Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Information Technology Research (ITR) (NSF 04-012)
REVISIONS AND UPDATES
One FAQ was added under Eligibility Requirements (February 06, 2004).
Information Technology Research
Question: How many proposals am I allowed to submit this year to the ITR solicitation (NSF 04-012)?
Answer: The short answer is, “You can submit ONE proposal to this year’s ITR solicitation (NSF-04-012).”
Question: In the “Revisions and Updates” section of the ITR solicitation, you say that an “individual may appear as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI, other senior personnel or paid consultant on only one ITR proposal….” Do you include subawards and/or collaborative proposals in your count?
Answer: Yes. When we say “only one ITR proposal,” we mean that any individual can only have a single role in any unique project this year. Thus, one cannot appear as a PI on a proposal from one’s own institution, say, and also appear in another project as a co-PI on a subaward where another institution has the lead. According to our counting system, that would mean that one is working on two projects submitted to ITR this year and that is not allowed.
Answer: We will develop a database of all ITR personnel on all ITR proposals. If we find that your name appears more than once in the database, we will return all proposals you are on without review.
Answer: No. This policy cannot be circumvented. You cannot send one ITR proposal to SBE and another ITR proposal to MPS just because they are different directorates. You cannot submit one proposal from your own institution and also be on another proposal from another institution. Nor will we will allow attempts to retroactively correct a violation of this policy by, for example, making changes to proposals after the ITR deadline. In the event that an individual above the rank of post-doc appears on more than one proposal, withdrawing all but one of them after the ITR proposal deadline will not prevent the remaining proposal(s) from being returned without review.
Question: I will be a post-doc or graduate student for at least the first year of any potential ITR award. Can my name appear in the project description or budget justification in more than one ITR proposal?
Answer: Yes. If more than one faculty person is willing to include you on their proposal and if they are submitting separate proposals, they may all request support for your post-doc or graduate student research. However, you may not appear as a PI, Co-PI, or as Senior Personnel on more than one proposal.
Answer: Yes. You are eligible to submit an ITR proposal this year. The one proposal policy applies only to ITR proposals submitted this year in response to NSF 04-012.
Answer: No. The department within a university or non-profit research organization does not matter. The subject of the research does matter; the focus of the research must be on IT for National Priorities in order for it to be considered appropriate for the ITR Program this year.
Answer: The ITR Program encourages international collaborations. ITR understands that IT research challenges cross national boundaries and that U.S. investigators communicate and collaborate with colleagues throughout the world to accomplish their research goals. The typical expectation is that all researchers on a project team will receive funding from their own countries’ funding agencies, especially if the international collaboration is with researchers in developed countries (e.g., Europe, Britain, Japan) that have substantial resources of their own. However, the eligibility rules for submission to ITR do allow for international institutions to apply indirectly to the ITR Program – either as consultants on a lead proposal or as subawards. In both cases, justification is required of the unique capabilities offered or the specific research needs that will be accomplished. No indirect costs are allowed to be charged by the international institution. In addition, it is expected that the international budget will be small, relative to the overall size of the project budget.
Answer: Collaboration with federally funded laboratories of other agencies and for-profit organizations is encouraged. However, government laboratories and for-profit organizations may only participate as subawardees. The main proposal must be submitted by a university or college, or a U.S. non-profit research institution. Government labs and for-profit organizations must fund their own employees’ salaries. Any subaward budget that provides for support of activities at government laboratories or for-profit organizations must explain what unique resource is being made available.
Answer: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answer: As noted in the above two FAQs, the ITR program welcomes collaborations between academic researchers and international, for-profit or governmental agencies or labs. As noted in the solicitation,
The main proposal must be submitted by a university or college, or a U.S. non-profit research institution.
ITR policies and constraints related to international, for-profit or governmental agency or lab collaborations for ITR are listed below: