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DEADLINE: Proposals to NSF’s Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)

November 21, 2017

The Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI) program, managed by the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in NSF’s Directorate for Engineering, challenges the engineering research community to address critical challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure, including project such as such as described in Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one on NSFs 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments.

Among the 10 Big Ideas announced by NSF Director France A. Córdova, the agency proposes to “establish an observing network of mobile and fixed platforms and tools across the Arctic to document these rapid biological, physical, chemical and social changes, leveraging participation by other federal agencies.”


Questions about the #Arctic aspects of the LEAP HI solicitation should be directed to OPP’s Diane McKnight: / (703) 292-4897.

The LEAP HI program will support fundamental research that may lead to “disruptive” technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.

The LEAP HI solicitation may be found here:

Submission of Letters of Intent is required, as described in the solicitation.

Deadlines for Letter of Intent: Dec. 15, 2017 and July 16, 2018

Full proposal deadlines: February 05, 2018 - February 20, 2018, September 01, 2018 - September 17, 2018.

One or more CMMI core topics must be central to the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged. Proposals should demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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