Sample Request or Data Request Proposal Form

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Sample request or Data request proposals consist of:

  1. A cover page that will be automatically generated based on information you provide in the submission form fields (PI Information, Project Personnel, and Demographics).
  2. An upload of a single PDF containing, in sequential order, a 1-page project description, plus references (no page limit), and NSF-format biosketch for the PI only (two pages).

Proposals should follow standard NSF GPG format requirements for margins and font size.

The sample request or data request description section of the proposal file should answer the following questions:

  • For Sample Requests: What are your material needs and characteristics? Specify details (e.g., material composition, sample size and quantity, doping, etc.)
  • For Data Requests: What are your data needs? Specify details (e.g., details of synthesis recipe, characterization or simulation data from in-house research that you are requesting; if data on particular materials systems are needed, please name those chemistries). Consult the currently available samples for Thin Films or Bulk for reference on available materials systems)
  • For either request: What is the scientific or technological motivation of your research project?
  • How will the samples/data requested from 2DCC enable success of your project?
  • What are the broader impacts of your work?

Example User Proposal Evaluation Form 

Principal Investigator (PI) Information
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  • Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) are defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and/or Master's degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sci. degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years.
Does the PI intend to travel to Penn State to perform work on-site?
Principal Investigator (PI) Demographics

The 2DCC-MIP is collecting this voluntary information to assess whether our activities are fairly reaching and benefiting everyone regardless of demographic category; to ensure that those in underrepresented groups have the same knowledge of and access to 2DCC-MIP programs; and to assess their involvement.

Submission of this information is voluntary and is not a precondition of selection. This information will not be disclosed to the User Proposal Review Committee and will remain confidential and used only for internal purposes of the 2DCC-MIP.


  • Hispanic or Latino. A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


  • American Indian or Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.