Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) is one of the five divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s mission through:
- Advances in knowledge to enable manufacturing, design and use of engineering materials, and building technologies across scales from nanometers to kilometers,
- Advances that improve the resilience and sustainability of the nation's civil infrastructure, including reduction of risk and damage from natural and human-induced disasters, and
- Advances in engineering mathematics, engineering decision-making, and systems control and engineering.
The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines supported across NSF to promote transformative advances in support of the CMMI mission. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology, and simulation. The integration of research and education is supported across all programs of the Division.
CMMI is organized into four program clusters, each containing three to five research programs:
CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows
All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15, with the exception of the Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) program.
Each of these unsolicited proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the window, and closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the window closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the following federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review. For proposals submitted under special announcements or solicitations, please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.
The GEM program is the sole CMMI program exception to this unsolicited proposal submission schedule: GEM unsolicited proposals are accepted throughout the year. GEM proposals submitted to other program solicitations, including CAREER and other CMMI programs, must continue to meet their respective deadlines.
CMMI is committed to supporting both single-investigator and team research, including larger-scale unsolicited proposals that are not feasible through a series of smaller projects and are not achievable by a single principal investigator (PI). These larger-scale proposals may request longer time frames (up to five years) and larger budgets (typically not exceeding $1,500,000) that reflect the scope of work. Larger-scale project descriptions must make a convincing case that collaborative contributions will be greater than the sum of each individual investigator's contribution, and are expected to include a Collaboration Plan. PIs are strongly encouraged to discuss the objectives, scope, research team, and budget of larger-scale proposals with the appropriate CMMI program director(s) prior to proposal preparation and submission.
Principal Investigators are referred to each program's "What Has Been Funded" tab to learn about the recent history of CMMI awards.
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Note on Proposal Compliance
Please note that CMMI checks all proposals submitted to the Division for compliance with the proposal submission requirements of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide current at the time of proposal submission. The Division enforces the GPG requirements and returns without review all non-compliant proposals.
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