GT has been advised that NSF intends to issue a solicitation for a new class of Science and Technology Centers (STCs). It is anticipated that this solicitation will be released in spring of 2017, although as always, this date may change.
In an effort to maximize the coaching, assistance and feedback provided to potential respondent STC teams, the Office of the EVPR has developed an internal development support framework/timeline designed to engage and prepare teams in advance of the anticipated solicitation. This pre-release framework is based on previous STC solicitations, as well as, additional information provided by individuals with programmatic expertise.
- NSF STC awards are historically in the $4-5 million per year range, for a period of five years, with possible renewal for an additional five years, or a 10 year total.
- The STC competition has traditionally been a limited submission competition, in which an institution is eligible to submit up to 3 proposals. We anticipate that the new competition will follow this model.
- Although it is impossible to predict the exact requirements and/or priorities to be specified in the anticipated solicitation, previous solicitations will likely give you a good idea of what to expect, as you begin to consider proposal ideas and leadership options.
We encourage PIs to connect and work with IRIs (http://www.research.gatech.edu/institutes) early in the process if the proposed program area fits within an IRI topical area. IRI directors are poised to help support the organization of proposals.
A timeline for pre-solicitation preparation and review of proposals is given below:
- STC Information session for faculty - March 30, 2017 (Access recording and presentation slides on the GT Inside Track site.)
- White Papers due to EVPR – May 15, 2017
- Draft Preliminary Proposal (2014 NSF Format*) due to EVPR – June 30, 2017
- Reviewer Feedback due to PIs – July 21, 2017
- Preliminary Proposals (anticipated) due to NSF - August 1, 2017
Please note: This timeline, based on historical STC schedules, anticipates a May 1, 2017 NSF solicitation release, with an estimated NSF Preliminary Proposal due date of August 1, 2017. If the RFP is released at a later date, this timeline builds in the opportunity for an additional round of internal review and feedback.
Internal Submission Process
As it is almost certain that this will be a limited submission opportunity, we anticipate holding an internal competition to select the GT nominees. If the number of submissions in the selection competition exceeds the institutional limit, preference will be given to teams which complete all stages of this internal pre-solicitation gate process.
To participate in the pre solicitation proposal development process, applicants must utilize the GT internal competition system to:
1) Submit a White Paper, as a single pdf format file, due by May 31, 2017.
- White Papers, must be a maximum of 4 pages, and maximum) should describe the proposed:
- Management Plan
- All submitting PIs will receive feedback on how their proposed project/team can be strengthened for the following stages of this development framework.
2) Submit a Draft Preliminary Proposal package, as a single pdf format file, due by June 30, 2017. The package must contain:
- Preliminary Draft Narrative (Following 2014 solicitation guidelines)
For More Information
- Consult the NSF STC website.
- Review previous STC solicitations, at links above.
- As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Roche at (email@example.com), or Chris Jones at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*In advance of the release of the 2017 STC solicitation, all draft formats will follow the guidelines established in the most recent 2014 solicitation, above. Once the 2017 solicitation is released, all future formats will follow the updated guidance.