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ECCS Proposal Window and Submission Information

January 29, 2018

All unsolicited proposals directed to ECCS must be submitted during the annual unsolicited proposal submission window, October 1 – November 1. The window 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.

Unsolicited proposals received outside of the announced proposal window dates will be returned without review. Proposals that are not compliant with the PAPPG (NSF 18-1) will also be returned without review.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals must be submitted to the relevant program during an unsolicited proposal window. Please see the PAPPG proposal preparation instructions for GOALI.

Unsolicited proposal submission windows do not apply to proposals for supplements, workshops, EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) or Rapid Response Research (RAPID). Before submitting proposals of this nature, Principal Investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their requests with the program director.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) proposals are strongly encouraged and must be submitted by the CAREER deadline for Engineering Directorate proposals. 

Proposals that are duplicates of, or substantially similar to, a proposal already under consideration by NSF from the same submitter are subject to return without review. This policy also applies to proposals that were previously reviewed and declined and have not been substantially revised, as well as to duplicates of other proposals that were already awarded.

ECCS recommends a limited number of proposal submissions by an individual researcher: no more than one proposal as Principal Investigator (PI) and one proposal as co-PI, or two proposals as co-PI.

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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