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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
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Cloud Computing for CISE Grantees

Invites supplemental funding requests from active awardees of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering to access commercial cloud computing services.

Posted May 17, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports innovative research that advances understanding of the deep-time sedimentary crust and investigates environmental change and evolution of the biosphere through the pre-Holocene geologic record. The program seeks to fund projects that focus on: (1) the...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
August 10, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Incubators and Conferences for STEM Education Research with a Focus on Education Equity

Invites proposals for research coordination networks to support the development of mid-scale research infrastructure, with a focus on enabling research on the assets and needs of those traditionally left out of STEM and increasing equity in education.

Posted May 11, 2022
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Dear Colleague Letter

Opportunities to Participate in the Construction and Operation of a new Antarctic Research Vessel

Dear Colleagues: The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to announce the opportunity to participate in a developing project, and to invite statements of interest and capability that will inform future plans for an Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV). The...
Posted May 9, 2022
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Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

A Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Supporting Research in Nascent Translation (SPRINT) through the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program

Invites supplemental funding requests from current awardees of the Partnerships for Innovation, or PFI, program to restart translational research activities that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted May 9, 2022
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Arctic System Sciences

The Arctic System Science (ARCSS) program supports projects that study systems of the Arctic operating at multiple temporal and spatial scales, systems that can inform our understanding of Arctic processes, and the relationship of Arctic systems to other global and...
Program

Arctic Observing Networks (AON)

The Arctic Observing Network (AON) program encourages proposals to make long-term field observations to detect and understand Arctic system change occurring on time scales longer than the duration of a typical NSF research grant. These projects should address major drivers...
Standard Grant
Program

Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)

The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies. The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program will support new...
Full Proposal Deadline:
October 11, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
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Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
July 15, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG)

With this joint solicitation, the NSF and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for proposals for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
June 20, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Cooperative Agreement
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) Program

Invites proposals to develop coalitions of academic institutions, nonprofits, for-profits, government entities and others to create regional “innovation ecosystems” — galvanizing use-inspired research, technology translation and workforce development.

Posted May 3, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council Partnership to Advance Scientific Knowledge about the Impact of Public Health Guidance

Invites proposals for research on the impacts of public health guidance.

Posted May 2, 2022
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Cooperative Agreement
Program

Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

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...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
August 1, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Post-Baccalaureate Research Experiences for LSAMP Students (PRELS) Supplemental Funding Opportunity

Invites supplemental funding requests from active LSAMP alliance awardees to support the research training of post-baccalaureate students.

Posted April 28, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Sentinel Systems that Detect, Recognize, Actuate, and Mitigate Emergent Biological Threats (DREAM Sentinels)

Encourages the submission of interdisciplinary proposals to develop novel all-in-one biosensing and actuating technologies for rapidly evolving or emerging biological threats.

Posted April 26, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Partnership for Prototyping of CMOS+X Systems

Invites proposals for collaborations on CMOS+X technology demonstrations from teams bringing together device researchers and computer system designers.

Posted April 22, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Quantum Manufacturing

Invites Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals and standard research proposals focused on innovations to enable and accelerate the manufacturing of quantum devices, from device fabrication to potential modes of system integration.

Posted April 22, 2022
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Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Mid-scale Research Infrastructure - Engineering Conferences

Invites proposals for conferences that identify gaps in existing research infrastructure and define the mid-scale research infrastructure needed to address grand challenges for engineering research.

Posted April 21, 2022
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Standard Grant
Program

Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)

Synopsis of Program: The OPUS program is targeted to individuals, typically at later-career stages, who have contributed significant insights to a field or body of research over time. The program provides an opportunity to revisit and synthesize that prior research...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems - Virtual Organization (RINGS-VO)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) solicit the submission of proposals to set up a Virtual Organization (VO) for the Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems (RINGS)...
Full Proposal Deadline:
August 1, 2022
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Geoscience Research Experiences for Post-Baccalaureate Students (GEO-REPS) Supplemental Funding Opportunity

Invites supplemental funding requests from active awardees of the Directorate for Geosciences to support research training for post-baccalaureate students who did not have access to these opportunities as undergraduates due to pandemic-related interruptions.

Posted April 20, 2022
See letter for details
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Supplemental Funding Requests for Grade 6-12 Data Science Education

Encourages supplemental funding requests from awardees in four specified programs to support data science education for grade 6-12 students and teachers.

Posted April 19, 2022
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