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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC Frontiers)

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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 centers addressing cybersecurity and privacy, drawing on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; social and behavioral sciences.


In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity and privacy involve hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures; corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, complex interactions among systems/components, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of cybersecurity and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity and privacy.

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged. Please see the SaTC program solicitation (NSF 21-500, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21500/nsf21500.htm ) for more details.

Through this solicitation—under the SaTC umbrella—NSF specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the area of cybersecurity and privacy that (1) catalyze far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions or hard problems and/or by compelling applications and novel technologies that promise significant scientific and/or societal benefits, and (2) stimulate significant research and education outcomes that, through effective knowledge transfer mechanisms, promise scientific, economic and/or other societal benefits. The goal of the SaTC Frontiers program is to advance the frontiers of cybersecurity and privacy, and the areas listed in the SaTC program solicitation (NSF 21-500, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21500/nsf21500.htm ) are meant to be illustrative but not exhaustive.

The SaTC Frontiers program will support proposals from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.

Program contacts

Jeremy Epstein
Program Director, CISE/CNS
jepstein@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Nina Amla
Program Director, CISE/CCF
namla@nsf.gov (703) 292-7991 CISE/OAD
Robert Beverly
Program Director, CISE/OAC
rbeverly@nsf.gov (703) 292-7068 CISE/OAC
Dan R. Cosley
Program Director, CISE/IIS
dcosley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8491 CISE/IIS
Sol Greenspan
Program Director, CISE/CCF
sgreensp@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Leland M. Jameson
Program Director, MPS/DMS
ljameson@nsf.gov (703) 292-4883
James Joshi
Program Director, CISE/CNS
jjoshi@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Sara Kiesler
Program Director, SBE/SES
skiesler@nsf.gov (703) 292-8643 SBE/SES
Wei-Shinn Ku
Program Director, CISE/IIS
weiku@nsf.gov (703) 292-8318
Rosa Lukaszew
Program Director, ENG/ECCS
rlukasze@nsf.gov (703) 292-8103 ENG/ECCS
Daniela Oliveira
Program Director, CISE/CNS
doliveir@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Victor P. Piotrowski
Program Director, EHR/DGE
vpiotrow@nsf.gov (703) 292-8670 EDU/DGE
Andrew D. Pollington
Program Director, MPS/DMS
adpollin@nsf.gov (703) 292-4878 MPS/DMS
Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Program Director, CISE/IIS
bprabhak@nsf.gov (703) 292-4847
Phillip A. Regalia
Program Director, CISE/CCF
pregalia@nsf.gov (703) 292-2981 CISE/CCF
Alexander Sprintson
Program Director, CISE/CNS
asprints@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Nigamanth Sridhar
Program Director, EHR/DGE
nsridhar@nsf.gov (703) 292-7294
Li Yang
Program Director, EHR/DGE
liyang@nsf.gov (703) 292-2677

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