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Continuing Grant
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Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN)

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF)

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF) program funds individual and institutional postdoctoral awards designed to enhance the research knowledge, skills, and practices of recent doctoral graduates in STEM, STEM Education...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Build and Broaden 3.0: Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions (B2 3.0)

Build and Broaden 3.0 (B2 3.0) supports fundamental research at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and encourages research collaborations with scholars at MSIs. Growing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a national priority. National forecasts of the impending shortage...
Full Proposal Target Date
March 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Ship-based Technical Support in the Arctic

This solicitation is for proposals to enhance marine science and technical services provided to NSF-supported research cruises on U.S. Coast Guard cutter (USCGC) Healy. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) provides basic services that will be augmented by the awardee to the...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

In 1998 Congress enacted the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act which provided funds to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a mechanism whereby the hiring of foreign workers in technology-intensive sectors on H-1B visas would help address...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 22, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Cryogenics below 1 K - Systems, Cycle, and Materials

Dear Colleagues: The advancement of quantum-enabled devices for many applications, such as computing, sensing and communications, is dependent upon the use of ultra-low temperatures,
Posted November 22, 2021
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Program

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) research projects use fundamental research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research and why, as well as how to best instill this knowledge into researchers, practitioners, and educators...
Full Proposal Target Date
February 17, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Organismal Systems and Infection Biology (OSIB)

The Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems is calling for proposals that build on our ongoing programs to move forward our understanding of infection processes in natural systems.

Posted November 18, 2021
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Encouraging Research on Open Knowledge Networks

NSF invites proposals that contribute to open knowledge network (OKN) research and practice, such as Authoring and Learning, Uses, and Scalability. For full consideration in fiscal year 2022, proposals should be submitted before April 15, 2022.

Posted November 18, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline:
April 15, 2022
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF and DFG Opportunity for Collaborations in Advanced Manufacturing

Dear Colleagues: Recognizing the importance of international collaborations in promoting scientific discoveries, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching...
Posted November 15, 2021
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF-DFG Lead Agency Opportunity in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Dear Colleagues: Scope Recognizing the importance of international collaborations in promoting scientific discoveries, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides...
Posted November 15, 2021
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Planning Grants for the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program Track-1 Projects

Dear Colleagues: With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF EPSCoR announces its intent to support eligible jurisdictions planning on submitting full proposals to a future EPSCoR RII Track-1 competition. PLANNING GRANT PURPOSE An RII Track-1 Planning Grant is designed to...
Posted November 12, 2021
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)

The objective of PAARE is to improve the quality and environment of astronomy and astrophysics research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term partnerships that provide authentic pathways into the research enterprise and broaden the participation of individuals...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 7, 2022
Continuing Grant
Program

MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM)

The MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM) program aims to fund an institution (or collaboration of institutions) to provide a mentored career development program specifically designed for two cohorts of MPS-Ascend Fellows funded through the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 15, 2022
Cooperative Agreement
Program

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. A jurisdiction eligibility is based on a jurisdiction's recent five-year history of total funds awarded...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
December 20, 2021
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Program

Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)

The goal of the RCN-UBE program is to link biological research discoveries with innovations in biology education to improve the learning environment in undergraduate biology classrooms. The program seeks to improve undergraduate education by leveraging the power of a collaborative...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 25, 2022
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
February 1, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 16, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Internet Measurement Research: Methodologies, Tools, and Infrastructure (IMR)

With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), in partnership with the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), is launching a new, focused program to support methodologies, tools, and research...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 15, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minority-Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program (CISE-MSI Program)

With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is continuing its support of research expansion for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The goal of the CISE-MSI program is to broaden participation by increasing...
Full Proposal Deadline:
February 11, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

In today's increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity involves hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society's overwhelming reliance on this complex cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OPP-PRF)

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for early career scientists, including social scientists, to accomplish one or more of the following goals: expand their work across traditional disciplinary lines, develop new partnerships...
Full Proposal Target Date
February 7, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Tectonics

The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e. above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary). The Program focuses on deformation processes and their tectonic drivers that...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)

Through the Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program, NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. engineering workforce by enabling and encouraging the participation of all citizens in the engineering enterprise. The BPE Program seeks to support not only research in...
Full Proposal Target Date
January 28, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines