NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Solicitation
Synopsis of Program:
Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity, but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.
For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries—such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions—consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities. A “smart and connected community” is, in turn, a community that synergistically integrates intelligent technologies with the natural and built environments, including infrastructure, to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, or travel within it.
A proposal for an S&CC Integrative Research Grants must include the following:
- Integrative research that addresses the technological and social dimensions of smart and connected communities;
- Meaningful community engagement that integrates community stakeholders within the project;
- A management plan that summarizes how the project will be managed across disciplines, institutions, and community entities; and
- An evaluation plan for assessing short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of the proposed activities.
S&CC is a cross-directorate program supported by NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). Awards may be requested for total budgets ranging from $750,000 to $3,000,000 for periods of up to four years.
Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): January 30, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): February 28, 2018