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NSF Directorate for Engineering - UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Lead Agency Opportunity (ENG-EPSRC)

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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.


The Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) of the National Science Foundation and the Engineering, ICT and Manufacturing the Future Themes of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are pleased to announce the ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity. The goal of this opportunity is to reduce some of the barriers that researchers currently encounter when working internationally. The ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity will allow US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process.

Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of CBET, CMMI, and/or ECCS with the EPSRC Engineering, ICT and/or Manufacturing the Future Themes. Proposers choose either NSF or EPSRC to serve as the “lead” agency to review their proposal. The non-lead agency will honor the rigor of the review process and the decision of the lead agency. For research teams that would like EPSRC to act as lead agency, please see the instructions at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/about/partner/international/agreements/nsf.  

Proposers should review the CBET, CMMI, and ECCS Program Descriptions for research supported through these divisions and the EPSRC website for further information on what areas of research are eligible for support through this activity. Proposals are expected to adhere to typical proposal budgets and durations for the relevant NSF programs and EPSRC Themes from which funding is sought.

Program contacts

All general NSF inquiries should be sent to ENGUKRI@nsf.gov.  All general EPSRC inquiries should be sent to International@epsrc.ukri.org.

Brandi Schottel
ENGUKRI@nsf.gov (703) 292-4798 ENG/OAD
Steven M. Zehnder
ENGUKRI@nsf.gov (703) 292-7014 ENG/CBET
Khershed P. Cooper
ENGUKRI@nsf.gov (703) 292-7017 ENG/CMMI
Richard Nash
ENGUKRI@nsf.gov (703) 292-5394 ENG/ECCS
Catherine Walker
ENGUKRI@nsf.gov (703) 292-7125 ENG/CBET
Joanne Humphries
international@epsrc.ac.uk 07895 208 211 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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