Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC)

Limited Submissions
Monday, October 6, 2014
Institute Contact: Susan Roche, 404.894.8802 or

The NSF has released funding opportunity number NSF 14-600, initiating another round of competition for Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC).

Per the solicitation, the STC 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 area of science and engineering that NSF supports. These programmatic investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Successful STC partners will share an ambitious research vision or theme of national importance that integrates research and education and is of sufficient scale and complexity to require the center mode of support. Themes consistent with NSF priorities, including such areas as cognitive science and neuroscience, clean energy, and food security, as well as other national priorities are encouraged.  The STC program seeks to support education activities directed toward the development of a diverse, internationally competitive and globally engaged workforce of scientists, engineers, and citizens well-prepared for a broad set of career paths. The education goals of an STC may address the needs of students participating in Center research activities or students in broader fields of research represented by the STC activities. NSF is committed to the principle of broadening participation and expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering, at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center.  STCs must be designed so as to foster knowledge transfer that involves the exchange of scientific and technical information between the Center and external stakeholders who can then apply and utilize the knowledge to create further advances.

NSF has implemented a two-phase submission process for this award, with a Phase 1 - Preliminary Proposal limited to three (3) proposals per institution;  and a Phase 2 - Full Proposal accepted by NSF invitation only.



  • This award is a Cooperative Agreement, with an initial commitment of five years, and the possibility of a 5 year renewal.
  • There is a maximum budget request of $4 million the first year, and up to $5 million per year, thereafter. 
  • It is anticipated that up to 4 STCs will receive funding through this competition.

Institutional/PI Limitations

  • An institution may submit three (3) preliminary proposals on which it is identified as the lead institution.  There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.  The STC will not support more than one Center from any one lead institution in this competition.
  • A PI or CoPI on one proposal in this competition may not be a participant in another STC proposal under review in this same competition. If a proposal is declined at any state, the PI or Co-PI on the declined proposal may then participate in another STC proposal.

Award Timeline

  • GT Internal Preliminary Pre-Proposal due                       October 6, 2014
  • GT Internal Preliminary Pre-Proposal Presentations             October 14-15, 2014 GT
  • Down-Selection (with feedback)                                             October 22, 2014
  • Preliminary Pre-Proposals due to NSF                                   December 11, 2014
  • Full Proposal due to NSF (by NSF invitation only)                  June 16, 2015

GT Internal Submission Process

To be considered for selection as one of the three applicants approved to represent GT in this competition, please submit the following to Susan Roche (, as a single .pdf file, by Monday, October 6, 2014:

  1. Project Description (8-pages maximum). The Project Description should articulate a vision for the proposed Center that clearly outlines the grand challenges being addressed or breakthroughs being sought. The proposed research should be sufficiently complex, large-scale, and long-term to justify a Center and flexible enough to permit change as the research proceeds. The proposed approaches must be innovative, and it must be clear how they will transform or significantly impact the research area. The Project Description must describe how the integration of research, education, and knowledge transfer in a center-level activity will advance the proposed research in a way that other funding mechanisms cannot. A justification for the focus of the education programs and activities should be included and described in the context of current knowledge of teaching and learning. Include a description of the team members and why each is essential to the project plan (must not be more than 2 of the 8 pages). In addition to an outline of research themes, some illustrative examples of specific research directions with sufficient detail to be evaluated by reviewers should be included. Results from Prior NSF Support should not be included. Links to URLs may not be used.
  2. References Cited (2-page limit). See NSF GPG instructions for format. 
  3. Biographical Sketches (2-page limit per person). Biographical Sketches are required for the Center Director and all faculty and staff members whose research, education, knowledge transfer or broadening participation activities will be supported by the Center. See GPG for details.
  4. Project Personnel List. List all project personnel who have a role in the management, research, education, broadening participation, and knowledge transfer components of the Center. Use the following format:  last name, first name, institution/organization
  5. Project Partners List - Provide a separate list of all institutions and organizations with which project personnel are affiliated, organized into the following categories: Academic institutions, National Laboratories, Federal Government, Industry, Non-Governmental Organizations State and Local Government, and International institutions.
  6. Budget Outline - Include a one-page table indicating an estimate of funds that will be allocated to each participating institution, broken down by category, i.e., research, education, knowledge transfer, and broadening participation. Stipends and tuition for graduate students engaged in research and stipends for undergraduates students engaged in research should be included in the research category.

Each team which submits a GT Internal Preliminary Pre-Proposal will be provided with an opportunity to give a brief presentation for the GT STC Review Team on either October 14th or 15th.

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