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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace  (SaTC)


Name Email Phone Room
Jeremy  Epstein jepstein@nsf.gov (703) 292-8338  1175  
Nina  Amla namla@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910  1115  
Christopher  Clifton cclifton@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930   
Sol  Greenspan sgreensp@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910  1115  
Wenjing  Lou wlou@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950  1175  
Anita  Nikolich anikolic@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970   
Deborah  Shands dshands@nsf.gov (703) 292-4505  1175  
Ralph  Wachter rwachter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950  1175  
Victor  P. Piotrowski vpiotrow@nsf.gov (703) 292-5141  865  
Andrew  D. Pollington adpollin@nsf.gov (703) 292-4878  1025  
Zhi (Gerry)  Tian ztian@nsf.gov (703) 292-2210  525  
Heng  Xu hxu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8643  995 N  
SaTC Questions:  satc@nsf.gov


Solicitation  14-599

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window:  September 2, 2015 - September 21, 2015

MEDIUM Projects

September 2 - September 19, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  November 4, 2015 - November 19, 2015

LARGE Projects

November 4 - November 19, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  December 4, 2015 - December 21, 2015


December 4 - December 19, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  January 2, 2016 - January 14, 2016

SMALL Projects

January 2 - January 14, Annually Thereafter


Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated Federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to "change the game," minimize the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering together with the computing, communications and information sciences.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective (see “Perspectives” below). In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives (see below). Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three categories (plus Cybersecurity Education; see below):

  • Small projects:up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years
  • Medium projects:$500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years
  • Large projects: $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years

Projects with Trustworthy Computing Systems and/or Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspectives may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option, described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. This document should describe how successful research results are to be further developed, matured, and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems used by members of the NSF science and engineering communities. Proposals with a TTP option may exceed the above-stated funding maxima by up to $167,000 for Small projects, $400,000 for Medium projects and $750,000 for Large projects.

For Small hardware security proposals, the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective is focused specifically on hardware research innovation that addresses SaTC goals, and includes the opportunity to collaborate closely with industry. STARSS proposals may not include either the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP option following the same guidelines as above.

In addition, the SaTC program seeks proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education with total budgets limited to $300,000 and durations of up to two years. These cybersecurity education projects may not include any of the three perspectives named above, nor may they include a TTP Option.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for SaTC (NSF 14-599)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for SaTC (NSF 13-578) - archived

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for SaTC (NSF 12-503) - archived

SaTC Webinar (December 2, 2011)



Additional Funding Opportunities for the CCF Community

Additional Funding Opportunities for the CNS Community

Additional Funding Opportunities for the IIS Community

Additional Opportunities

Other Special Research Programs Available to DMS Communities

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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