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NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Collaborations with Canada on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition

June 9, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering is pleased to inform the community that NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are partners on a new multilateral research initiative on climate change led by Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund. The 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition represents a collaboration among research funders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to leverage international expertise to tackle the global challenges caused by climate change. Climate change has been recognized as the single most important threat to the future well-being and prosperity of our planet and all who inhabit it.

The program aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups―those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change owing to both physical vulnerability and socioeconomic vulnerability. The program will support research that is both interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral on participatory contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to at least two vulnerabilities stemming from climate change, as identified in the Sixth Assessment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projects must respond to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change, such as communities in low- and middle-income countries or indigenous territories, or groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social and/or economic circumstances. All projects are required to partner with participating community(ies) in the co-creation, implementation and ownerships of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to policy implementation and knowledge mobilization.

Led by Canada, the program is supported by funding agency partners from the eight countries listed above (consortium partners). The program adopts a consortium approach to funding. Each consortium partner will fund researchers within a project team who are eligible to receive funding from them. NSF intends to fund researchers eligible to receive NSF or NEH funding. A minimum of three countries must be represented among the co-PIs on the project team, and the team must be eligible to receive funding from at least two Consortium Partners. At least one co-PI must be eligible to receive funding from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.


May 2, 2023 – Notices of Intent submitted to the Convergence Portal (mandatory)
July 15, 2023 – EOI Due to NSF for projects eligible for NSF or NEH funding
September 12, 2023 – Full proposals due
February 2024 – Notice of funding decisions and submission of recommended proposals to NSF
March 2024 – Start of awards

For more information, including proposal submission guideline, continue reading on NSF.gov.

New Funding Opportunity: Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)

A new NSF solicitation (NSF 23-591) is now available:

Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)
The XTRIPODS program aims to support the continued growth of a broad and diverse interdisciplinary research community for the advancement of data science, providing a unique opportunity to broadly promote the NSF vision and core values, especially inclusion and collaboration. This program will broaden participation in data science research, education, and workforce development by supporting partnerships between the current TRIPODS Phase II Institutes and Institutions of Higher Education that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF funding. Only institutions that are not classified as Carnegie Research 1 (R1) universities are eligible. Non-R1 Minority-Serving Institutions, women’s colleges, and institutions that primarily serve persons with disabilities, as well as Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, are especially encouraged to apply.

The first application window is August 2 to August 23, 2023.

New US-India Collaborative Funding Opportunity

A new research cooperation agreement between NSF and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India has been announced (NSF 23-114):

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India Collaborative Research Opportunities
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India have signed an Implementation Arrangement on research cooperation. The Implementation Arrangement provides a framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and Indian research communities and sets out the principles by which joint activities might be supported. Through this research agency partnership, U.S. researchers may receive funding from NSF and India researchers may receive funding from DST respectively.

This NSF-DST collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically upon discoveries and innovations in areas of mutual interest that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, advanced cyberinfrastructure, secure and trustworthy computing, and cyber-physical systems. Through a research agency partnership, NSF and DST will allow investigators from both countries to collaborate to write a single proposal that will undergo a single review process at NSF, the Coordinating Agency.

The first target date for U.S. investigators is August 15.

Please visit the the announcement webpage for more details.

NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter

Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team. 

Support for Planetary Sample Science (SPSS) Cooperative Agreement

Award Amount: $5 million/year for 5 years
Information Site: Check out the SPSS site for more information
Proposal Deadline: Step 1 Proposals due June 12
NASA seeks an institution to facilitate cooperation between NASA and the planetary science community and support for analysis of NASA’s extraterrestrial samples. This support is critical for enabling community-driven scientific investigations. Proposals may include any elements that are deemed appropriate, but there are several core elements that are programmatically desirable. The inclusion and quality of such elements will be considered as part of the peer evaluation of proposals. For a list of elements, please refer to section A.3. here.
Request for Info: Space Weather and Science Agile Platforms (SWAPs)

Information Site: Check out the SWAPs site for more information
Deadline: June 12
Contact: bradley.d.williams@nasa.gov

NASA is seeking responses under this Request for Information (RFI) to assess commercial interest in and opportunities for the in-space hosting of science instruments that will directly address science and/or applications needs for space weather and other NASA science disciplines (astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science). Information collected through this RFI will support programmatic decisions regarding approaches for hosted payload opportunities on commercial or Other Government Agencies (OGA) missions.
NASA Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Pilot

Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Information Site: Check out theInnovation Corps sitefor more information
Information Session: Recording available here
Proposal Deadline: Applications will be reviewed if received by: (a) September 8 (b) January 26 (c) March 29
Contact: margaret.a.yancey@nasa.gov
In an exciting, expanded partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. Eligible teams must include at least 2 members from higher education (2 to 4-year institutions) or non-profit institutions with a NASA-relevant research focus.
Space Apps Challenge

NASA International Space Apps Challengeis in search of Local Leads for its 2023 global hackathon! Local Leads work with NASA and the Space Apps Global Organizing Team to organize and host virtual or hybrid Space Apps Challenge events in their community. Local Leads are inclusive leaders of their local space and science communities who bring problem solvers and innovative thinkers together in 160+ countries/territories to solve real challenges on Earth and space. Learn more about how to become a Local Lead and applyhere. Applications are due June 1
Future Aviation Maintenance Technical Challenges

Award Amount: up to $300K/year for 2 years
Information Site: Check out the Future Aviation Maintenance Technical Challenges site for more information
Information Session: Presentation slides posted here | FAQ posted here
Proposal Deadline: June 30 @ 5:00 PM EST
Contact: HQ-UnivPartnerships@mail.nasa.gov      

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s vision includes the safe and widespread use of piloted, remote-controlled, and fully autonomous aircraft of all sizes to move people and packages wherever they need to go – perhaps within a dense urban environment, out to a nearby international airport, or to a rural town on the prairie. With government, industry and academic partners, NASA Aeronautics is working to make real these new forms of air transportation with their new concepts of operations, vehicle designs, airframes, and propulsion systems – whether powered by electric, hydrogen, hybrid power, or other energy source. This program element focuses on these new forms of aviation.

Grant Announcement Letter from ORSP

The May 2023 issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), , as well as the recent issues, are available below


For other recent editions, check Grant Announcement Letter under Categories.

NASEM Virtual workshop “AI to Assist Mathematical Reasoning” June 12-14, 2023

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are hosting a virtual workshop on June 12-14, 2023 to discuss the state of the art, current challenges, and opportunities for using AI for mathematical reasoning. Speakers will explore the use of AI for mathematical discovery as well as for automated theorem proving. The event will bring together academic, industry, and government stakeholders to discuss emerging research opportunities and ways to collaborate among interdisciplinary research communities.

Attendance is free and open to the public. More information, including registration and the agenda, can be found on the event webpage: