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Jeremy Epstein
jepstein@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8338
Room 1175

Nina Amla
namla@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8910
Room 1115

Christopher Clifton
cclifton@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8930

Sol Greenspan
sgreensp@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8910
Room 1115

Anita Nikolich
anikolic@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8970

Victor P. Piotrowski
vpiotrow@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5141
Room 865

Andrew D. Pollington
adpollin@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4878
Room 1025

Zhi (Gerry) Tian
ztian@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2210
Room 525

Ralph Wachter
rwachter@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8950
Room 1175

Heng Xu
hxu@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8643
Room 995 N

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Solicitation 14-599

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 Window:  October 27, 2014 - November 10, 2014

MEDIUM Projects

Full Proposal Window:  November 12, 2014 - November 20, 2014

LARGE Projects

Full Proposal Window:  December 4, 2014 - December 19, 2014

CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION Projects

December 4 - December 19, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  January 2, 2015 - January 14, 2015

SMALL Projects

January 2 - January 14, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 2, 2015 - September 21, 2015

MEDIUM Projects

September 2 - September 19, Annually Thereafter

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated Federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to "change the game," minimize the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering together with the computing, communications and information sciences.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective (see “Perspectives” below). In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives (see below). Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three categories (plus Cybersecurity Education; see below):

  • Small projects:up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years
  • Medium projects:$500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years
  • Large projects: $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years

Projects with Trustworthy Computing Systems and/or Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspectives may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option, described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. This document should describe how successful research results are to be further developed, matured, and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems used by members of the NSF science and engineering communities. Proposals with a TTP option may exceed the above-stated funding maxima by up to $167,000 for Small projects, $400,000 for Medium projects and $750,000 for Large projects.

For Small hardware security proposals, the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective is focused specifically on hardware research innovation that addresses SaTC goals, and includes the opportunity to collaborate closely with industry. STARSS proposals may not include either the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP option following the same guidelines as above.

In addition, the SaTC program seeks proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education with total budgets limited to $300,000 and durations of up to two years. These cybersecurity education projects may not include any of the three perspectives named above, nor may they include a TTP Option.

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