Engineering Technologies to Advance Underwater Sciences (ETAUS)

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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.


An Ideas Lab is an intensive meeting that brings together multiple diverse perspectives to focus on finding innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to a grand challenge problem. The aim of this Ideas Lab is to bring together experts from diverse scientific and engineering backgrounds to develop innovative engineering technologies and solutions that will enable real-time and reliable sensing, communications, localization, navigation, and mapping of aquatic environments, including glaciers, rivers, lakes, and oceans, for scientific research and economic development in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

This Ideas Lab will seek and prioritize proposals which will measurably increase the diversity and participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

This Ideas Lab is organized by the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

Program contacts

For questions related to environmental compliance, please contact Holly E. Smith, Office of the General Counsel, phone (703) 292-7713, email 

Jenshan Lin (703) 292-7360 ENG/ECCS
Giovanna Biscontin (703) 292-2339 ENG/CMMI
Kathryn Jablokow (703) 292-7933 ENG/CMMI
Kandace S. Binkley (703) 292-7577 GEO/OCE
Maurice A. Tivey (703) 292-7298 GEO/OCE
Kelly M. Brunt (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Olivia Lee (703) 292-2611 GEO/OPP
Allen J. Pope (703) 292-2858 GEO/OPP
Robyn Smyth (703) 292-2996 BIO/DEB
Francisco B. Moore (703) 292-5376 BIO/DEB
Robert D. Fleischmann (703) 292-7191 BIO/DBI
Kevin L. Thompson (703) 292-4220 CISE/OAC

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