The Seed program is a career funding opportunity for researchers with independent careers in the soft materials field. The program enables strategic enhancement of the MRSEC's mission by augmenting the materials research, innovation and education activities (e.g., through formation of PREM partnerships), thereby expanding and evolving its research foci. Seed program researchers have access to a global network of research resources, including several laboratories in Europe and Asia and several national laboratories in the US. Innovation and technology transfer are enhanced by MRSEC activities aimed at facilitating and catalyzing interactions with both large and small industrial and non-profit Commercialization and Innovation Partners.
Seed projects are chosen in periodic competitions based on intellectual merit, potential for enhancing our research capabilities and collaborations across RT-MRSEC, potential for independent funding, and potential to recruit diverse range of participants.