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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:
January 20, 2022
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Standard Grant
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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
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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 Window
September 29, 2023
Proposal window October 25, 2021 - September 29, 2023
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
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Organismal Response to Climate Change (ORCC)

The world is currently undergoing unprecedented changes in global climates across all biomes, with effects on nearly every life-form. How organisms respond to these rapidly changing conditions will have large consequences for the distribution of species over space and time...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
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Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS)

Society is becoming highly dependent on software applications, systems, and platforms, as functionality in all aspects of business, government, and everyday life is increasingly implemented through software. At the same time, there has been an increase in the laws and...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 28, 2022
Continuing Grant
Program

Computer and Network Systems : Core Programs, Large

CISE’s Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that take a system-oriented approach to the development of novel computing and networking technologies, or to the enhancement of existing systems in any of several dimensions, or...
Full Proposal Window
January 18, 2022
Proposal window January 4, 2022 - January 18, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Dark Dimensions of the RNA Regulome (D2R2)

This solicitation invites participation in an Ideas Lab whose focus will be the exploration of novel approaches to elucidate the evolutionary and functional significance of RNA transcripts that do not encode proteins as well as the technological innovations that may...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
January 31, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 11, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (BoCP)

The Biodiversity on a Changing Planet program is a cross directorate and international program led by NSF that invites submission of interdisciplinary proposals addressing grand challenges in biodiversity science within the context of unprecedented environmental change. Environmental change takes many...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 25, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Principles and Practice of Scalable Systems (PPoSS)

A key focus of the design of modern computing systems is performance and scalability, particularly in light of the limits of Moore’s Law and Dennard scaling. To this end, systems are increasingly being implemented by composing heterogeneous computing components and...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 24, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences (RaMP)

The Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates (RaMP) in Biological Sciences program invites the submission of proposals to establish networks to support full-time research, mentoring, and training for recent college graduates who have had few or no research or training opportunities...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 20, 2022
Standard Grant
Program

Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS)

The Human Networks and Data Science program (HNDS) supports research that enhances understanding of human behavior by leveraging data and network science research across a broad range of topics. HNDS research will identify ways in which dynamic, distributed, and heterogeneous...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 13, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES)

The Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES): Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and changes in species distribution at...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 10, 2022
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 7, 2022
Cooperative Agreement
Program

National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
January 14, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
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Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend)

The purpose of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) program is to support postdoctoral Fellows who will broaden the participation of groups that are underrepresented in MPS fields in the U.S. including Blacks or African Americans...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 6, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
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Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for...
Full Proposal Window
January 31, 2022
Proposal window January 3, 2022 - January 31, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards

The Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards program supports university-based centers to advance research on the fundamental solid Earth processes that underpin natural hazards. Centers will catalyze, coordinate, and produce transformative research, lead innovation, and enable...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
November 30, 2021
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS): Innovative Solutions to Climate Change

Dear Colleagues: This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages the science and engineering communities to develop forward-thinking research that will demonstrably aid in the Nation's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developing approaches for adapting to the change...
Posted September 30, 2021
See letter for details
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Indicators, Statistics, and Methods (NCSES S&T)

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the thirteen principal federal statistical agencies within the United States. It is responsible for the collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting and dissemination of...
Full Proposal Deadline:
January 18, 2022