NSF seeks multidisciplinary collaborations for Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program

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Exploring the scientific and practical challenges of security, privacy and trust.


October 1, 2021

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program invites exploratory concepts from researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences collaborating with researchers in computer and information science and engineering.

The program aims to support fundamental multidisciplinary research on security, privacy and trustworthy cyberspace that leads to new knowledge and approaches to design, build and operate systems that can better protect people, organizations and critical infrastructure.

Researchers must first submit a brief conceptual description of their project. Proposed research teams must include at least one principal investigator in a field supported by NSF's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate and at least one in a field supported by NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.

For additional requirements and detailed instructions, see Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) CISE-SBE Interdisciplinary Collaborations.

NSF anticipates funding up to 10 Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) awards. Full proposals are due Dec. 10, 2021.

For questions, contact the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program directors.

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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