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National Robotics Initiative  (NRI)


Name Email Phone Room
Jeffrey  C. Trinkle jtrinkle@nsf.gov 703-292-8327   
Ephraim  P. Glinert eglinert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930   
Jie  Yang jyang@nsf.gov (703) 292-4768   
Tatiana  Korelsky tkorelsk@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930   
Mitra  Basu mbasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910   
Ralph  Wachter rwachter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950   
Radhakishan  Baheti rbaheti@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339   
Jordan  M. Berg jberg@nsf.gov (703) 292-5365   
Alexander  Leonessa aleoness@nsf.gov (703) 292-2678   
Frederick  M. Kronz fkronz@nsf.gov (703) 292-7283   
John  Krupczak jkrupcza@nsf.gov (703) 292-4647   

National Institutes of Health

  • Grace C.Y. Peng, Ph. D.
    Program Director
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    National Institutes of Health
    6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 200 
    Bethesda, MD 20892-7510

  Electronic Mail: penggr@mail.nih.gov
  Office: 301-451-4778
  Fax: 301-480-1614

United States Department of Agriculture

  • Daniel Schmoldt, Ph.D.
    National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Waterfront Centre, Ste. 3328
    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
    Houston, TX 77058

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

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • Dr. Gill Pratt
    Defense Sciences Office/DARPA
    675 N. Randolph Street
    Arlington, VA 22203

   Electronic mail: Gill.Pratt@darpa.mil
   Telephone: (571) 218-4614


Solicitation  15-505

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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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 working in symbiotic relationships 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), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of  Defense (DOD). 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. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to that agency’s point of contact listed in section VIII of this solicitation.

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; there will not be separate competitions for small, medium, and large proposals. Please refer to section III of this solicitation for budget size information.


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)



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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