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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Systems Science  (SYS)


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Chris  Paredis cparedis@nsf.gov (703) 292-2241  529  


Apply to PD 12-8085 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)


Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2015 - February 17, 2015

February 1 - February 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015

September 1 - September 15, Annually Thereafter

Due dates repeat annually. Please reference the CMMI main page for further specifics concerning unsolicited proposal submission windows.


The System Science (SYS) program funds fundamental research on engineered systems to support the creation of a theoretically sound foundation for systems engineering. The System Science program invites proposals that address fundamental issues critical to the design of large scale complex engineered systems such as: the relation of the structure of an engineering organization to design outcomes; uncertainty quantification and management from initial engineering design predictions through to operation and maintenance of large scale systems;  the manner in which individual design decisions are aggregated to bring about whole systems; path dependence of design decision-making; and the way that relevant knowledge and information, mediated by individual engineers organized into very large teams, impact systems engineering outcomes.

Research under the Systems Science program should draw on or extend established theory in mathematics, economics, organizational sociology, social psychology, and other relevant fields.  The Systems Science program provides an opportunity to connect research on systems engineering or engineering design with basic research in dynamic systems, control systems, optimization, and other systems-related fields.

The System Science program does not fund the development of methods, processes or tools. Proposals with system science or system engineering relevance, but have a predominant research contribution funded by an existing program in CMMI should be submitted to the appropriate disciplinary program, with the System Science program identified as a secondary program.


Civil Infrastructure Systems

Control Systems

Dynamical Systems

Engineering and Systems Design

Manufacturing Enterprise Systems

Operations Research

Sensors and Sensing Systems

Service Enterprise Systems


Systems Engineering and Design

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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