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Ideas Lab: Engineering Technologies to Advance Underwater Sciences (ETAUS)

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NSF 22-617

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.


An Ideas Lab is an intensive meeting that brings together multiple diverse perspectives to focus on finding innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to a grand challenge problem. The aim of this Ideas Lab is to bring together experts from diverse scientific and engineering backgrounds to develop innovative engineering technologies and solutions that will enable real-time and reliable sensing, communications, localization, navigation, and mapping of aquatic environments, including glaciers, rivers, lakes, and oceans, for scientific research and economic development in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

This Ideas Lab will seek and prioritize proposals which will measurably increase the diversity and participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

This Ideas Lab is organized by the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

Program contacts

For questions related to environmental compliance, please contact Holly E. Smith, Office of the General Counsel, phone (703) 292-7713, email hesmith@nsf.gov. 

Jenshan Lin
jenlin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7360 ENG/ECCS
Giovanna Biscontin
gibiscon@nsf.gov (703) 292-2339 ENG/CMMI
Kandace S. Binkley
kbinkley@nsf.gov (703) 292-7577 GEO/OCE
Maurice A. Tivey
mtivey@nsf.gov (703) 292-7298
Kelly M. Brunt
kbrunt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8457 GEO/OPP
Olivia Lee
olee@nsf.gov (703) 292-2611
Robyn Smyth
rsmyth@nsf.gov (703) 292-2996 BIO/DEB
Francisco B. Moore
fbmoore@nsf.gov (703) 292-5376 BIO/DEB
Robert D. Fleischmann
rfleisch@nsf.gov (703) 292-7191
Kevin L. Thompson
kthompso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4220 CISE/OAC

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