Innovation Transition (lnTrans)

Dear Colleagues,

The Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate is pleased to announce the availability of "Innovation Transition" (lnTrans) awards for project teams completing Expeditions-in Computing projects and for project teams completing 5-year Frontiers projects in the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-PhysicalSystems (CPS) programs.

The goal of InTrans is to continue the long-term vision and objectives of the project team, to mature and deploy successful research and innovation results in industries, and to facilitate the transition of the innovations to support from industrial sponsors along with the potential to develop new technologies.

This new opportunity is available for all Expeditions and Frontier project teams in their 4th or 5th year of the original funding. For purposes of this document, a "project team" refers to the institution or group of institutions (and the associated PIs and co-PIs) that submitted a successful proposal or collaborative proposal in response to the Expeditions, SaTC or CPS solicitation. Prior to submission of an InTrans proposal, the proposer must secure industrial funding for the continuation of the research supported under the Expeditions/Frontier award(s). Industrial funding must commence no later than one year after the 5th anniversary (i.e., the original expiration date without no-cost extensions) of the Expeditions/Frontiers award(s) and must be at least 3 years in duration.

There is no submission deadline. Proposals must be prepared in conformance with the Grant Proposal Guide or Application Guide and submitted electronically via Fastlane or The proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the standard NSB-approved merit review criteria using an ad hoc and Reverse Site Visit review process. PIs are required to consult with their Expeditions or Frontiers program officers prior to submission of an InTrans proposal.

Proposers must use the following guidelines in preparation of the proposal:

  • Each Expeditions/Frontiers project team is limited to the submission of two InTrans proposals.
  • A proposal may include a subset of the original PIs and/or institutions and may add new investigators and new institutions, if needed.
  • Research is expected to build on innovations developed within the Expedition or Frontier project. The proposal must include a collaboration plan detailing close coordination with the industry partner(s). The fundamental research results of the Expedition or Frontier must drive more applied research with the potential to enable the industrial partner(s) to develop technological innovations with concrete and tangible positive impacts for society. The collaboration must also provide students opportunities to work closely with industry researchers.
  • The total of NSF budgets across all lnTrans awards to an Expedition or Frontier project team must not exceed $1.5 Million. For a single lnTrans proposal, the NSF budget(s) must not (in total in the case of multi-institution collaborations) exceed one third of the total co-funding support provided by industry (excluding in-kind contributions such as collaboration of industry personnel). In addition, the yearly budget total of the NSF InTrans proposal cannot exceed the yearly co-funding from the industry partner(s). As an example, if an industrial partner commits $4.2M, the NSF InTrans award or awards would not exceed $1.4M (altogether, not per year) for a combined total of $5.6M.
  • Each proposal must include, as a supplementary document, a letter of commitment from each industrial partner. Each letter should describe the collaboration of the industry partner and/or affirm the collaboration plan provided by the proposer, provide details regarding disposition of intellectual property, specify the total funding anticipated to be provided, and the funding amounts for years 1and 2. The letter must be signed by an authorized representative of the industrial partner. The duration of an NSF lnTrans award is intended to be two years.
  • The InTrans project may be merit reviewed at the end of first year as deemed necessary by CISE Directorate.

The awards will be made as continuing grants with funding contingent upon receipt of industrial funding in year one and receipt of a letter of commitment from the industrial partner of funding for year two.

Any software developed as part of this program is required to be released under an open source license listed by the Open Source Initiative ( Researchers who develop software that has been declared as a deliverable agree not to incorporate any third-party code into this software that would limit or restrict its ability to be distributed under an open source license.

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to: Mitra Basu, Program Director, CISE/CCF, by email to:, or by phone at: 703-292-8910.


Farnam Jahanian,
Assistant Director, CISE