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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative  (CRII)

CRII Solicitation Update - May 30, 2014

The Additional Eligibility Requirement that the PI be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident or National has been removed and is no longer a requirement for this solicitation.


Name Email Phone Room
Jeremy  Epstein jepstein@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950  1175  
Almadena  Y. Chtchelkanova achtchel@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910  1115  
Ephraim  P. Glinert eglinert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930  1125  
Sushil  . Prasad sprasad@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970  1145  


Solicitation  15-569

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 Deadline Date:  September 28, 2016

Last Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter


With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.  

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement) -- see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518 for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.


CRII Program Webinar - August 5, 2015 - Presentation, Audio and Transcript available here (under Public Attachments)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 15-569



Additional Funding Opportunities for the CCF Community

Additional Funding Opportunities for the CNS Community

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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