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Perception, Action & Cognition


Name Email Phone Room
Betty  K. Tuller-Program Director btuller@nsf.gov (703) 292-7238  995 N  
Catherine  Arrington - Pgm Director carringt@nsf.gov (703) 292-7276   
Jill  Avalos-Program Assistant javalos@nsf.gov (703) 292-4363  995 N  


Apply to PD 09-7252 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (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)

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:  January 15, 2016 - February 1, 2016

This proposal window is for research proposals only. Workshop and conference proposals should not be submitted during this submission window.

January 15 - February 1, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  April 1, 2016 - April 15, 2016

The April proposal window is only for workshop and conference proposals, not for research proposals. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

April 1 - April 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  June 1, 2016 - June 15, 2016

The June proposal window is only for workshop and conference proposals, not for research proposals. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

June 1 - June 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  July 15, 2016 - August 1, 2016

This proposal window is for research proposals only. Workshop and conference proposals should not be submitted during this submission window.

July 15 - August 1, Annually Thereafter


Supports research on perception, action and cognition. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Central research topics for consideration by the Perception, Action, and Cognition panel include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, and motor control. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs (e.g., Linguistics, Developmental and Learning Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, etc). Proposals may involve clinical populations, animals, or computational modeling only if the work has direct impact on basic issues of human perception, action, or cognition.

Within one week of receipt of the proposal number from FastLane, each PI must send the following two documents via email to sbe-pac@nsf.gov. The subject heading of the email should note the proposal number and the Principal Investigator. Attach the following documents prepared on the following templates.

  1. An Excel spreadsheet with two worksheet pages that will be used by NSF to check for conflicts of interest in assembling the review community.  (Excel Template for PAC).
  2. A single PowerPoint slide with (a) name and affiliation of all senior personnel, (b) title of your proposal, and (c) a very brief (1-3 sentences at most) summary of the main hypotheses and methods. The slide may only include graphs, images, or other illustrations if they appear in the proposal. You must use the template (PowerPoint Template for PAC) and name the file with the PI's last name followed by the seven digit proposal number (e.g., Smith 127999). This will be used during review panel discussions.

Remember to email these two documents to: sbe-pac@nsf.gov; do not use FastLane.

Additional Funding Opportunities for the PAC Community may be found at http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=BCS




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