Please note: There is NO CURRENT SOLICITATION for an NSF STC. The October 1, 2014 deadline is an estimate based on historical award timelines. GT has been advised that NSF intends to issue a solicitation to fund two (2) new STCs, in the spring of 2014, with the associated funds expected to be issued in 2016.
As detailed in the 2010 STC solicitation, the Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.
NSF STC awards are historically in the $5 million per year range, for a period of five (5) years, with possible renewal for an additional five (5) years, or a 10 year total. Previous solicitations called for submission of a Preliminary Proposal to NSF, with Final Proposals submitted by invitation only. Institutions have been limited to the submission of a total of three (3) Preliminary Proposals. Although it is impossible to predict the exact requirements and/or priorities to be specified in the anticipated solicitation, the 2010 and 2013 solicitations will likely provide a good idea of what to expect, as you begin to consider proposal ideas and leadership options.
2010 NSF STC Solicitation - http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08580/nsf08580.htm
2013 NSF STC Solicitation - http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11522/nsf11522.htm
All potential applicants are encouraged to work with an IRI (http://www.research.gatech.edu/institutes) if your proposed program area fits within an IRI topical area. IRI directors are poised to help support the organization of proposals.
While this year's RFP has not yet been published, based on the timelines of previous STC award cycles we have devised a time line for preparation and review of this round of STC proposals as follows:
- White Paper due to GT (Topic, Team, Partners, Management Team): June 15, 2014 (Optional)
- GT Pre-Proposal due to GT (for review/feedback): August 4, 2014 (Optional)
- NSF Pre-Proposals due to GT: September 8, 2014 (Mandatory)
- Team Presentations to GT Review Panel: Early September, 2014
- GT Down-Selection: (with feedback for improvement): September 22, 2014
- Preliminary Proposals due to NSF: October 15, 2014 (est.)
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