The MRSEC Program Mission Statement
Following is the current mission statement of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program (MRSEC program):
MRSECs [Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers] are supported by NSF [National Science Foundation] to undertake materials research of a scope and complexity that would not be feasible under traditional funding of individual research projects. NSF support is intended to reinforce the base of individual investigator and small group research by providing the flexibility to address topics requiring an approach of broad scope and duration. MRSECs incorporate most or all of the following activities to an extent consistent with the size and vision of the Center:
Each MRSEC has the responsibility to manage and evaluate its own operation with respect to program administration, planning, content and direction.1
is a complex story, but underlying it is the materials research and development (R&D) supporting the invention and fabrication of such new materials.
Materials research has some features that differentiate it from other types of science and engineering. The work tends to be of a long-range character, and new materials tend to have far-reaching implications for many other fields of science, from medicine to high-energy physics, and for the economic and strategic health of