2014 CPS Solicitation

The Cyber Physical Systems Program at the National Science Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2014 CPS Solicitation has been released.  This year’s solicitation has several notable changes from previous rounds. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration have joined the program to support basic research in CPS foci applicable to various sectors. In addition, this year’s funding will include support for a Transition to Practice (TTP) option for all proposals. The optional TTP supplement should outline how proposed research could be scaled and matured for broader applications. Consideration of DHS and DOT specific applications can be included in TTP proposals.
The submission window is from May 19, 2014 - June 2, 2014 (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time). Solicitation  NSF 14-542 replaces NSF 13-502.
The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program solicitation has been revised for the FY 2014 competition, and prospective Principal Investigators are encouraged to read the solicitation carefully. Among the changes are the following:

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and, through FHWA, U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) have joined the program.
  • A new supplemental option on "Transition to Practice" (TTP) is being offered.
  • A new emphasis on the potential utilization of testbeds for CPS research has been added.
  • New requirements for Supplementary Documents for Breakthrough and Frontier proposals have been introduced.
  • A requirement for a list of collaborators for all members of the project team, to be submitted as a Supplementary Document, has been added.

Three types of research and education projects -- differing in scope and goals -- will be considered through this solicitation:

  • Breakthrough projects must offer a significant advance in fundamental CPS science, engineering and/or technology that has the potential to change the field. This category focuses on new approaches to bridge computing, communication, and control. Funding for Breakthrough projects may be requested for a total of up to $500,000 for a period of up to 3 years.
  • Synergy projects must demonstrate innovation at the intersection of multiple disciplines, to accomplish a clear goal that requires an integrated perspective spanning the disciplines. Funding for Synergy projects may be requested for a total of $500,001 to $1,000,000 for a period of 3 to 4 years.
  • Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects. Funding may be requested for a total of $1,000,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years.

Full Proposal Window:  May 19, 2014 - June 2, 2014 
Full Proposal Window:  December 1, 2014 - December 15, 2014 
December 1 - December 15, Annually Thereafter
Program synopsis at the NSF web site.