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Division of Computer and Network Systems

Smart and Connected Communities  (S&CC)

Name Email Phone Room
David  Corman (703) 292-8754   
Nicholas  Anderson (703) 292-4715   
Radhakishan  Baheti (703) 292-8339   
John  Cherniavsky (703) 292-5136   
Bruce  Hamilton 7032929054   
Sara  Kiesler (703) 292-8643   
Tatiana  Korelsky (703) 292-8930   
David  Mendonca (703) 292-7081   
Sunil  Narumalani (703) 292-4995   
Wendy  Nilsen (703) 292-2568   
Rahul  T. Shah (703) 292-2709   


Solicitation  16-610

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life. The goal of this Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning. Unless stated otherwise, for the purposes of this year’s solicitation, communities are physical, geographically-defined entities, such as towns, cities, or incorporated rural areas, consisting of various populations, with a governance structure and the ability to engage in meaningful ways with the proposed research.

Successful S&CC projects are expected to pursue research and research capacity-building activities that integrate multiple disciplinary perspectives and undertake meaningful community engagement, and to include appropriate and robust evaluation plans for assessing activities and outcomes.  To meet the multidisciplinary criterion, proposals must meaningfully integrate across both social and technological research dimensions.  In this solicitation, the social dimensions reflect areas typically included in the portfolios of the NSF’s Directorates for Social, Behavior, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR), while the technological dimensions reflect disciplinary areas typically included in the portfolios of the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG). Proposals may also pursue integration with other disciplines as needed, including but not limited to those typically encompassed in the portfolio of the NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). Successful proposals are also expected to include appropriate community engagement as defined further in the solicitation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 16-610

Smart & Connected Communities Webinar - October 20, 2016 - Presentation, Audio & Transcript here! (at the bottom of the page)

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program