Last month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than$25 million of funding for innovative materials-science research projects. The research awards are a significant milestone for the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)—a collaborative effort of public, private, and academic leaders to make the discovery, development, and deployment of cutting-edge materials faster and cheaper than ever before.
These grants come at the end of a busy year for MGI. Earlier in 2012, 170 stakeholders convened at the White House to discuss how the materials community could achieve the ambitious target of shrinking the time needed to discover, develop, and utilize new materials. In the six months since, we have seen over $60M in Federal grants for new infrastructure that will help advance this goal; participated in a NIST-led workshop that set the stage for new modes of materials data handling; and obtained pledges from more than 100 stakeholders in universities and industry to take the necessary measures in their own institutions to seed change in the materials community.
Stay tuned for information about how we will keep up this momentum going forward at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/mgi
Cyrus Wadia is Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Materials R&D at OSTP
Meredith Drosback is a TMS fellow at OSTP