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Robotics at NSF

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Welcome to Robotics@NSF. This page lists funding opportunities that may be of interest to researchers in robotics and robotics-related disciplines. NSF's flagship robotics research program is the Foundational Research in Robotics (FRR) program, which supports a broad range of projects to provide important new capabilities to the next generation of robots.

Foundational Research in Robotics (FRR)

Researchers who think that their projects may be suitable for the FRR program are strongly encouraged to carefully read the full FRR program description, and to further consult with an FRR program officer. More information is available on the FRR program page.

Despite its broad scope, not all robotics-related projects are appropriate for FRR. Researchers who decide that the FRR program is not the best fit for their project may consider other robotics-related NSF programs listed below. Researchers interested in submitting to any of those programs should carefully review the full solicitation or program description and consult with an appropriate program officer for authoritative guidance.

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Robotics-related programs at NSF

Foundational Research in Robotics(FRR)

Cyber-Physical Systems (CISE/CNS/CPS)
Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (ENG/CBET/DARE)
Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (ENG/CMMI/DCSD)
Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (ENG/ECCS/EPCN)
Human-Centered Computing (CISE/IIS/HCC)
Law and Science Program (SBE/SES/LS)
Mechanics of Materials and Structures (ENG/CMMI/MOMS)
Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (ENG/CMMI/M3X)
Perception, Action & Cognition (SBE/BCS/PAC)
Robust Intelligence (CISE/IIS/RI)
Science and Technology Studies (SBE/SES/STS)
Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SBE/BCS/SL)
Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH)

Education and learning
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (EHR/DRL/AISL)
Discovery Research PreK-12 (EHR/DRL/DRK-12)
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (EHR/DRL/ITEST)
Research on Innovative Technologies for Enhanced Learning (RITEL)

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)
Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams Program (TIP)
Partnerships for Innovation (TIP)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) - America's Seed Fund (TIP)