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National Robotics Initiative  (NRI)


Name Email Phone Room
Satyandra  K. Gupta skgupta@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930  1125  
George  T. Chiu gchiu@nsf.gov (703) 292-5365   
John  Krupczak JKRUPCZA@nsf.gov (703) 292-4647   
Amy  Friedlander afriedla@nsf.gov (703) 292-2262   
Mitra  Basu mbasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910   
Ted  A. Conway tconway@nsf.gov (703) 292-7091   
Ephraim  P. Glinert eglinert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930   
Ralph  Wachter rwachter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950   
Paul  Werbos pwerbos@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339   
Jie  Yang jyang@nsf.gov (703) 292-4768   

National Institutes of Health

  • Louis Quatrano, Ph. D.
    Program Director, BSRE, NCMRR
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institutes of Health
    6100 Executive Blvd, Rm 2A03, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
    Rockville, MD 20852 (for express/courier service)

    Electronic Mail:  quatranol@mail.nih.gov
    Office:  301-402-4221
    Fax:  301-402-0832

United States Department of Agriculture

  • Daniel Schmoldt, Ph.D.
    National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Waterfront Centre, Ste. 3440
    800 9th Street SW
    Washington DC 20024

    Electronic mail: dschmoldt@nifa.usda.gov
    Telephone: 202-720-4807

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Dr. Robert O. Ambrose
    2101 NASA Parkway
    Mail Code ER1
    NASA Johnson Space Center

    Electronic mail: robert.o.ambrose@nasa.gov
    Telephone: 281-244-5561




Solicitation  14-500


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  November 13, 2014

Second Thursday in November, Annually Thereafter


The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment.  Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative.  Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

Only one class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation.

As detailed in the solicitation, appropriate scientific areas of investigation may be related to any of the participating funding organizations, but NIH and USDA will only fund proposals no larger than a certain size. Please refer to section III of the solicitation. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to the appropriate person in the list of agency contacts found in section VIII of the solicitation.


NSF Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards

NIH Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards

USDA Announcement of 2013 NRI Awards

NSF Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards

NIH Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards

NASA Announcement of 2012 NRI Awards

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog Post on 2012 NRI Award Announcement

NRI webinar for Solicitation NSF 11-553 (Sept 13, 2011)



Additional Funding Opportunities for the IIS Community

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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