Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake important investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels within the Center. STCs are strongly encouraged to form meaningful, substantive and long-term partnerships with minority-serving institutions, women's colleges and institutions serving students with disabilities, thereby providing formal connections with institutions that serve large populations of underrepresented students interested in STEM.

Because MU is limited to three applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should summarize the following: 1) whether MU would be the lead or a partner institution; 2) research vision and how it integrates research and education; 3) organizational connections with other institutions; 4) education, diversity, and knowledge-transfer goals of the proposed center; and 5) management plan that integrates the research, education, diversity, and knowledge transfer activities across all partners.


Award amount varies. Initial awards for a 5-year project period. NSF expects to award 5-7 grants and has a total budget of approximately $25 million.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

Preliminary proposals are due September 30, 2008. Invited full proposals will be due April 30, 2009.

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life, physical and engineering sciences. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at