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Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Directorates for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) recently launched the Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Phase I program with the goal of promoting long-term, interdisciplinary research and training activities that engage theoretical computer scientists, statisticians, and mathematicians in developing the theoretical foundations of data science. Twelve TRIPODS Phase I Institutes were established in FY17 (see

This “TRIPODS + X” solicitation seeks to engage researchers across other NSF disciplines and the TRIPODS research teams in collaborative activities. Working in concert with a TRIPODS organization, a TRIPODS + X project would focus on data-driven research challenges motivated by applications in one or more science and engineering domains or other activities aimed at building robust data science communities.

Full Proposal Deadline: May 29, 2018

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment).

Full Proposal Deadline: September 26, 2018


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development.

Submission Window for Exploration and Design Tier: October 01,2017 – October 01, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline for Development and Implementation Tier: December 11, 2018