CMMI proposal preparation and submission
March 27, 2020
Unsolicited proposals to all core programs in the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) can be submitted at any time. The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) announced this in 2018 with a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 18-082) and provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions (NSF 18-083).
Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) or Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI), must continue to meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.
Proposal preparation guidelines
- For full proposals submitted via NSF FastLane: Part I of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) applies. Please check FastLane advisories for system updates.
- For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
- Proposals that are not compliant with the PAPPG will be returned without review.
RAPID, EAGER, and GOALI proposals
Proposals for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) or EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) can be submitted at any time but Principal Investigators must contact the cognizant program director prior to submission (see the PAPPG Chapter II.E.1 for RAPID and II.E.2 for EAGER).
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals must be submitted to the relevant program at any time (see the PAPPG Chapter II.E.4).
Conference and supplement proposals
Proposals for conferences and workshops or for supplements can be submitted at any time, and Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Director prior to submission.
- Investigators submitting proposals for conferences and workshops are directed to the CMMI guidelines for conference proposals.
- Principal Investigators submitting proposals for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplements are directed to the CMMI guidelines for REU supplements.
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