NSF invites proposals for disrupting operations of illicit supply networks

March 11, 2019

Illicit supply networks make use of the same communications, logistics, and financial infrastructure as commercial supply chains. Unencumbered by national boundaries and regulations, they abuse vulnerable populations and fuel transnational criminal organizations, with grave consequences for national and international security.

NSF invites fundamental research proposals to the Operations Engineering program on operational methods to discover, disrupt and disable illicit supply networks. 

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (NSF 19-049).

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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