All proposals submitted to this Program that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER) must be submitted to the solicitation: Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Ceramics (CER), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC) (NSF 20-588) https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505823
The Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM) program seeks to advance the field of electronics and photonics through basic, potentially transformative materials science research. The scope of the program encompasses the discovery and understanding of materials and material integration with potential for major technological innovations. A main focus of the program is on advanced materials and their integration that may offer new paradigms in computing, communication and sensing components, or enable advanced electronics, optoelectronics, photonics and plasmonics. The program covers identification and understanding of phenomena and fundamental mechanisms associated with growth and processing of electronic and photonic materials at atomic and molecular levels. Research on photovoltaics, materials with reduced dimensionalities and photonic metamaterials is also supported. In addition, development of new experimental techniques or novel approaches to explore electronic and photonic materials is encouraged. Research topics include, but are not limited to bulk, thin films and nanostructures; self-assembly and nanopatterning; interface-related phenomena and properties; defect and doping control; and relations between synthesis/processing, structure, and optical/electronic properties.