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National Robotics Initiative (NRI)
National Institutes of Health
- Grace C.Y. Peng, Ph. D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Electronic Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Dr. Robert O. Ambrose
2101 NASA Parkway
Mail Code ER1
NASA Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058
Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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)
Revisions and Updates