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Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-576 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports early-career scientists in computer and information science and engineering who lack access to adequate organizational or other resources, enabling them to undertake exploratory research and develop collaborations and new approaches.


The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than six years after completion of their PhD for proposals submitted in 2022, and not more than five years after completion of their PhD for proposals submitted after 2022. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions as noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.

Importantly, the CRII program seeks to provide essential resources to enable early-career PIs to launch their research careers.  This funding opportunity also aims to broaden the engagement of investigators in CISE research and therefore is limited to investigators that are either (1) affiliated with an Institution of Higher Education that is not a “very high research activity” R1 institution (according to the Carnegie Classification https://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/) or (2) non-profit non-academic institutions. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may optionally use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Certification and RUI Impact Statement) -- see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518 for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for PI salary, postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.

Program contacts

Jeremy J. Epstein
Program Director, CNS
jepstein@nsf.gov (703) 292-8338 CISE/CNS
Almadena Y. Chtchelkanova
Program Director, CCF
achtchel@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Ephraim P. Glinert
Program Director, IIS
eglinert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930 CISE/IIS
Juan J. Li
Program Director, OAC
jjli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2625 CISE/OAC

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