How to Work with Funding Agencies

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 12 pm (Eastern US time)

ACerS Electronics Division and the Washington DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia Section are co-hosting the March webinar, How to Work with Funding Agencies in the ACerS Professional Skills and Personal Development Webinar Series.


Aimed at young scientists who are new to the funding game, this webinar will cover how to tackle the research grant process from a funding agency point of view. 

Although the focus will be on the Department of Defense (DOD), the information provided will be applicable to other agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE).

Dr. Ming-Jen Pan will aim to offer a collection of tips that will make your experience of finding financial support a little easier and help you to avoid fatal mistakes. Dr. Pan will also give an overview of the activities at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), where there are multiple materials-focused programs. He will further discuss the funding opportunities available at AFOSR and any limitations.


Webinar participants will learn more about the following aspects of the research grant process:

  • Initial contact
  • Funding application
  • Post-award actions

Dr. Ming-Jen Pan
Program Officer, Aerospace Composite Materials Program
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Dr. Ming-Jen Pan currently serves as the Program Officer of the Aerospace Composite Materials program, Engineering and Information Sciences Branch, Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, VA. In this capacity, he manages basic research projects that contribute to the development of next generation high performance airframe composites for the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Pan began his public service career in 2004 when he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to manage research activities in electronic ceramics and rapid prototyping. During his tenure at NRL, Dr. Pan was also detailed to the Office of Naval Research in 2007-2014 to help manage the Acoustic Transduction Materials program, for which he coordinated with various universities and companies on the research of piezoelectric crystal-based SONAR transducers. In 2014, Dr. Pan accepted a Science Director position with ONR Global-Tokyo to build collaborative relationship with Asia-Pacific countries in advanced science and technology that are of potential interest to the U.S. Department of Defense. At ONR Global, he managed numerous material science projects including low dimensional materials, piezoelectric materials, composite materials, energy storage materials, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Pan received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2019 for his work at ONR Global.


Registration is now closed. If you missed the webinar, ACerS members may view it in the ACerS Webinar Archives. Member log-in required.

ACerS member: no cost
ACerS GGRN and Material Advantage student member: no cost
ACerS non-member: $30
ACerS student non-member: $15

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Electronics Division and the Washington DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia Section.