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Thermal Transport Processes (TTP)


Tuesday, October 20, 2015


The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena at nano/micro and macro scales. Core application areas of interest include:

  • Cooling and heating of components, devices and equipment.
  • Thermal processes in energy conversion & storage, power generation, and propulsion. 
  • Thermal transport in the synthesis and processing of materials including advanced manufacturing. Note that proposals that focus primarily on issues pertaining to materials, synthesis and/or processing are not of interest to the TTP program, and  should be directed to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program in CMMI/ENG or DMR/MPS as appropriate. 
  • Thermal phenomena in biological systems.  Only two topics are of interest in this area: cryopreservation and the role of heat transfer and thermal management in the treatment of cancer cells. 

The program supports transformational research in transport processes that are driven by thermal gradients, and manipulation of these processes to achieve engineering goals. Mass transport or system-design oriented efforts are not of interest to this program. Of specific interest is research that explores active and passive control of the dynamics of thermal processes, and simulations and diagnostics that bridge and model information across multiple-scales. Priority is given to insightful investigations of fundamental problems with clearly defined economic, environmental and societal impacts.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

Proposals at the interface of computational/mathematical sciences and thermal transport are encouraged, but should be submitted to the Computation and Data Enabled Science & Engineering (CDESE) Program.  Proposals that deal with the development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved thermal properties are encouraged and should add “SusCHEM:” in front of the title of the proposal.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation and approval from the Program Director, will be returned without review.


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