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CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows


May 1, 2017

All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, with the exception of the Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) program and the and the Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) program.

For fiscal year 2018, the CMMI unsolicited proposal submission windows are September 1-15, 2017 and January 10-24, 2018

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 and the CM program are the sole CMMI program exceptions to this unsolicited proposal submission schedule: GEM and CM unsolicited proposals are accepted throughout the year. 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.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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