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Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks (FAIROS RCN)

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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 research coordination networks to advance science and education using strategies informed by the principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability, reuse and open science.


The FAIROS RCN program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse, see Program Description for more information) guiding principles and Open Science best practices (inclusively summarized by the combined phrase FAIROS for purposes of this program). This program will support a broad range of activities by these new RCNs to advance the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of research products through FAIROS strategies.

FAIROS RCN proposals must select one of two tracks to focus on, either: 1) Disciplinary Improvements to targeted scientific communities, or 2) Cross-Cutting Improvements that apply to many or most scientific disciplines. In the case of proposals focused on Disciplinary Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the directorate closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain that the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation. In the case of proposals focused on Cross-Cutting Improvements, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers from the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.  For more on the NSF Public Access Initiative and Office of Integrative Activities, see the Program Description section below.

This program is undertaken in support of the NSF Public Access Initiative as described in the 2015 NSF Public Access Plan entitled "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries", an agency-wide response to the need for publicly funded research products to be made publicly accessible. This national priority was first broadly articulated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2013, and is of ongoing importance to NSF as a whole.  In addition, this program advances the priorities of NSF’s Office of Integrative Activities, which supports work across disciplinary boundaries that: advances research excellence and innovation; develops human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise; and promotes engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages.

Program contacts

Martin D. Halbert
CISE/OAC Science Advisor for Public Access
mhalbert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8516 OD/OIA
Raleigh Martin
GEO/EAR Program Director
ramartin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7199
Alan Tomkins
SBE/SES Acting Division Director
ATOMKINS@nsf.gov (703) 292-2690
Peter H. McCartney
BIO/DBI Program Director
pmccartn@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470
Bogdan Mihaila
CISE/OAC & MPS/PHY Science Advisor
bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235 MPS/PHY
Alexis Lewis
ENG/CMMI Deputy Division Director
ALEWIS@nsf.gov (703) 292-2624
Lee Zia
EHR/DGE Acting Division Director
lzia@nsf.gov (703) 292-5140

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