Eligible applicants for all program areas are institutions of higher education. Additionally, nonprofit, non-academic organizations are eligible to apply for program areas one, two, four, and five.
For program areas one, two, and four, nonprofit, non-academic organizations may only apply for projects for the region.
For program areas one, two, three, and four, all projects must document explicit partnerships or collaborations with campus information technology (IT)/networking organizations, as well as one or more domain scientists, research groups, and educators in need of the new network capabilities.
Refer to pages 5-14 of the NOFA file for additional details regarding eligibility requirements for each program area.
Applicants for proposals for the region may form collaborations between Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and non-EPSCoR jurisdictions, with the lead in the EPSCoR jurisdiction where feasible. Proposals from minority-serving institutions and institutions in EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions, along with collaborations between these institutions and those in non-EPSCoR jurisdictions, are encouraged.
For proposals for the region, the lead applicant should be experienced in advanced cyberinfrastructure. Refer to page 7 of the NOFA file for additional requirements.
Collaborative proposals submitted as simultaneous submission of proposals from different organizations, with each organization requesting a separate award, are not allowed. Collaborative proposals must be submitted as a single proposal, in which a single award is being requested and subawards are administered by the lead organization.
Collaborative proposals involving principal investigators from two or more institutions are accepted.
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals must include at least one industrial co-principal investigator.
For program areas one, two, and four, past and current award recipients in these areas are ineligible to submit a proposal(s) to the same area for five years from the previous award start date. This restriction does not apply to any proposal for the region in these areas.
There are no restrictions or limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted per organization, and there are no restrictions or limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted per principal investigator (PI) or co-PI.