Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

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


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; 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, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of security 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.

The goals of the SaTC program are aligned with the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity research and development: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice.

The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, drawing on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication, and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both welcome.

The SaTC program spans the interests of NSF's Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Education and Human Resources (EHR). Proposals must be submitted pursuant to one of the following designations, each of which may have additional restrictions and administrative obligations as specified in this program solicitation.

·       CORE: This designation is the main focus of the multidisciplinary SaTC research program.

·       EDU: The Education (EDU) designation is used to label proposals focusing on cybersecurity and privacy education and training.

·       TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing research results to practice.

CORE and TTP proposals may be submitted in one of the following project size classes:

·       Small projects: up to $600,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years; and

·       Medium projects: $600,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.

EDU proposals are limited to $400,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years. EDU proposals that demonstrate a collaboration, reflected in the PI, co-PI, and/or Senior Personnel composition, between a cybersecurity subject matter expert (researcher or practitioner) and an education researcher may request up to $500,000 for three years.

Program contacts

SaTC Questions:
Jeremy J. Epstein
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-8338 CISE/CNS
Cindy Bethel (703) 292-4420 CISE/IIS
Robert Beverly
Program Director, CISE/OAC 703-292-7068 CISE/OAC
Daniel R. Cosley
Program Director, CISE/IIS (703) 292-8832 CISE/IIS
Sol Greenspan
Program Director, CISE/CCF (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Timothy Hodges (703) 292-5359 MPS/DMS
James Joshi
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292 8950 CISE/CNS
Sara Kiesler
Program Director, SBE/SES (703) 292-8643 SBE/SES
Rosa A. Lukaszew
Program Director, ENG/ECCS (703) 292-8103 ENG/ECCS
Daniela Oliveira
Program Director, CISE/CNS (703) 292-4352 CISE/CNS
Victor P. Piotrowski
Program Director, EHR/DGE (703) 292-5141 EDU/DGE
Andrew D. Pollington
Program Director, MPS/DMS (703) 292-4878 MPS/DMS
Phillip A. Regalia
Program Director, CISE/CCF (703) 292-2981 CISE/CCF
Ambareen Siraj (703) 292-8182 EDU/DGE
Anna Squicciarini (703) 292-5177 CISE/CNS
Xiaogang (Cliff) Wang (703) 292-2812 CISE/CNS
ChunSheng Xin (703) 292-7353 EDU/DGE
Li Yang
Program Director, EHR/DGE (703) 292-2677 EDU/DGE

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