Seed Activities

Through our seed activities, we seek to engage researchers who are not yet part of our Interdisciplinary Research Groups in complementary and emerging areas of materials research. In addition, we aim to train the next cadre of leaders through partnerships between early career and more senior investigators.


Call for Proposals: 

Seed Grants are intended to advance the development of collaborative research that could become the nucleus for new CHARM Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that are distinctly different from the current IRGs: IRG1 – Peptide Active Materials (PAMs), IRG2 – Hybrid Quantum Materials with Emergent Terahertz Functionalities (HQ-METs). Because CHARM is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the proposed research must be in line with efforts clearly supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research. Successful execution of the proposed research may lead to the potential for follow-on CHARM funding.

2024-2025 RFP

The UD Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (CHARM, an NSF-funded MRSEC) has released an RFP for seed grants for 2024-2025. Two to three seed grants will be awarded and each grant will provide up to $75,000 plus overhead costs for a one-year project. Please see the RFP and Quad Chart template for application information and procedures.

The Quad Chart is due to by July 1, 2024, 11:59 pm. Top-ranked applicants will be notified by 7/15/2024 and asked for a more detailed 2-3 page project proposal due 8/15/2024.

Please contact Gwendolyn Gregory, CHARM Executive Director (, with any questions.