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Smart & Connected Communities Program Webinar

About this event

The goal of the Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.

For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries—such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions—consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities. A “smart and connected community” is, in turn, a community that synergistically integrates intelligent technologies with the natural and built environments, including infrastructure, to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, or travel within it.

Successful S&CC projects are expected to pursue Integrative research that addresses the technological and social dimensions of smart and connected communities and undertake meaningful community engagement that integrates community stakeholders within the project. A management plan that summarizes how the project will be managed across disciplines, institutions, and community entities, and an evaluation plan for assessing short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of the proposed activities are required.

Proposals should engage the multidisciplinary perspectives of scientific areas supported by NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). Awards may be requested for total budgets ranging from $750,000 to $3,000,000 for periods of up to four years.


To Join the webinar:  PLEASE NOTE - this webinar is full.  We will hold a second Smart & Connected Communities Program Webinar on Monday January 8th.  The webinar on January 8th will be the same webinar as on January 4th.  There is no need to attend both.

After your registration is accepted, you will receive an email with a URL to join the meeting. Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, your acceptance message will have a toll-free phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining. Please note that this registration is a manual process; therefore, do not expect an immediate acceptance. In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.

The webinar presentation, audio file and transcript will be available below under "Public Attachments" after webinar is over.