BIO Centers, Facilities, and Additional Research Infrastructure Cluster (CFARI)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The CFARI Cluster includes programs for larger infrastructure investments to meet the growing needs of the biological sciences research community and enable US researchers to remain competitive in a global research environment. These programs include institutes, centers, mid¬-scale research infrastructure, facilities, and additional research infrastructure. Many of these larger entities have scopes and research themes that are typically broad, complex, technical and/or integrative--beyond what a single or smaller research project can accomplish. Given their complexity and scope, they also require project management and/or team science expertise to ensure science outcomes are achieved. Many are also expected to develop innovative programs in education and training, broadening participation, tool development, or cyberinfrastructure development and management. Each of the programs below has specific requirements and criteria contained within a solicitation.

Program contacts

Steven E. Ellis (703) 292-7876 BIO/DBI
Sridhar Raghavachari (703) 292-4845 BIO/DBI
Charlotte Roehm (703) 292-8470 BIO/DBI
Jennifer W. Weller (703) 292-2224 BIO/DBI
Rachael M. Allbritten (703) 292-8537 BIO/DBI