NSF RFP for Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)


TITLE:  Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)
to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research
NSF 13-518

URL:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13518/nsf13518.htm

Letter of Intent (required)

  • 10  December  2012 – 20 February  2013 for Track 2 inquiries
  • 10  December  2012 – 29 March  2013 for Track 1 inquiries

Full Proposal

  • 13  May  2013 for Track 2 proposals
  • 29 May  2013 for Track 1 proposals
  • 29 May  2013 for Director’s INSPIRE Awards Full Proposals

AWARD:   45 to 60 awards totaling $63M.  INSPIRE Track 1 Awards: 30 to 40; INSPIRE Track 2 Awards: 10 to 15; Director’s INSPIRE Awards: 3 to 7

SCOPE:  The INSPIRE awards 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; it is not intended for proposals that are more appropriate for existing award mechanisms. INSPIRE is open to 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. In fiscal year 2013, INSPIRE provides support through the following three pilot grant mechanisms:

INSPIRE Track 1: This is essentially a continuation of the pilot CREATIV mechanism from FY 2012, which was detailed for 2012 in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 12-011.

INSPIRE Track 2: These are “mid-scale” research awards at a larger scale than Track 1, allowing for requests of up to $3,000,000 over a duration of up to five years. Expectations for cross-cutting advances and for broader impacts are greater than in Track 1, and the review process includes external review.

Director’s INSPIRE Awards: These are prestigious individual awards to single-investigator proposals that present ideas for interdisciplinary advances with unusually strong, exciting transformative potential.

All NSF directorates and programmatic offices participated in INSPIRE in FY 2012 and are continuing their participation in FY 2013.


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