Currently, the design-to-market time for new materials is often 15 to 20 years. Federal initiatives such as the Materials Genome aim to cut this time in half. FLAMEL’s long-term goal mirrors that of the Materials Genome Initiative in its objective to significantly reduce the timelines now required for new materials to be created and incorporated into commercial products. By increasing the efficiency of materials development and manufacturing, this program contributes to America's competitiveness in an increasingly globalized marketplace and contributes to the creation of new and sustainable materials and technologies. Moreover, this traineeship program helps students develop the skills and tools needed to pursue careers at the intersection of materials science, mathematics and computing.
IGERT is an NSF-wide program intended to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in a chosen discipline, and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed for the career demands of the future. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, and to engage students in understanding the processes by which research is translated into innovations for societal benefit.