New Programs at NSFLynette Michael | Office of Research Development and Education Mar 9, 2020
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a couple of wide-ranging Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs), one announcing the agency's new Foundational Research in Robotics Program and the other focused on sustainability as it relates to micro- and nanoplastics. Both involve participation by multiple NSF Directorates and both envision research projects from various discipline perspectives.
Proposers to the new Robotics Program should be prepared to answer how this "successful outcome will enable transformative new robot functionality or substantially enhance existing robot functionality". You may submit NSF CAREER Award proposals through this program for the upcoming July 2020 deadline. Starting August 1, 2020, unsolicited proposals will be accepted for this program anytime.
Seeking to fund proposals that will ultimately provide sustainable solutions to the plastic waste problem, the Critical Aspects of Sustainability: Micro- and Nanoplastics Program seeks answers concerning the environmental fate of micro- and nanoplastics as well as how to eliminate them from our land and water systems. Several NSF Directorates and Divisions are participating in this effort and they each have specific areas of interest and funding mechanisms as outlined in the DCL. International collaborations are welcome although keep in mind NSF only pays for US investigators' expenses in such international collaborations.