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CMMI Unsolicited Proposal Submission Windows

October 6, 2017

All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, with the exception of the Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) program.

For fiscal year 2018, the CMMI unsolicited proposal submission windows are September 1-15, 2017 and January 10-24, 2018

Each of these unsolicited proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the window, and closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the window closes at 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time on the following federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review. For proposals submitted under special announcements or solicitations, please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation.

The CM program is the sole CMMI program exception to this unsolicited proposal submission schedule: CM unsolicited proposals are accepted throughout the year. Proposals submitted to other program solicitations, including CAREER and other CMMI programs, must continue to meet their respective deadlines.

CMMI is committed to supporting single investigator research and also encourages the submission of proposals involving multi-disciplinary interactions among collaborating researchers. In all instances, proposed budgets and durations (typically up to four years) should be appropriate to the scope of work.  Such proposals may be submitted directly to the appropriate CMMI program during a CMMI unsolicited proposal submission window.

CMMI also invites submissions to the Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI) solicitation. The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health, and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. Projects may be up to five years in duration, with scopes appropriate to budgets between $1 million and $2 million. 

Principal investigators submitting proposals for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplements are directed to the CMMI guidelines for REU supplements.

Principal investigators are referred to each program's link for "What Has Been Funded" to learn about the recent history of awards.

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) 2017, 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.

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