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FYI: New Funding Opportunities from NSF


Author: Bill Badecker

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

FYI Body: We would like to bring two items to your attention regarding new NSF funding opportunities for interdisciplinary activities and research:
1. Program announcement for the FY2013 competition: Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the SBE Sciences and in EHR (BCC-SBE/EHR)
2. Solicitation for the FY2013 INSPIRE Competition

1. Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the SBE Sciences and in EHR (BCC-SBE/EHR)
The Directorates for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure have released the program solicitation, NSF13-519, for the FY2013 competition: Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the SBE Sciences and in EHR (BCC-SBE/EHR; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13519/nsf13519.pdf).

The purpose of BCC-SBE/EHR is to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental, interdisciplinary research for the SBE and EHR areas of research. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not limited to--the SBE or EHR areas of research.

The deadline for full proposals is February 17, 2013 (5 pm proposer's local time).

Abstracts of awards made from the FY2012 competition can be viewed at: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgOrganization=04000000&ProgEleCode=8068.

2. INSPIRE 2013
NSF has issued the FY 2013 INSPIRE (Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education) solicitation, NSF 13-518, and has posted a web page describing the new INSPIRE competition at: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504852. The solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13518/nsf13518.pdf) identifies conditions and proposal requirements that are specific to the application process for FY2013 INSPIRE.

In brief, the INSPIRE awards program is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process managed by one or more disciplinary programs. INSPIRE is open to potentially transformative, interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted *by invitation only* after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent from prospective applicants.

FY 2013 INSPIRE consists of three funding opportunities with an estimated 45-60 awards competing for about $63 million. While you may be familiar with the CREATIV competition last year (now referred to as INSPIRE Track 1), the next iteration of INSPIRE has introduced both a second track for larger (up to $3M) awards and a Director's Award:

* INSPIRE Track 1, similar to the FY 2012 CREATIV mechanism (http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12011/nsf12011.jsp), but with a fixed deadline and subsequent review period rather than a rolling process as in FY12

* INSPIRE Track 2, ''mid-scale'' projects larger than Track 1

* Director’s INSPIRE Awards, prestigious grants to single investigators for interdisciplinary research

A FAQ sheet for the FY2013 competition is in preparation and will be posted on the INSPIRE web page soon.

INSPIRE Due Dates:
Letter of Intent Window for INSPIRE Track 2 Inquiries: December 10, 2012 - February 20, 2013
Letter of Intent Window for INSPIRE Track 1 Inquiries: December 10, 2012 - March 29, 2013

Deadline Date for INSPIRE Track 2 Full Proposals: May 13, 2013
Deadline Date for INSPIRE Track 1 Full Proposals: May 29, 2013
Deadline Date, Director's INSPIRE Awards Full Proposals: May 29, 2013

Full proposal submission is by invitation only, based on evaluation by NSF staff of the required Letter of Intent.

Investigators are encouraged to contact program officers from the relevant disciplinary programs to discuss their proposed, interdisciplinary project prior to submitting their Letter of Intent.

Bill Badecker and Joan Maling
Linguistics Program Directors

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