National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Planning for New Signals in the Soils (SitS)-Themed NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs)

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG), in collaboration with its Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Geosciences (GEO) Directorates, aims to encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic near-surface processes through advances in sensor systems and dynamic models. Specifically, the goal of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage planning of one or more Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC).

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (NSF IUCRC) program strives to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government to promote convergent research programs of mutual interest, contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base, enhance the intellectual capacity of the engineering or science workforce through the integration of research and education, and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer. The IUCRC program seeks to achieve these goals by:

  • Leveraging NSF funds with industry to support graduate students performing industrially-relevant pre-competitive research
  • Expanding the innovation capacity of our nation’s competitive workforce through partnerships between industries and universities
  • Encouraging the nation’s research enterprise to remain competitive through active engagement with academic and industrial leaders throughout the world

Proposals are due by Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please contact OSRP. Completed proposals are due in OSRP at least two business days prior to the deadline set by the sponsor.