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NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program

We are soliciting internal letters of intent from investigators or teams of investigators wishing to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program. As an institution we may submit only three (3) pre-proposal for this solicitation.

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term investments. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. These partnerships build intellectual and physical infrastructure within or between disciplines and facilitate the creation, integration, and transfer of new knowledge. The STC program supports important investigations at the interfaces of disciplines or fresh approaches within disciplines.

Up to a total of $16 million is expected to be available for first year support of newly funded Centers beginning in FY 2016. NSF expects to make up to 4 awards, contingent on availability of funds and receipt of competitive proposals. Each award will be made as a Cooperative Agreement to the lead institution, with an initial commitment for five years of support and a possibility of renewal for five additional years. Proposed STC annual budgets may range up to $4.0M in the first year, and thereafter $5.0M per year of NSF support.

A full description of the 2014 NSF Science and Technology Centers - Integrative Partnerships Program may be found on the NSF website.

Faculty members or teams of investigators interested in submitting a Science and Technology Centers - Integrative Partnership proposal to NSF must first submit an internal mandatory letter of intent to the Office of Research. Letters of intent should be no more than one page and identify the project scope, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations. As an institution we may submit only three pre-proposal to NSF for consideration by December11, 2014.

Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. September 2, 2014 as a word or pdf document to research@drexel.edu, with NSF STC-IP and the last name of the lead PI(s) in the subject line.

If the Office of Research receives more than three (3) letters of intent, we will run an internal competition with the three (3) selected letters of intent moving forward with completing the required pre-proposal by December 11th, 2014. Anyone who does not submit a letter of intent will not be permitted to submit a pre-proposal to NSF.

Full proposals will only be accepted by invitation from NSF. Those invited to submit full proposal would be informed by March 16, 2015, and invited full proposals are due June 16, 2015.