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June 18, 2014 - Attention FY2015 CAREER applicants: Please note the new minimum CAREER award size for the Directorate for Engineering beginning in the FY15 competition (July 22, 2014 deadline), described in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-062.

George Haddad
ghaddad@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8339
Room 525 N

Zhi Tian
ztian@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8339
Room 525 N

Mona Zaghloul
mzaghlou@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8339
Room 525 N

Apply to PD 13-7564 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Supplement Deadline Date:  April 1, 2015

REU/RET Supplements

April 1, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015

October 1 - November 1, Annually Thereafter


These submission windows do not apply to proposals for workshops, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), or Rapid Response Grants (RAPID) .

The Division deadline for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Supplements is April 1st. Please note: The ECCS Division has established an $8,000.00 REU limit per student. Please contact your Program Director for further details. 

The Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS supports innovative research and integrated educational activities in micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), communications and sensing systems, and cyber-physical systems. The goal is to design, develop, and implement new complex and hybrid systems at all scales, including nano and macro, that lead to innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of application domains including, but not limited to, healthcare, medicine, environmental monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings. CCSS also supports integration technologies at both intra- and inter- chip levels, new and advanced radio frequency (RF), millimeter wave and optical wireless and hybrid communications systems architectures, and sensing and imaging at terahertz (THz) frequencies.

Proposals for the CCSS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

Areas of interest include:

George Haddad

  • Low Power, Low Noise, High Efficiency Communications
  • Inter- and Intra-Chip Communications and Networking including THz and optical guided and wireless interconnects
  • Wireless Communications and Sensing circuits and systems
  • Integrated Circuit Design ( Mixed-Signal, Fault-Tolerant, Self -Test and Repair, Stochastic Design)
  • Real-Time Monitoring and Stimulation of the Brain and other Body functions in natural environments

Zhi (Gerry) Tian

  • RF/Wireless, Optical, and Hybrid Communications and Networking
  • Integrated Sensing, Communication, and Computational Systems
  • Spectrum Access and Spectrum Sharing, Cognitive Radio
  • Signal Processing and Compressive Sampling
  • Cyber Physical Systems and Security

Mona Zaghloul

  • Micro, Nano, and Bio Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Chemical, Biological, and Physical Diagnostics
  • Sensors, Actuators, and Electronic Interfaces (Brain and other Body functions, Health, Infrastructure and Environment)
  • Ultra-Low power wearable and implantable sensing and imaging systems

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