Several federal agencies joined the effort including the National Science Foundation, which created the DMREF program, short for Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer Our Future. Today, nearly 20 federal agencies including the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Science and Technology are part of the effort and have invested more than $1 billion in resources and infrastructure. They each strive toward developing and strengthening the country’s materials innovation infrastructure, achieving national goals with the help of advanced materials and establishing a solid foundation that will allow for continued efficient and effective use of these materials.
Learn more about DMREF including opportunities to be part of the program. Also visit the DMREF solicitation page.
2023 DMREF Solicitation
The 2023 solicitation is open to all materials research topics, ranging from emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing to research and development of clean energy technologies and infrastructure. Find additional information on the solicitation in this webinar, organized by the DMREF Management Team.
Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce
Building a world-class materials science and engineering workforce proficient in the tools and techniques necessary to accelerate the discovery, development, and deployment of advanced materials is one of four goals presented in the 2014 strategic plan of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). As we approach nearly a decade of progress since the initiative was first announced in 2011, this technical report from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society builds on previous work and offers a series of action plans and recommendations that address the strategic plan’s goals for education and training initiatives, which are critical to achieving the MGI’s national objectives.