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Unsolicited Proposal Window in ECCS

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of the major disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, ECCS will extend its Unsolicited Proposal Submission Deadline until next Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

ECCS has transitioned to a single submission window for unsolicited proposals. The new submission window for unsolicited proposals in the ECCS Division is:

  • October 1 - November 1

Proposals submitted before or after the submission window will be returned without review.  If the deadline date falls on a weekend, it will be extended to the following Monday; if the date falls on a holiday, it will be extended to the following business day.  This submission window is for ECCS unsolicited proposals only and does not apply to workshop proposals, proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program, or Rapid Response Grants (RAPID). The Division deadline for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Supplements is April 1st.

The ECCS Division discourages multiple proposals by the same PI and/or Co-PI within the same submission window.

The proposal review is typically accomplished by panels of external experts, and decisions about awards or declinations are made within 6 months of each submission window.  For unsolicited proposals, the two NSF merit review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts are evaluated explicitly in the review and in considering award recommendations.  These criteria are discussed in section 3A of the NSF Grant Proposal GuideBoth merit review criteria must be explicitly addressed in the project summary, or the proposal will be returned without review.





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