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Award Type
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Opportunity Details
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) program provides sustained support of materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. Each MRSEC addresses research of a scope and complexity requiring the...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
June 20, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF GEO Notification of Funding Opportunity between U.S. and Israeli Geoscientists under the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Collaborative Research Opportunities

Dear Colleagues: SCOPE The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.-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...
Posted September 17, 2021
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Program

Japan-U.S. Network Opportunity (JUNO)

The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) within the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports research and education activities that develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and...
Full Proposal Window
December 13, 2021
Proposal window September 20, 2021 - December 13, 2021
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Contemporary geographical research is...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 18, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Program

ECosytem for Leading Innovation in Plasma Science and Engineering (ECLIPSE)

Plasma science is a transdisciplinary field of research where fundamental studies in many disciplines, including plasma physics, plasma chemistry, materials science, and space science, come together to advance knowledge for discovery and technological innovation. The primary goal of the ECosytem...
Full Proposal Deadline:
November 15, 2021
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO)

This solicitation invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools, and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 25, 2022
Standard Grant
Program

Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (HEGS-DDRI)

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Contemporary geographical research is...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Continuing Grant
Program

Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC)

The CHE Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) program aims to enable, build, and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and CHE-supported Centers for Chemical Innovation, NSF's ChemMatCARS, the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), or the Molecule Maker...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 21, 2022
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Biology Integration Institutes (BII)

Biology has transformed science over the last century through discoveries that cross subdisciplines from the molecular to the organismal to the ecosystem level. While making great progress, biology has also slowly fragmented into subdisciplines, creating a dynamic tension between unifying...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 12, 2022
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Facilitator of Polar STEAM (Polar STEAM)

NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seek proposals for a Facilitator to manage a Polar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (Polar STEAM) initiative. The successful proposal for the Facilitator of...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 25, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)

The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure (CI). This solicitation expands the CSSI program by adding a new project class...
Full Proposal Deadline:
December 8, 2021
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Computer and Information Science and Engineering : Core Programs

The NSF CISE Directorate supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure, through the following core programs: Division of Computing and Communication Foundations...
Full Proposal Window
December 22, 2021
Proposal window December 1, 2021 - December 22, 2021
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
November 10, 2021
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Fellowship
Program

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology...
Full Proposal Deadline:
December 6, 2021
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Coastlines and People Hubs for Research and Broadening Participation (CoPe)

Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to, and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved...
Full Proposal Deadline:
December 6, 2021
Cooperative Agreement
Program

EHR Core Research - Resource Coordination Hub (ECR Hub)

NSF seeks proposals to create an EHR Core Research (ECR) Resource Coordination Hub (ECR Hub) that will be an intellectual partner to the ECR:Core and the ECR Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR:BCSER) grantee communities and the NSF to...
Full Proposal Deadline:
December 1, 2021
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP)

The Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation describes the mechanism by which the research community can propose projects that require access to instrumentation and facilities sponsored by the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program in the Division...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 15, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Continuing Grant
Program

Partnerships for Research and Education in Physics (PREP)

The NSF Division of Physics’ Partnerships for Research and Education in Physics (PREP) program aims to enable and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions and Division-supported Physics Frontiers Centers to increase the participation of members of underrepresented groups in physics through...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 21, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding...
Full Proposal Deadline:
November 24, 2021
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Research to Improve STEM Teaching, Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities

Opportunities for fundamental and applied research and the development of innovative STEM teaching and learning approaches to be implemented for persons with disabilities from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce.

Posted August 25, 2021
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed- Differentiation Encoding (RECODE)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Integrative and Organismal Systems (IOS), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) seek proposals that elucidate mechanisms of, and develop strategies...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
November 22, 2021
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Cooperative Agreement
Program

NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB)

The purpose of the NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB) is to support a research institute to enable innovative research at the intersection of mathematical and biological sciences to facilitate new developments of...
Preliminary Proposal Target Date
December 1, 2021
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports authentic summer research experiences for K-14 educators to foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts, and industry partners. With this solicitation, the Directorates for Engineering...
Full Proposal Deadline:
November 16, 2021
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (CISE REU Sites)

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) participates in the NSF-wide Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) manages the REU Site program for CISE. An REU Site should provide...
Supplemental Funding
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Persons with Disabilities - STEM Engagement and Access (PWD-SEA)

This letter encourages new proposals or supplemental funding requests to support access to and engagement in STEM learning, research, and workforce development for students, postdoctoral scholars, or faculty and staff with disabilities.

Posted August 5, 2021
See letter for details