Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC Frontiers)

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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.

Supports research centers addressing cybersecurity and privacy, drawing on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; social and behavioral sciences.


In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity and privacy involve 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; corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, complex interactions among systems/components, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of cybersecurity and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity and privacy.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. Please see the SaTC program solicitation (NSF 21-500, ) for more details.

Through this solicitation—under the SaTC umbrella—NSF specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the area of cybersecurity and privacy that (1) catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems and/or by compelling applications and novel technologies that promise significant scientific and/or societal benefits, and (2) stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits. The goal of the SaTC Frontiers program is to advance the frontiers of cybersecurity and privacy, and the areas listed in the SaTC program solicitation (NSF 21-500, ) are meant to be illustrative but not exhaustive.

The SaTC Frontiers program will support proposals from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.

Program contacts

Jeremy Epstein
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Nina Amla
Program Director, CISE/CCF (703) 292-7991 CISE/OAD
Robert Beverly
Program Director, CISE/OAC (703) 292-7068 CISE/OAC
Dan R. Cosley
Program Director, CISE/IIS (703) 292-8491 CISE/IIS
Sol Greenspan
Program Director, CISE/CCF (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Leland M. Jameson
Program Director, MPS/DMS (703) 292-4883 MPS/DMS
James Joshi
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Sara Kiesler
Program Director, SBE/SES (703) 292-8643 SBE/SES
Wei-Shinn Ku
Program Director, CISE/IIS (703) 292-8318 CISE/IIS
Rosa Lukaszew
Program Director, ENG/ECCS (703) 292-8103 ENG/ECCS
Daniela Oliveira
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Victor P. Piotrowski
Program Director, EHR/DGE (703) 292-8670 EHR/DGE
Andrew D. Pollington
Program Director, MPS/DMS (703) 292-4878 MPS/DMS
Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Program Director, CISE/IIS (703) 292-4847 CISE/IIS
Phillip A. Regalia
Program Director, CISE/CCF (703) 292-2981 CISE/CCF
Alexander Sprintson
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Nigamanth Sridhar
Program Director, EHR/DGE (703) 292-7294
Li Yang
Program Director, EHR/DGE (703) 292-2677 EHR/DGE

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