Posted: October 19, 2020

Full proposal due January 4, 2021

The previous AccelNet solicitation (NSF 19-501) issued in 2019 called for international networks of networks addressing scientific grand challenges that require significant international research coordination, either aligned with one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas or community-identified grand challenges. This new solicitation clarifies definitions, budgetary information, and announces broader target areas, as well as changes to submission requirements. The substantive changes in this FY 2021 solicitation include:

  • Letters of Intent are no longer required – NSF 19-501 required potential proposers to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) before submitting a full proposal. A LOI is no longer required under this solicitation.
  • Restructuring of award types – NSF 19-501 described two project categories to which proposals could be submitted: Catalytic and Full-Scale Implementation. This solicitation has discontinued Catalytic awards and instead establishes two categories of AccelNet awards: Design and Implementation.
  • Plans for Data Management are now included as part of the Program Specific Review Criteria and should be supported by appropriate data science expertise.
  • In the case of proposals involving more than one organization, submission of a collaborative proposal from multiple organizations, as described in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, is no longer accepted in this solicitation. A single organization must be identified as the lead, and a single proposal describing the entire project must be submitted by that organization. Funds may be distributed among partner organizations via subawards from the lead organization. A budget on the standard NSF budget format should be submitted for each subawardee. The requirement for a single organization to submit the sole proposal for a project is designed to facilitate effective coordination among participating organizations and avoid difficulties that ensue in funded projects when individuals change organizations and/or cease to fulfill project responsibilities.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020.

See full solicitation here

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