Welcome to phase II!

This was published on June 18, 2018

We have just received today the good news from the SNSF informing us that the SNSF Research Council has approved our full proposal and the continuation of the NCCR MARVEL in phase II.

NCCRs promote long-term research networks in areas of strategic importance for Swiss science, the Swiss economy and Swiss society.

Like all National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs), the funding period covers up to 3 phases of 4 years each (12 years in total); in the first phase (2014-2018) the Centre was funded with 18 MCHF from the SNSF, matched by funding from EPFL and from the other Institutions. From this year, renewals work with a two-step mechanism. First, when a renewal is granted, 80% of the funds are released: for us, this corresponds to 14.4 MCHF (MARVEL is actually the largest of the NCCR funded in the current 4th series). In January 2019, the Council will allocate additional funds based on a competitive evaluation of all 8 NCCRs in the 4th series - in our case this could provide up to an additional 7.6 MCHF. 


Projects and group leaders involved in phase II


Design & Discovery 1 — Understanding Complex Molecular Crystals: Structure and Properties 

  • Project leader: Michele Ceriotti (EPFL)
  • Computational co-applicants: Clemence Corminboeuf (EPFL), Stefan Goedecker (UniBas), Michele Parrinelo (USI/ETHZ)
  • Partners: Esther Amstad (EPFL), Lyndon Emsley (EPFL)

Design & Discovery 2 — From Atoms to Additive Manufacturing: Computational Design of Complex Metal Alloys  

  • Project leader: William A. Curtin (EPFL)
  • Computational co-applicants: Michele Ceriotti (EPFL), Anatole von Lilienfeld (UniBAS)
  • Partners: Helena Van Swygenhoven (PSI), Christian Leinenbach (Empa)

Design & Discovery 3 — MARLON: MARVEL Design, Discovery and Engineering of Low-Dimensional Materials and Nanostructures

  • Project leader: Nicola Marzari (EPFL)
  • Computational co-applicants: Daniele Passerone (Empa), Mathieu Luisier (ETHZ), Alfredo Pasquarello
    (EPFL), Clemence Corminboeuf (EPFL
  • Partners: Kumar Agrawal (EPFL), Andras Kis (EPFL), Alexandra Radenovic (EPFL),
    Oliver Groning (Empa), Roman Fasel (Empa)

Design & Discovery 4 — Nanoporous Materials Genome: Optical, Catalytic and Electronic Properties

  • Project leader: Berend Smit (EPFL)
  • Computational co-applicants: Jurg Hutter (UZH), Alfredo Pasquarello (EPFL), Ivano Tavernelli (IBM)
  • Partners: Marco Ranocchiari (PSI), Piero Macchi (UniBE), Kyriakos Stylianou (EPFL) 

Design & Discovery 5 — Correlated Transition Metal Oxides and Heterostructures 

  • Project leader: Nicola Spaldin (ETHZ)
  • Computational co-applicants: Ulrich Aschauer (UniBE), Claude Ederer (ETHZ), Philipp Werner (UniFR)
  • Partners: Marisa Medarde (PSI), Urs Staub (PSI)

Design & Discovery 6 — Search for Novel Topological Materials

  • Project leader: Oleg Yazyev (EPFL)
  • Computational co-applicant: Alexey Soluyanov (ETHZ)
  • Partners: Ming Shi (PSI), Hugo Dil (EPFL), Christian Ruegg (PSI and UniGE), Arnaud Magrez (EPFL) 

Incubator 1 — Design and Discovery of Novel Solid-State Ionic Conductors

  • Project leader: Teodoro Laino (IBM)
  • Computational co-applicant: Nicola Marzari (EPFL)
  • Partners: Daniele Pergolesi (PSI), Claire Villevieille (PSI) 

Incubator 2 — Active Machine Learning for Computational Materials Design

  • Project leader: Anatole von Lilienfeld (UniBas)
  • Computational co-applicants: Volker Roth (UniBas), Michele Ceriotti (EPFL) 

Open Science Platform

  • Project leader: Giovanni Pizzi (EPFL) 

HPC and Future Architectures

  • Project leaders: Joost VandeVondele (CSCS), Thomas Schulthess (CSCS and ETHZ)


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