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National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships (Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline)

September 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Special Limited Submissions: Internal Call for Proposals

Please distribute to relevant faculty

Key Dates and Information

This is a special internal call for proposals, and is subject to several important caveats. Please read this section carefully.

The NSF STC is a marquee program for the National Science Foundation, with the scope and complexity requiring significant lead time to prepare a compelling application. While the NSF has yet to release the formal solicitation for the next competition, it is in the campus interest to begin the internal selection process. As such, ORD may need to issue revisions to this internal call, for example:

  1. If NSF releases its formal solicitation prior to the UNC internal deadline, the requirements of this internal call may be updated to align with agency guidelines, and/or a revised deadline will be issued.
  2. If NSF releases its formal solicitation while the internal competition is being organized (i.e. after the deadline but before internal peer review), ORD may postpone an internal review to allow teams the opportunity to make revisions.
  3. If the NSF releases a solicitation after the conclusion of the internal review, ORD may, at its discretion, re-open the internal competition if necessary to advance the most competitive applications nationally.

UNC Internal Pre-proposals deadline: 5:00 PM Friday, September 14, 2018*

To Apply

Submit the following to Denise Lindley in ONE document (Word or PDF), Office of Research Development, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018*

  1. NSF-formatted biosketch CV of PI
  2. Project Description (3-page maximum)
  3. List of potential collaborators (internal and external to UNC)
  4. Names of two to three internal (to UNC) experts who could speak knowledgeably about your research as part of an internal review panel.
    • Please do not include the names of faculty named on the project, chairs, deans, directors, or direct reports.
    • Please notify potential internal reviewers before submitting the application packet to ORD

Program Description (based on previous Program Information)

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.

Objectives of the STC Program are to:

  • Support research and education of the highest quality in a Center-based environment in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts;
  • Exploit opportunities in science, education, engineering and/or technology where the complexity of the research agenda requires the advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, duration, equipment, and facilities that a Center can provide;
  • Support innovative frontier investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or investigations that will lead to fresh approaches within disciplines;
  • Engage and develop the Nation’s intellectual talent, including groups underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, in the conduct of research and education activities;
  • Promote organizational connections and linkages within and between campuses, schools and/or the world beyond, capitalizing upon cyberinfrastructure to facilitate these linkages;
  • Focus on integrative learning and discovery and the preparation of U.S. students for a broad set of career paths; and
  • Foster science and/or engineering in service to society especially with respect to new research areas and promising new instrumentation and technologies.

Each STC must:

  • be focused on research and education at the frontier of an area of science, engineering or education supported by NSF;
  • have scope and scale to justify funding through a center mechanism;
  • be based at an academic institution;
  • be directed by a faculty member;
  • demonstrate institutional commitment to achieving strategic goals that are shared by the lead and partnering institutions;
  • establish multi-institutional collaborations or linkages with other universities/colleges, national laboratories, research museums, private sector research laboratories, state and local government organizations, and international collaborations, as appropriate;
  • develop a management plan that integrates the research, education, broadening participation and knowledge transfer activities across all partners and affiliates;
  • include diverse teams at all organizational levels of the Center, inclusive of women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities;
  • provide research and education opportunities for U.S. students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty that will result in outcomes consonant with the Center’s goals.
  • facilitate knowledge transfer through significant intellectual exchange among various types of institutions and organizations (e.g., nonprofit organizations; national laboratories; industry; Federal, state, and local governments); and
  • establish and convene annually an External Advisory Committee to provide guidance, advice, and oversight.

To view the full announcement of the previous solicitation please click on the link below.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement – initial commitment of five years; the possibility of five-year renewal.

Estimated number of awards: up to 4 nationally

Anticipated funding: $20,000,000 (up to $16,000,000 in the first year, and, thereafter, $20,000,000 annually, pending the availability of funds).

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an organization participates as a partner institution. The STC program will not support more than one Center from any one lead institution in this competition.

For more information

Please contact Denise Lindley, Limited Submissions Coordinator, with questions at or 962-7503.


September 14, 2018
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