NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Dear Colleague Letter: Proposal Submission Deadlines for the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems
September 6, 2001
This letter calls to your attention the new proposal submission deadlines in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division (IIS) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE).
The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research that will improve the ability to generate, organize, locate, communicate, and store knowledge using new technologies. IIS recognizes that high-quality content and its accessibility and usability are important benefits provided by new technologies and are complementary to bandwidth and disk space. IIS fundamental research foci include universal access; human language technology; knowledge modeling; scientific collaboratories; robotics; computer vision; data mining; database access technology; human-computer interaction; and embedded intelligent systems. IIS also supports interdisciplinary and interagency activities such as the Digital Library and STIMULATE (Speech, Text, Image, and Multimedia Advanced Technology Effort) Initiatives.
The new proposal submission deadline date for 2001 is December 5, 2001.
Effective 2002, the new annual proposal submission deadlines are:
NOTE: Proposals must be submitted via Fastlane <http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov> by the established deadline date. Late proposals will not be accepted for review by the IIS Division.
These two annual deadlines are for all IIS programs, including:
Workshop proposals, Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) proposals, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) -- Supplement requests and other supplement requests may be submitted during the years, after consultation with the cognizant program director.
This change from the current annual proposal submission target dates of September 15 and February 15 to the deadlines of November 16 and March 1 will help the IIS Division to coordinate the review and processing of interdisciplinary proposals in a timely manner.
Proposals submitted should be prepared and submitted via Fastlane <http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov> in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) <http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg> and any special program requirements. Proposers are reminded to identify this Dear Colleague number (NSF 01-156) for regular proposals or the special program announcement number and the appropriate deadline in the PROPOSAL ANNOUNCEMENT/SOLICITATION NO./CLOSING DATE block, and the relevant NSF program(s) in the block FOR CONSIDERATION BY NSF ORGANIZATION UNIT(S) on the COVER SHEET FOR THE PROPOSAL TO NSF, NSF Form 1207.
This letter also takes the opportunity to inform you about the updates in the IIS programs:
Digital Society and Technologies
Human Computer Interaction
Information and Data Management
Knowledge and Cognitive Systems
Robotics and Human Augmentation
You are encouraged to see further details about the IIS Division, the IIS Programs and the IIS Staff at <http://www.cise.nsf.gov/iis>.
We are looking forward to receiving exciting, innovative proposals and welcome your comments on the current IIS programs and suggestions for new research directions.
Michael Lesk, Ph.D.
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