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Jeffrey C. Trinkle
jtrinkle@nsf.gov, 703-292-8327

Ephraim P. Glinert
eglinert@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8930

Jie Yang
jyang@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4768

Tatiana Korelsky
tkorelsk@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8930

Mitra Basu
mbasu@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8910

Ralph Wachter
rwachter@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8950

Radhakishan Baheti
rbaheti@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8339

Jordan M. Berg
jberg@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5365

Alexander Leonessa
aleoness@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2678

Frederick M. Kronz
fkronz@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7283

John Krupczak
jkrupcza@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4647

National Institutes of Health

  • Grace C.Y. Peng, Ph. D.
    Program Director
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    National Institutes of Health
    6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 200 
    Bethesda, MD 20892-7510

  Electronic Mail: penggr@mail.nih.gov
  Office: 301-451-4778
  Fax: 301-480-1614

United States Department of Agriculture

  • Daniel Schmoldt, Ph.D.
    National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Waterfront Centre, Ste. 3328
    800 9th Street SW
    Washington DC 20024

    Electronic mail: dschmoldt@nifa.usda.gov
    Telephone: 202-720-4807

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Dr. Robert O. Ambrose
    2101 NASA Parkway
    Mail Code ER1
    NASA Johnson Space Center
    Houston, TX 77058

    Electronic mail: robert.o.ambrose@nasa.gov
    Telephone: 281-244-5561

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • Dr. Gill Pratt
    Defense Sciences Office/DARPA
    675 N. Randolph Street
    Arlington, VA 22203

   Electronic mail: Gill.Pratt@darpa.mil
   Telephone: (571) 218-4614

Solicitation 15-505

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.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  January 14, 2015

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  December 3, 2015

First Thursday in December, Annually Thereafter

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of  Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to that agency’s point of contact listed in section VIII of this solicitation.

Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long-term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

Only one class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation; there will not be separate competitions for small, medium, and large proposals. Please refer to section III of this solicitation for budget size information.

NSF Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards
NIH Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards
USDA Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards
NSF Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards
NIH Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards
NASA Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog Post on 2012 NRI Award Announcement
NRI webinar for Solicitation NSF 11-553 (Sept 13, 2011)

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