Call for Seed Proposals

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), a National Science Foundation MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) announces a competition for a seed program to encourage development of new research directions for PCCM. The goal of the seed program is to support research in the general area of materials research that may seed the development of new integrated research groups (IRGs) for the center in the near future.

To achieve this goal, this year PCCM will consider proposals for research for a single year and support up to $60K for Seeds and $120K for Superseeds with a start date of 9/1/2021. The selection will be made based on scientific excellence, novelty of research directions proposed, the collaborations it will foster, and its potential productivity.  Proposals should have a technical section that is to be no longer than two pages, clearly addressing how the proposed research program can potentially lead to nucleating an IRG-like group. A brief budget should also be included. The PCCM executive committee may request the proposers to make a presentation as part of the selection process.

Please submit your proposals to Soonoo Aria, PCCM Administrator, by email ( no later than August 1, 2021. 

Any questions regarding PCCM's faculty seed program may be directed to my attention as PCCM Director (, or to any other member of the PCCM Executive Committee (Bob Cava, Phuan Ong, Leslie Schoop, Rodney Priestley and Howard Stone).

 Ali Yazdani, Director