National Science Foundation

NSF 16-524 :Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
NSF 14-610 – Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)
NSF – PD 15-7644 – NSF/CBET – U.S.-Israel BSF International Opportunity
FEW Workshops
NSF PD 13-7607 – Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)
NSF 15-601 – NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
PD-15-7644 – Energy for Sustainability
NSF PD 13-7607 – Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)
NSF 14-102 – US-China Collaborative Research in Environmental Sustainability
PD 14-1401 – Catalysis and Biocatalysis
NSF 13-605 – Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)
NSF 14-542 – Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
PD-10-1518: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS)
NSF 12-545: Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys R&D, U.S., S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce
NSF12-513: Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
NSF PD 12-7644: Energy for sustainability
Engineering design and innovation (11-1464)
Process and Reaction Engineering (Solicitation Number 11-1403)
Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) (Solicitation Number 11-1491)
Catalyzing New International Collaborations (Solicitation Number 11-508)
Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) (Solicitation Number 10-1517)

PD 16-7644 – Energy for Sustainability

Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2017 – October 20, 2017
October 1 – October 20, Annually Thereafter

The Energy for Sustainability program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which includes also 1) Catalysis; 2) Process Separations; and 3) Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics.

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Research projects that stress molecular level understanding of phenomena that directly impacts key barriers to improved system level performance (e.g. energy efficiency, product yield, process intensification) are encouraged. Proposed research should be inspired by the need for economic and impactful conversion processes. All proposals should include in the project description, how the proposed work, if successful, will improve process realization and economic feasibility and compare the proposed work against current state-of-the-art. Highly integrated multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.

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NSF 17-530 -Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Full Proposal Deadline: (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): March 06, 2017

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Factors contributing to stresses in the food and energy and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. Interconnections and interdependencies associated with the FEW nexus create research grand challenges for understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future. To meet these grand challenges, there is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges. The FEW systems must be conceptualized broadly, incorporating physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment). Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies and predictive capabilities to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability.

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NSF 16-53 – Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All

Application Due Date: January 19, 2017

The National Science Foundation’s Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts to significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization while addressing new challenges in energy efficiency and security, thus enabling spectrum access for all users and devices, and allowing traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from wireless-enabled goods and services. The SpecEES program solicitation (pronounced “SpecEase”) seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs.

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Call for Proposals in a Joint NSF-BSF Program in Energy for Sustainability

 

This NSF-BSF program is not a “special” program with the NSF setting aside money for potential grants. Rather, it is an integral part of the regular NSF programs in these discipline, with no “special” funds. Clear understanding of it by the U.S. partner is essential before embarking on proposal writing.

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

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PD 16-7607 – NSF Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2016 – November 1, 2016
Supplement Deadline Date:  April 3, 2017
ECCS REU/RET Supplements
April 1, Annually Thereafter

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest also include systems analysis and design for energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.
Proposals for the EPCN program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

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NSF 16-503 – National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): December 09, 2016
Applies to both tracks
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): February 07, 2017
Applies to both tracks

For FY2017, there are three priority areas:

(1) Understanding the Brain (UtB),

(2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), and

(3) Any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

Synopsis of Program:
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.
The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. The priority research areas for the FY2017 competition will be (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

The IGE Track focuses on test-bed projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. While the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to develop comprehensive programs to effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.
The NRT program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

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PD 15-1401 – Catalysis and Biocatalysis

Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2016 – October 20, 2016
October 1 – October 20, Annually Thereafter
The goal of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program is to advance research in catalytic engineering science and promote the development of catalytic materials and reactions that are of benefit to society. Research in this program should focus on new basic understanding of catalytic materials and reactions, utilizing synthetic, theoretical, and experimental approaches. Target applications include fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, environmental catalysis, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, conversion of greenhouse gases, and generation of solar hydrogen, as well as efficient routes to energy utilization.

Heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis represent the main thrusts of the program. Proposals related to both gas-solid and liquid-solid heterogeneous catalysis are welcome, as are proposals that incorporate concepts from homogeneous catalysis. Biocatalysis proposals should focus on enzymatic catalysis involving engineering of the active site involved in substrate conversion.

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NSF 16-564 – NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

Full Proposal Target Date: October 21, 2016

Dynamic growth in new research areas, fostered by the development of new investigative techniques and tools, continues to present an unusual window of opportunity for fundamental studies in basic plasma science and engineering. At the same time, economic forces are driving the need for more fundamental knowledge as underpinning for the many applications of plasmas in modern technology. This initiative, a continuation of the successful NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997, is a response to these fundamental research opportunities in plasma science and engineering. The foci of the initiative are to generate an understanding of the fundamental physics principles governing the collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles, as well as to improve the basic understanding of the plasma state as needed for other areas or disciplines of science and engineering. Proposals should discuss effective ways in which education and outreach are integrated within the research programs. Proposals directly related to fusion energy studies are not eligible. Some of the general research areas which are included are:

  • Chaos, Turbulence and Self-Organization in Plasmas
  • Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems in Plasmas
  • Dusty Plasmas
  • Non-neutral Plasmas
  • Flows and Magnetic Fields in Plasmas, their Interaction and Interpenetration
  • Intense Field Matter Interactions in Plasmas
  • Advanced Methods for Plasma Modeling and Simulation
  • Plasma Diagnostics
  • Control of Plasma Processes
  • Study of Plasma Reactors for Chemical Production
  • Plasma Surface Interactions, Plasma Modification, Synthesis and Processing of Materials
  • Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas, Microplasmas, and Plasmas in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Astrophysical and Solar Plasmas, Plasmas in Interplanetary Space, Earth and Other Planetary Magnetospheres and Atmospheres

Although the above list is intended to be illustrative, it directly reflects the interests and responsibilities of the NSF Divisions participating in the initiative and the goals of the DOE SC/FES.

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NSF 16-561 – Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

Preliminary Proposal Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): August 01, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): January 30, 2017

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Activities supported through the program are in all sub-fields of physics within the purview of the Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, particle astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields may also be considered, although the bulk of the effort must fall within one of those areas within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful PFC activity will demonstrate: (1) the potential for a profound advance in physics; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.
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NSF – Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program was initiated in 1973 to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe and government. The National Science Foundation (NSF) invests in these partnerships to promote research programs of mutual interest, contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base, enhance the intellectual capacity of the engineering or science workforce through the integration of research and education, and facilitate technology transfer. As appropriate, NSF encourages international collaborations that advance these goals within the global context:

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NSF 16-526 – Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA)

Full Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2016

There is a consensus across the many industries touched by our ubiquitous computing infrastructure that future performance improvements across the board are now severely limited by the amount of energy it takes to manipulate, store, and critically, transport data. While the limits and tradeoffs for this performance-energy crisis vary across the full range of application platforms, they have all reached a point at which evolutionary approaches to addressing this challenge are no longer adequate.

Truly disruptive breakthroughs are now required, and not just from any one segment of the technology stack. Rather, due to the complexity of the challenges, revolutionary new approaches are needed at each level in the hierarchy. Furthermore, simultaneous co-optimization across all levels is essential for the creation of new, sustainable computing platforms.

These simultaneous technical and organizational challenges have never been as complex or as critically important as they are now. The urgency of solving the multi-disciplinary technical challenges will require new methods of collaboration and organization among researchers.

Therefore, a comprehensive and collaborative approach must be undertaken to maximize the potential for successfully identifying and implementing revolutionary solutions to break through the bottleneck of energy- constrained computational performance. Programmers, system architects, circuit designers, chip processing engineers, material scientists, and computational chemists must all explore these new paths together to co-design an optimal solution path.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recognize this need, and agree to embark on a new collaborative research program to support compelling research that is of paramount importance to industry, academia and society at large. This partnership will specifically support new research to minimize the energy impacts of processing, storing, and moving data within future computing systems, and will be synergistic with other research activities that address other aspects of this overarching energy-constrained computing performance challenge.

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NSF 16-524 – Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Application Deadline: March 22, 2016

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future.

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NSF – PD 15-7644 – NSF/CBET – U.S.-Israel BSF International Opportunity

The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and Israeli research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby U.S. researchers may receive funding from the NSF and Israeli researchers may receive funding from the BSF.

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Food, Energy, Water Workshops

In a world where a growing number of people lack food, water and sources of energy, providing these resources has become a challenge.

To find new answers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded 17 grants, totaling $1.2 million, to support workshops on the interactions of food, energy and water, or FEW. Additionally, $6.4 million will supplement existing grants, enabling scientists to conduct additional research.

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NSF 15-601 – NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering

Full Proposal Target Date(s):
November 19, 2015
October 21, 2016
Third Friday in October, Annually Thereafter

Plasma Physics is a study of fundamental properties of physical systems exhibiting behavior governed by collective interactions of charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, material science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), which is superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the initiative is to enhance basic plasma research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and DOE supported user facilities, such as the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma community.

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PD-15-7644 – Energy for Sustainability

October 1, 2015 – October 20, 2015
October 1 – October 20, Annually Thereafter

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

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NSF PD 13-7607 – Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)

Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2014 – November 3, 2014
October 1 – November 1, Annually Thereafter
Supplement Deadline Date: April 1, 2015

The ECCS Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) Program is now the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program. Proposal submissions to this program will still use the same program code of PD 13-7607. Proposals already submitted to EPAS will be automatically transferred to EPCN.

Contact people:
Eyad Abed
Radhakishan Baheti
Paul J. Werbos

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Apply to PD 13-7607 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

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PD 14-1401 – Catalysis and Biocatalysis

Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2015 – October 20, 2015

October 1 – October 20, Annually Thereafter

Due to the ubiquitous presence of catalysis in the many aspects of goods and services impacting our lives, the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program has many potential directions for funding support. Programs in this area encompass a blend of fundamental and innovative applied research drivers. All programs are hypothesis-driven, and the experimental programs aimed at resolving the issues frequently combine a variety of approaches. Chemical engineering and chemistry are intertwined. Proposals which receive funding in this Program may include any number of the following broad scopes:

  • Catalyst Synthesis, Characterization, Behavior and Performance
  • Kinetics and Mechanisms of Key Catalytic Reactions
  • Catalysis at Surfaces or in Reactor Process Streams
  • Synthesis and Fabrication of Component Materials and Catalyst Composites
  • Modeling and Fundamental Studies of a Catalyst or Catalytic Process
  • Catalysts and Studies for Renewable Energy Systems.

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NSF 13-605 – Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)

Full Proposal Target Date(s):
January 22, 2014
January 22, Annually Thereafter
April 22, 2014
April 22, Annually Thereafter
July 22, 2014
July 22, Annually Thereafter
October 22, 2014
October 22, Annually Thereafter

The CNIC program will support US researchers’ participation in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for the proposer. These include, but are not limited to: research planning visits, initial data gathering activities, proof-of-concept, single or multiple visits within a maximum 12-month time period to plan a new international research collaboration, or exploratory workshops designed to bring together US and non-US-based researchers representing several institutions and focused on a topic specified in the Project Description. Generally, CNIC-supported workshops will include between 10-25 individuals, of whom roughly half will be from the US, and are usually expected to take place abroad. However, in special circumstances, they may take place within the US if they include substantial international participation and are held for the purpose of establishing new international collaborations.

The community is invited to propose innovative mechanisms and strategies for catalyzing new international collaborations with the goal of reaching the stage that competitive follow-on full research proposals can be submitted to other specified and relevant NSF programs, for continuing support of the project. Such follow-on proposals may be submitted to any appropriate and active NSF core program. Other well-justified activities that fulfill the goal of the program will be considered. Creative use of technology in promoting international research collaboration is encouraged. Of particular interest are projects which represent new, previously unfunded scientific areas for the principal investigator, or areas in which preliminary data is needed for establishing a proof-of-concept of the collaborative work. CNIC is not intended to provide support for continuation of established collaborations or for complete or self-contained research projects. Proposers are encouraged to request support for bringing undergraduate or graduate students and early-career postdoctoral researchers on proposed visits abroad, but the proposer(s) must participate in the catalyzing activity abroad in person and on-site.

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NSF 14-542 – Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

December 01, 2014 – December 15, 2014

December 1 – December 15, Annually Thereafter

The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems upon which people can depend with high confidence. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds.

In 2014, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and, through FHWA, U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO), to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

Three types of research and education projects — differing in scope and goals — will be considered through this solicitation:

  • Breakthrough projects must offer a significant advance in fundamental CPS science, engineering and/or technology that has the potential to change the field. This category focuses on new approaches to bridge computing, communication, and control. Funding for Breakthrough projects may be requested for a total of up to $500,000 for a period of up to 3 years.
  • Synergy projects must demonstrate innovation at the intersection of multiple disciplines, to accomplish a clear goal that requires an integrated perspective spanning the disciplines. Funding for Synergy projects may be requested for a total of $500,001 to $1,000,000 for a period of 3 to 4 years.
  • Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects. Funding may be requested for a total of $1,000,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years.

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PD-10-1518: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS)

Full Proposal Window: October 1 – November 1, Annually

The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education. EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems.

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NSF 12-545: Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys R&D, U.S., S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce

Application Deadline: January 15 (annually)

NCSES welcomes proposals for research, workshops and studies to advance the development, understanding, and quality of the 3 S&T enterprise. Research could include improved approaches to indicator construction and presentation, new S&T indicator development, strengthening of methodologies to improve the surveys of S&T data, analytical or theoretical work on S&T policy relevant issues, and better understanding of the S&T enterprise in the United States and globally. NCSES encourages proposals that analyze NCSES data or NCSES data in conjunction with those from other sources, but does not limit the work to the analysis of the data it collects. NCSES mission is very explicitly geared toward activities that support use of data it collects through surveys, to methodological improvement of those surveys, and support of researchers in using this type of information.

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NSF12-513: Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)

Application Deadline: Open

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) promotes university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages. Special interest is focused on affording the opportunity for:

  • Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting;
  • Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academe; and
  • Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct research projects.

This solicitation targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. GOALI seeks to fund transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund.

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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

First Monday in October annually

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. Total Funding: $5.5M. Eligibility: Universities and Colleges, and Small Businesses with active SBIR or STTR grants.

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NSF PD 12-7644: Energy for Sustainability

Full Proposal Window: January 15 – February 19 (annual)
This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Current interest areas in sustainable energy technologies are highlighted below:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation

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Engineering Design and Innovation (11-1464)

Full Proposal Window: September 1 – October 1 Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Window: January 15 – February 15 Annually Thereafter

The EDI program supports research leading to design theory and to tools and methods that enable implementation of the principles of design theory in the practice of design across the full spectrum of engineered products. The program focus is on gaining an understanding of the basic processes and phenomena underlying a holistic, life-cycle view of design where the total system life-cycle context recognizes the need for advanced understanding of the identification and definition of preferences, analysis of alternatives, effective accommodation of uncertainty in decision-making, and the relationship between data and knowledge in a digitally-supported process. The program funds advances in basic design theory, tools, and software to implement design theory and new design methods that span multiple domains, such as design for the environment and for manufacturability.

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Process and Reaction Engineering (Solicitation Number 11-1403)

Full Proposal Window:August 15 – September 18(annually)

The Process and Reaction Engineering program supports fundamental and applied research on:

  • Rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materials
  • Chemical and biochemical phenomena occurring at or near solid surfaces and interfaces
  • Electrochemical and photochemical processes of engineering significance or with commercial potential
  • Design and optimization of complex chemical and biochemical processes
  • Dynamic modeling and control of process systems and individual process units
  • Reactive processing of polymers, ceramics, and thin films
  • Interactions between chemical reactions and transport processes in reactive systems, and the use of this information in the design of complex chemical and biochemical reactors

The Process and Reaction Engineering program funds research in: chemical and biochemical reaction engineering, process design and control, and reactive polymer processing.

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Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) (Solicitation Number 11-1491)

Full Proposal Window: August 15 – September 17 (Annually)

The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Quantitative assessments of bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE program.

Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing research into educational activities.

Research projects of particular interest in BBBE include, but are not limited to:

  • Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Quantitative systems biotechnology
  • Tissue engineering and stem cell culture technologies
  • Protein engineering/protein design
  • Development of novel “omics” tools for biotechnology applications

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Catalyzing New International Collaborations (Solicitation Number 11-508)

Proposals accepted anytime.

This solicitation can support U.S. participation in a variety of different types of activities intended to catalyze new international
collaborations. These include, but are not limited to: planning visits, small workshops, initial data gathering activities, and the
development of research coordination networks. The community is invited to propose innovative mechanisms and strategies for
catalyzing new international collaborations to the stage that competitive research and education proposals can be submitted to
relevant NSF programs for on-going support of the project. Any well-justified activity that fulfills the goals of the program will be
considered. Creative use of technology in promoting international collaboration is encouraged. Funding levels for catalytic activities
can typically range from as little as $10,000 to as much as $100,000, depending on the activities proposed.
Proposals submitted to this solicitation must include:

  • Underlying research and education objectives of the proposed project and schedule of activities.
  • Details on the complementary expertise of the U.S. and foreign partners; roles of all key individuals; expected contributions or involvement of the U.S. and foreign institution(s); information on the history of collaborative efforts with the foreign counterparts to date; and a description of the proposed division of labor among the participants.
  • Ways in which U.S. students and early career researchers will be involved.
  • Strategies and plans for continuing the collaboration; the specific NSF program to which a subsequent proposal would be submitted; and justification for why the proposed catalytic activity is necessary before submission of a subsequent proposal.

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Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) (Solicitation Number 10-1517)

Supplement Deadline: April 1 Annually
Full Proposal Window: October 1- November 1 (annually)

The Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nanoelectronics, photonics, magnetics, optoelectronics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. The program enables discovery and innovation advancing the frontiers of nanoelectronics, spin electronics, molecular and organic electronics, bioelectronics, non-silicon electronics, flexible electronics, microwave photonics, micro/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), sensors and actuators, power electronics, and mixed signal devices. EPMD supports related topics in quantum engineering and novel electromagnetic materials-based high frequency device solutions, radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, and reconfigurable antennas needed for communications, telemedicine, and other wireless applications. The program supports cooperative efforts with the semiconductor industry on new nanoelectronics concepts beyond the scaling limits of silicon technology. EPMD additionally emphasizes emerging areas of diagnostic, wearable and implantable devices, and supports manipulation and measurement with nanoscale precision through new approaches to extreme ultraviolet metrology.

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