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Computer and Information Science and Engineering : Core Programs, Large Projects

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports collaborative, large-scale fundamental research within the scope of one or more of the participating CISE divisions' core programs.


The NSF CISE Directorate supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering through core programs. The core programs for the participating CISE divisions include:

  •   Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): 
    • Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program ; 
    • Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program
    • Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) program; and 
    • Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program

  •  Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS): 
    • Computer and Network Systems (CSR) program;
    • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program;

  • Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS):
    • Human-Centered Computing (HCC) program
    • Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and 
    • Robust Intelligence (RI) program

This solicitation invites proposals on bold new ideas tackling ambitious and fundamental research problems within scope of one or more of the participating CISE divisions core programs listed above, and that are well suited to a large-scale integrated collaborative effort. Teams should consist of two or more investigators (PI, co-PI(s), or other Senior Personnel) with complementary expertise. Investigators are strongly encouraged to come together within or across disciplines and/or institutions and combine their creative talents to identify compelling, transformative research agendas where the impact of the results will exceed that of the sum of each of their individual contributions. Investigators are especially encouraged to seek out partnerships in a wide class of institutions that together produce innovative approaches to the proposed research.   

Proposals that are focused on research infrastructure are not appropriate for this solicitation.

Proposers are invited to submit proposals with total budgets from $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 and durations up to five years. 

Program contacts

Marilyn M. Mcclure
Program Director, CNS
mmcclure@nsf.gov (703) 292-5197 CISE/CNS
Ann C. Von Lehmen
Program Director, CNS
avonlehm@nsf.gov (703) 292-4756 CISE/CNS
Hector Munoz-Avila
Program Director, IIS
hmunoz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4481 CISE/IIS
Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Program Director, IIS
bprabhak@nsf.gov (703) 292-4847 CISE/IIS
Sankar Basu
Program Director, CCF
sabasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-7843 CISE/CCF
Danella Zhao
Program Director, CCF
dzhao@nsf.gov (703) 292-4434 CISE/CCF

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