ASA  “Early Career Faculty (ECF)” This solicitation, available on NSPIRES is an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2017 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2017).” The Appendix seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America's space program. ECF is intended to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies to support future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector. Grants will be funded up to $200,000 each per year, for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds.

This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the four topics described:

  • Integrated Photonic Sensors and Science Instrument Subsystem
  • The objective of this topic is to develop miniaturized sensor and instrument subsystems based on photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology for future NASA science missions.
  •   Meso- and Micro-scale Fluidic Sample Acquisition and Handling for Human Exploration and Space Science Mission
  • The objective of this topic is to develop miniaturized fluidic gas or liquid sample handling and acquisition systems for future NASA science and human exploration missions.
  • Cognitive Communications for NASA Science and Exploration
  • The objective of this topic is to develop novel cognitive approaches to optimize the performance of space communications links on future NASA science and human explorations missions.
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Solutions for NASA Data Challenges
  • The objective of this topic is to develop and apply advanced data science methodologies, such as predictive analytics and machine learning, to aid domain experts in discovering new insights for NASA science and exploration.
  • We believe the above set of topics is diverse and would be of interest to a wide range of potential faculty. We would very much appreciate your assistance in distributing this message widely.

   Notices of Intent are requested by March 3, 2017, and the deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2017.

Should you or your associates desire to contact the ECF Team with any questions, please direct your correspondence/inquiries to<>.



NSF 16-553:  US Ignite – Agency Deadline: To Be Announced




NSF 16-552: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Agency deadline 6/14/16; 12/9/16; Second Friday in December, Annually Thereafter


Antarctic Research NSF 16-541 –

April 17, 2017     - April 15, Annually Thereafter

Antarctic fieldwork will be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. The Antarctic Sciences Section strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines



Antarctic Artists and Writers Program - NSF 13-540

Full Proposal Deadline - June 1, Annually Thereafter


Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI:AIR:TT)

LOI due to Agency: September 8, 2016;   March 1, 2017

Agency Deadline:   October 11, 2016;     April 3, 2017


NSF 16-535Expeditions in Computing  -

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

          April 25, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

        January 16, 2019


NSF 16-514: EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences - Proposals Accepted Anytime for the EARTHCUBE Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program in this solicitation.


I/UCRC – Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program

MRSEC – Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

ERC – Engineering Research Centers

PFC – Physics Frontier Centers

CCI – Centers for Chemical Innovation

CREST – Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology

 EEC – Engineering Education and Centers STC – Science and Technology Centers

RCN – Research Coordination Networks