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Nuclear Physics - Theory

All proposals submitted to the Physics Division that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER) must be submitted to its division-wide solicitation: Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects. --- The nuclear theory program encompasses the structure and reactions...
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

CMMT supports theoretical and computational materials research in the topical areas represented in DMR's other Topical Materials Research Programs (these are also variously known as Individual Investigator Award (IIA) Programs, or Core Programs, or Disciplinary Programs), which are: Condensed Matter...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

Materials Research is the field of science where physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering naturally converge in the pursuit of the fundamental understanding of the properties of materials and the phenomena they host. Materials are abundant and pervasive, serving as...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences (SCMCS)

NSF seeks to establish a Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences (SCMCS) that will advance our ability to explain and predict complex molecular and cellular phenomena through innovative synthesis and integration of available biological data and related scientific knowledge...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
January 13, 2023
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
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Building Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biology, Mitigating Climate Change, Sustainability and Biotechnology (Synthetic Communities)

Microbes and communities of microbes have remarkable genetic, physiological and biochemical diversity, allowing them to flourish in environments all over the planet and in a variety of substrates and hosts. Given their relative importance to ecosystems around the world, to...
Full Proposal Deadline:
October 3, 2022
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research

Invites proposals for supplemental travel funding from active NSF awardees to collaborate with National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers at NIST’s laboratories and user facilities.

Posted June 21, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs: No Deadline Pilot (CHE-DRP:NDP)

With this solicitation, the Division of Chemistry is piloting the removal of deadlines for the submission of proposals to the CLP, CSDM-A and CTMC Programs. The no-deadline pilot seeks to assess the benefits and challenges of removing deadlines in proposal...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs (CHE-DRP)

This solicitation applies to six (of the nine) CHE Disciplinary Research Programs: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Synthesis (SYN); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN). All...
Full Proposal Window
September 30, 2022
Proposal window September 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Partnership in Experimental Elementary Particle Physics and STEM Education Research to Promote Broadening Research Participation

Encourages collaborative proposals between experimental physicists doing research with the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS or CMS detectors and educators conducting research in STEM education.

Posted June 17, 2022
See letter for details
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Supplemental Funding Requests for GEOPAths Awardees

Encourages supplemental funding requests from awardees in the GEOPAths Program to provide career development opportunities for women (PIs, students, participants, etc.) who are engaged in or being supported through GEOPAths awards.

Posted June 17, 2022
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

CAREER Proposals Submitted to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Encourages eligible members of the STEM education research community to submit proposals to NSF’s CAREER program.

Posted June 17, 2022
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Program

Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) call has an emphasis to help launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty in Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) fields at institutions that do not traditionally receive significant amounts...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 26, 2023
Standard Grant
Program

Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)

The MCA program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage (see restrictions under Additional Eligibility Information) to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage...
Full Proposal Window
March 1, 2023
Proposal window February 1, 2023 - March 1, 2023
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

HSI Program Network Resource Centers and Hubs (HSI-Net)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) in 2017, as directed by Congress [1]. The goals of the HSI Program are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
November 14, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Workforce Development in Spectrum STEM

Invites supplemental funding requests from active awardees of several NSF programs to support research, training, public outreach and workshops relating to development of the spectrum workforce.

Posted June 8, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in...
Full Proposal Deadline:
September 6, 2022
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Enabling Quantum Computing Platform Access for National Science Foundation Researchers with Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Microsoft Quantum

Invites supplemental funding requests from active NSF awardees to enable the use of commercial quantum-computing platforms. Supplements provide support for graduate students and platform fees.

Posted June 3, 2022
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Announcing Collaboration Opportunities in Responsible and Equitable AI under the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Invites collaborative U.S.–Australia research proposals on the ethical and equitable development and use of artificial intelligence systems.

Posted June 3, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Advancing Educational Innovations and Broadening Participation in STEM with Blockchain Technology

Invites submission of proposals for projects that explore and research promising uses of blockchain technology in STEM education, broadening participation, and workforce development.

Posted June 2, 2022
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Stimulating Integrative Research in Computational Cognition (CompCog)

Encourages the submission of interdisciplinary proposals that explore computational models of human cognition, perception and communication and facilitate dialogue across the cognitive and computational communities.

Posted June 2, 2022
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Other
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Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support...
Full Proposal Window
September 18, 2022
Proposal window September 1, 2022 - September 18, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF Options to Address Helium Supply Shortage Concerns

Invites the biology and chemistry communities to submit equipment proposals to support the acquisition of helium recovery systems in shared research instrument facilities.

Posted May 24, 2022
See letter for details
Cooperative Agreement
Program

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)

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. Jurisdictions are eligible to participate in the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program based...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
July 19, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Mathematical Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (DMS REU Sites)

The NSF-wide REU Sites program is governed by a single solicitation but administered individually by each NSF Division or Directorate. An REU Site should provide research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme and may be based in a single discipline...
Standard Grant
Program

Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through...
Full Proposal Deadline:
September 19, 2022