In 2011, President Obama announced the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), a national effort intended to shorten the time to bring a new material from discovery to deployment. The National Sscience Foundation is supporting MGI in the divisions of Materials Research (DMR); Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) through the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Dear Colleague Letter.

image: 2011 Materials Genome Project

The intent of the DMREF activity is to “enable control of material properties through design via the establishment of the interrelationships between constitution, processing, structure, properties, performance and process control.” 

This workshop brings together the first class of DMREF awardees (Fall 2012) to discuss their challenges and successes and begin building a unique research community skilled in the types of collaboration necessary to further the goals set out in the DMREF Dear Colleague letter.