Fluid Dynamics

The National Science Foundation’s Fluid Dynamics program supports fundamental research and education on mechanisms and phenomena governing fluid flow. Proposed research should contribute to basic understanding; thus enabling the better design; predictability; efficiency; and control of systems that involve fluids. NSF encourages proposals that address innovative uses of fluids in:

  • Materials development
  • Manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Clinical diagnostics and drug delivery
  • Sensor development and integration
  • Energy and the environment

Current research themes include:

  • Turbulence and Transition: high Reynolds number experiments; large eddy simulation; direct numerical simulation; transition to turbulence; 3-D boundary layers; separated flows; multi-phase turbulent flows; flow control and drag reduction.
  • Bio-inspired Fluid Mechanics: fluid-structure interactions; biological flow processes.
  • Flow of Complex Fluids: non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; viscoelastic flows.
  • Micro- and Nano-fluidics: micro-and nano-scale flow phenomena. 
  • Interfacial Interactions and Instabilities: hydrodynamic stability; droplet interactions.
  • Wind and Ocean Energy Harvesting: focused on fundamental fluid dynamics phenomena associated with renewal energy.

Awards are typically 1 to 3 years and around $100,000 per year.

Proposals are accepted between October 1 and October 20 each year.

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