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CBET Proposal Window and Submission Information


August 31, 2017

All unsolicited proposals directed to CBET must be submitted during the annual unsolicited proposal submission window, October 1 – October 20, with the exceptions of the Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials, Combustion and Fire Systems, and Process Separations programs. 

The proposal submission 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. 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 received outside of the announced proposal window dates will be returned without review. Proposals that are not compliant with the PAPPG (NSF 17-1) will also be returned without review.

Three CBET programs are exceptions to this unsolicited proposal submission window and accept unsolicited proposals throughout the year; the programs are as follows:

Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), must continue to meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

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.

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