DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. DMREF teams from universities across the U.S. collaborate to discover, develop, and help manufacture new materials. Consistent with the MGI Strategic Plan, DMREF highlights four sets of goals:
- Leading a culture shift in materials science and engineering research to encourage and facilitate an integrated team approach;
- integrating experimentation, computation, data-intensive/-driven approaches, and theory, and equipping the materials science and engineering communities with advanced tools and techniques;
- making digital data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, and useful to the community; and
- creating a world-class materials science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.