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Major grant from the National Science Foundation will sustain UCSB materials research through 2017
Date:9/12/2011

The Materials Research Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara: an NSF MRSEC has received nearly $20 million in renewed support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to carry out distinctive research and education programs over the next six years. Renewed NSF support ensures the vitality of materials research programs at UCSB that address societal needs in energy, environment, and sustainability.

Despite the challenging budgetary climate, the NSF award recognizes the world-leading materials research at UCSB, as well as the MRL's demonstrated commitment to broader community impact and its role in supporting entrepreneurship on the Central Coast, in making this crucial and substantial investment.

The National Science Foundation's Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) is a flagship program that supports a national network of centers of excellence in materials research. The UCSB Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), which is one such Center, provides a unique environment for cutting-edge research that extends beyond the campus to involve industry, schools, and colleges in innovative long-term partnerships. With this award, the MRL is now the only supported MRSEC on the West Coast.

"We are delighted with the renewal which recognizes our achievements in research and education. This could not have come about without the dedicated participation of students, staff, and faculty," says Craig Hawker, Director of the Materials Research Laboratory. "Competition for these flagship Centers is fierce. What sets materials research at UCSB apart is the emphasis on a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment."

The announcement coincides with the 20th anniversary of MRL's launch at UCSB, which has been continuously supported by the NSF since 1992.

The NSF support will advance MRL research in materials that could result in new paradigms for energy- efficient microelectronics, and for the creation of a
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Contact: Melissa Van De Werfhorst
melissa@engineering.ucsb.edu
805-893-4301
University of California - Santa Barbara
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