(CLOSED) Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships NSF 22-521

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

NSF expects STCs to both involve individuals who are members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels within the Center (faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral researchers) as well as be a leader in broadening participation in STEM. Individuals who may be underrepresented in STEM include those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders.

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

Limited on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3 Limit on number of proposals per organization description- A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution.

Limit on number of proposals per PI or Co-PI: A PI or co-PI on one proposal in this competition may not be a participant in another STC proposal under review in the same competition. If a proposal is declined at any stage of the review process, a PI or co-PI on the declined proposal may then participate in another STC proposal.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Feb 01, 2022
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Aug 29, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF no later than 4:00 p.m. on on the November 15 internal deadline:

  • 1. Cover Page (1 page:

    • Descriptive title of proposed activity
    • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
    • Participating institution(s)
    • Number and title of this funding opportunity
  • Project Description (5 pages max)
  • List of all project personal, their affiliations, and their roles in the center
  • A table (1 page) indicating an estimate of funds that will be allocated to each participating institution, broken down by category, i.e., research, education, knowledge transfer, and broadening participation.
  • Biosketches of PIs and coPIs
  • Formatting Guidelines:

    • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
    • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
    • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
Vincent Crespi (ECoS); Mauricio Terrones (ECoS); Qing Wang (E&MS)