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  • Science Director Dr. John Spence at the STC BioXFEL named Royal Society Fellow
  • On April 15th, OIA hosted the event INCUBATING TRANSFORMATION: How NSF Program Awards are Catalyzing Progress in Research and Education. The event included presentations, a panel discussion and poster sessions highlighting four of our most prestigious programs: Science and Technology Centers, Major Research Instrumentation, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Academic Research Infrastructure. To see the presentations from the event please visit http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/150415/. You will need to register with your email address to watch the videos.

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Dragana Brzakovic
dbrzakov@nsf.gov, (703)292-8040

Solicitation 14-600

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center.  Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups. 

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors.  Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships Program (nsf 14-119)

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