Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Program Solicitation
NSF 18-520


Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity, but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.

For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries—such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions—consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities. A “smart and connected community” is, in turn, a community that synergistically integrates intelligent technologies with the natural and built environments, including infrastructure, to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, or travel within it.

A proposal for an S&CC Integrative Research Grants must include the following:

  • Integrative research that addresses the technological and social dimensions of smart and connected communities;
  • Meaningful community engagement that integrates community stakeholders within the project;
  • A management plan that summarizes how the project will be managed across disciplines, institutions, and community entities; and
  • An evaluation plan for assessing short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of the proposed activities.

S&CC is a cross-directorate program supported by NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). Awards may be requested for total budgets ranging from $750,000 to $3,000,000 for periods of up to four years.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards

7 to 15

The number of awards is dependent upon the proposals received and the degree to which proposals meet the solicitation goals, NSF merit review criteria, and solicitation-specific review criteria.

Anticipated Funding Amount


Subject to the quality of proposals received and availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI


An individual may appear as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Consultant on no more than two proposals submitted in response to this solicitation.

In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first two proposals received prior to the deadline will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization and any subawards included as part of a collaborative proposal involving multiple institutions. No exceptions will be made.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Submission of Letters of Intent is required. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         January 30, 2018

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         February 28, 2018

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs: Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral

Monday, October 22, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website. 

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


Eligibility Requirements

  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program¹, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

1Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA available here.



  • Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years 
  • Dissertation--$25,000 for one year 
  • Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year 

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 70 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.


Application Deadline Dates

  • Predoctoral: December 13, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 
  • Dissertation: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 
  • Postdoctoral: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 


Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 8, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)


Podcast on Drought Features a Missouri Transect Plant Team Member

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Missouri is currently facing a drought alert and 30 counties are experiencing extreme drought this summer.  University of Missouri Chancellor, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright, sat down for an Inside Mizzou podcast with several MU professors, including Dr. Felix Fritschi of the Missouri Transect Plant Team to discuss how drought is understood and felt by communities, how it is studied at MU and how research can help bring about innovation to combat drought and natural disasters. 

Plant Genome Research Program

Monday, August 27, 2018


The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research that addresses challenging questions of biological, societal and economic importance. PGRP encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that empower a broad plant research community to answer scientific questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the scale and depth of the question being addressed and the creativity of the approach. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training, broadening participation, and career development are essential to scientific progress and should be integrated in all PGRP-funded projects.

Two funding tracks are currently available:

  1. RESEARCH-PGR TRACK: Genome-scale plant research to address fundamental biological questions in biology, including economically important processes of societal importance.
  2. TRTech-PGR TRACK: Tools, resources and technology breakthroughs that further enable functional plant genomics.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:
Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15

Anticipated Funding Amount: $20,000,000
Approximately $20,000,000 will be available for new and continuing awards in FY 2019. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award number, size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.
Limitation of Awards
PGRP proposal budget requests may not exceed $5 million to support up to a 5-year project plan, although most projects are expected to require less.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s):
         Proposals Accepted Anytime

Proposal Links

Summary of Program Requirements

  1. Introduction
  2. Program Description
  3. Award Information
  4. Eligibility Information
  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane/ Requirements
  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. Merit Review Principles and Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process
  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements
  8. Agency Contacts
  9. Other Information

ITEST Proposal Development Course - Registration Now Open

Friday, June 29, 2018

Are you designing or implementing a program that impacts
PreK-12 students’ future in STEM?

Are you interested in applying for NSF funds to support
the research and development of this program?

Are you new to proposal writing?

Register for the ITEST Proposal Development Course! 

What is the course?  

Back by popular demand - the ITEST Proposal Development Course is now open to the public.

The ITEST Proposal Development Course, hosted and facilitated by the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, is a self-paced online course in which novice NSF proposal writers will develop a full NSF proposal for the ITEST program, to be submitted for the August 8, 2018 solicitation deadline.

The course covers the critical components of developing a successful NSF ITEST proposal including; forming partnerships, writing a compelling narrative, developing research and evaluation designs that are well-aligned and impactful, planning for fruitful dissemination, preparing a budget, and finally, submitting the proposal to NSF.

Who should take the course?

The course best serves individuals who:

  • Have not yet submitted a successful NSF proposal 
  • Have a proposal idea that aligns with the goals and expectations of the ITEST Program
    • Research and development of PreK-12 programs that promote awareness of STEM careers, build skills to prepare for STEM careers, and provide technology-rich experiences  (see ITEST Solicitation 17-565 for further details) 
  • Plan to submit an NSF ITEST proposal due on August 8, 2018 

In addition, the ITEST Program and STELAR Center are committed to broadening the participation of the ITEST community to individuals from organizations and communities not currently represented in the ITEST portfolio.

How do I sign up?

  1. Click the “Sign up” button below 
  2. Complete the online registration form 
  3. Once you’ve completed the online registration form you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to create an account and enroll in the ITEST Proposal Development Course
Sign up for the ITEST Proposal Development Course

Feedback from previous course participants: 

On how the course made a difference:
“After meeting several professionals and having access to materials, diverse ideas, and contributions from individuals during this course, I am very confident in proposal development and in how to make a broader impact in my future projects.  It also helped me to connect with diverse professionals who are interested or doing great work in ITEST. Overall this course was a magnificent opportunity for me to develop intellectual merit in proposal writing.”
Strongest takeaway from the course:
“The proposal writing process is quite extensive and requires lots of planning, support, and … experience.”
General feedback on the course:
“I really appreciated how the modules took you step-by-step through a proposal. It helped me understand the micro steps within each proposal section, the kinds of questions I should be thinking about, and the kinds of resources I can pull on to develop this section of the proposal.”  

About the ITEST Program: 

The NSF ITEST Program is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

About STELAR: 

The mission of STELAR is to build capacity and magnify the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program.  

  • We facilitate ITEST projects’ success in developing and articulating innovative models for STEM learning environments. 
  • We synthesize and disseminate ITEST projects’ findings nationally. 
  • We conduct outreach to broaden participation in the ITEST community of practice.

Whether you are implementing a project, submitting a proposal for funding, or looking to connect with other STEM education and workforce stakeholders nationally, there are multiple ways in which STELAR can assist you.  

Questions? Please feel free to contact the STELAR Team at stelar [at] edc [dot] org (subject: Proposal%20Development%20Course) (stelar [at] edc [dot] org)

View this invitation online HERE

Registration Open for Computer Science Institute for Women, July 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Register here:

Questions can be directed to Terry Woodford-Thomas (tthomas [at] danforthcenter [dot] org) and Fengpeng Sun (sunf [at] umkc [dot] edu)

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Program Solicitation
NSF 18-554

Synopsis of Program

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement) -- see for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.


Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 55 to 60

CISE expects to make 55 to 60 awards each year.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000

CISE expects the total funding to be up to $10,000,000 each year, subject to the availability of funds.

Each award will be up to $175,000 for up to 24 months.


Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI:

Only one principal investigator per proposal is allowed; co-principal investigators and senior personnel are not permitted. Please see Additional Eligibility Information below for more information on who is eligible.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

A PI may submit one proposal per annual competition.

In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the two-competition limit.

The PI may not submit a CRII proposal in the same calendar year in which he/she submits a CAREER proposal. A CRII proposal submitted in the same calendar year as a CAREER proposal by the same PI will be returned without review.


Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         August 08, 2018

         August 14, 2019

         Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

2018 Plant Molecular Biology Gordon Research Conference and Seminar

Monday, April 2, 2018

Application Information

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Conference Description

The theme of the 2018 Plant Molecular Biology GRC is "Dynamic Plant Systems". At this meeting, we aim to foster interactions in this emerging new field - plant system dynamics. Our goal is to spark discussions and collaborations across different scales of time (minutes, hours, days, years) - and across different levels of inquiry - from epigenetic and transcription dynamics, to dynamics of cell biological and developmental processes, to whole plant physiology and evolutionary dynamics. Our program will bring together thought-leaders in this new and emerging field of plant system dynamics that span PIs, post-docs and students.

Conference Website

Register now and see the full program here

CAREER Webinar on May 15, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) has scheduled a webinar from 1 PM to 3 PM on May 15, 2018


The NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee hosts a webinar to answer participants' questions about development and submission of proposals to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The webinar will give participants the opportunity to interact with members of the NSF-wide CAREER Coordinating Committee in a question-and-answer format.

In preparation for the webinar, participants are strongly encouraged to consult material available on-line concerning the CAREER program. In particular, the CAREER program web page has a wealth of current information about the program, including:

Additionally, there is a video of a live presentation about the CAREER program accessible through the library of videos from a recent NSF Grants Conference.

How to Submit Questions

Participants may submit questions about CAREER proposal development and submission in advance of the webinar by sending e-mail to:  careerwebinarqs [at] nsf [dot] gov  Questions received by May 11, 2018 will be considered for inclusion in the webinar.

Please note that questions regarding eligibility for the CAREER program in any individual case will not be addressed during the webinar.  Questions about the CAREER program that are not covered during the webinar should be directed to the appropriate NSF Divisional contact shown on the web page 


Participants should register in advance at the web page

How to Access the Webinar

Video and audio for the webinar are provided separately.

  • Video (no sound provided):
  • Audio:
    • Call 1-877-951-7311 (USA toll free)
    • Participant passcode: 5332898
    • For real-time closed captioning, visit and input event confirmation number 3582723.
    • US-based participants who are out of the country during the webinar may obtain an international dial-in number by sending a request to careerwebinarqs [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF CAREER Program Webinar Presentation Slides

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2017 - 2019  (NSF 17-050)


This announcement is posted on the CAREER webpage: ​