Funding Opportunity and Deadlines

Funding opportunity: Broad agency announcement

This page contains information regarding the NSF Engines Broad agency announcement, or BAA, including key dates, deadlines and links as well as tools for those that are unfamiliar with the submission process.

Key deadlines

Below are key deadlines for the NSF Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program. Failure to meet the established deadline date will result in the proposal not being reviewed. Please see the links below for additional details.

  • Builder Platform two-page Vision and Capability Statement: Due January 20, 2023, 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Type-2 Full Proposals: Due January 18, 2023, at 5 p.m., submitter's local time (Previously, the deadline for Type-2 Full Proposals was January 31. See the BAA for additional updates.)
  • Type-2 Letters of Intent: Due December 15, 2022 at 5 p.m., submitter's local time
  • Type-1 Full Proposals: Due September 29, 2022 at 5 p.m., submitter’s local time
  • Type-1 Letters of Intent: Due August 31, 2022 at 5 p.m., submitter’s local time
  • Type-1 and Type-2 Concept Outlines: Due June 30, 2022 at 5 p.m., submitter’s local time

Important links

Explore the NSF Engines BAA by clicking the links below:

Builder Platform

NSF is seeking community input to help develop, launch, and run a Builder Platform that will significantly contribute to the success of anticipated NSF Engines. The NSF Engines program supports the development of inclusive and diverse regional coalitions to engage in use-inspired research, drive research results to the market and society, promote workforce development, and ultimately stimulate the economy and create new jobs. The Builder Platform will be a central component of this initiative, functioning as a human-centered network of support structures and offerings that will empower funded NSF Engines with the tools, skills, networks, and capital needed to thrive and attain success. NSF anticipates making a significant initial investment in the form of a three-year award to one or more organizations to jumpstart the Builder Platform effort.

NSF is currently seeking feedback, ideas, and interest from the innovation community on the proposed Builder Platform model to help shape its vision and future growth. To express interest as a lead organization for the Builder Platform, NSF invites submission of a two-page Vision and Capability Statement by January 20, 2023. NSF also welcomes feedback about the Builder Platform without expressions of interest in leading the effort. Please review the Description section of the NSF Engines Builder Platform Market Intelligence for details on how to respond in these ways.

To learn more about the Builder Platform effort, review the Builder Platform Statement of Objective (SOO).

Learn more

Not familiar with a Broad agency announcement?

Here is a brief overview about NSF BAAs. registration and Unique Entity Identifiers

If your organization has not previously applied for a federal grant, your organization must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier, or UEI, which is a 12-character alpha numeric value, and must also register in the System for Award management (SAM).

Visit and complete the process through the “Register Your Entity or Get a Unique Entity ID” box. Scroll down on the page for FAQs.

Note: Registering with can take time, so start the process very early in the application window!

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Prepare for the NSF Engines BAA

Many resources are available to support researchers and innovators including interactive and collaborative breakout sessions, expert ecosystem-builder panels, informational and Q&A webinars, networking opportunities, timely program updates, personalized office hours and more.