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NSF: Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships NSF 22-521

The Office of the Vice President for Research is conducting a limited submission competition for the NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships.

There is a limit of three pre-proposals from each submitting organization.

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards.

STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact.

STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines.

STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports.

STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

NSF expects STCs to both involve individuals who are members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels within the Center (faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers) as well as be a leader in broadening participation in STEM. Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

A PI or Co-PI on one proposal in this competition may not be a participant in another STC proposal under review in the same competition.

• Project Summary (1 page): Provide a description of the proposed STC, addressing separately the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the Center. The summary should be informative to those working in the same or related field(s), and understandable to a broad audience within the scientific domain.

• Project Description (4 pages): Please articulate your vision for the proposed Center that clearly outlines the grand challenges being addressed, the breakthroughs being sought, the potential impacts, and intended legacies of the Center. Describe the role and assets each participating organization brings to the center, and briefly describe the role that each team member will have in addressing the Center’s goals. Describe how the proposed research areas/themes integrate with each other to realize the Center's research vision. Describe the focus of the education, broadening participation, and knowledge transfer activities. Outline how the integration of research, education, and knowledge transfer, in a center-level activity, will advance the proposed research. Identify specific activities and mechanisms that will enable cross-organizational and cross-sector integration of the team.

• Biosketch: An NSF-formatted biosketch for all Co-PIs.

Please send the above as a single PDF file to Richard White ( by Thursday,December 2, 2021..

The NSF deadline for pre-proposals to this competition is February 1, 2022, and invited full proposals, August 29, 2022. For more information:

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