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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  1125  
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  1145  
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  
Chengshan  Xiao cxiao@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339  525  
Heng  Xu hxu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8643  995  
SaTC Questions:  satc@nsf.gov


Solicitation  15-575

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.


Full Proposal Window:  December 3, 2015 - December 16, 2015


December 3 - December 16, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 10, 2016 - September 16, 2016

MEDIUM Projects

September 10 - September 16, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 18, 2016 - September 26, 2016

LARGE Projects

September 18 - September 24, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  November 4, 2016 - November 18, 2016

SMALL Projects

November 4 - November 18, 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;
  • the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective; or
  • the Transition to Practice (TTP) perspective.

In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives (see the Program Description below). Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three project classes (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; or
  • Large projects: $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.

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 the TWC, SBE, or TTP perspectives. The STARSS perspective may not be used for Medium or Large proposals.

The Transition to Practice (TTP) perspective is focused exclusively on transitioning existing research to practice. TTP proposals may not include the TWC, SBE, or STARSS perspective. The TTP perspective may be used for Small and Medium proposals, but may not be used for Large proposals.

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 perspectives named above.


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)



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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