Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the program in 1987. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations.
The centers provide a means to undertake important investigations at the interfaces of disciplines as well as fresh approaches within disciplines. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.
STCs enable academic research teams to:
There are seventeen active centers across the United States, in fields ranging from adaptive optics to nanobiotechnology. More information on their missions, projects and outreach opportunities can be found on the centers' Web sites, available from the Office of Integrative Activities' STC home page. Five competitions have been held so far, and a sixth is underway.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Useful NSF Web Sites: