research in exciting new ways or spark entirely new lines of interdisciplinary investigation. Historically, successful Seed efforts have rejuvenated the research agenda of existing IRGs, founded new IRGs established in the next NSF competition, or secured external group-level funding to continue and expand their research. The students or post-docs supported with these funds will be expected to participate in MRSEC outreach activities. 

How to apply for a Seed Grant