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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers (SaTC Frontiers)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 21-597 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.


In today’s increasingly networked, distributed, and asynchronous world, cybersecurity involves 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, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of security 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.

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 SaTC program solicitation for more details.

Through this solicitation—under the SaTC umbrella—NSF specifically seeks ambitious and potentially transformative center-scale projects in the area of security 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 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

Nina Amla
Program Director, CISE/CCF
namla@nsf.gov (703) 292-7991 CISE/CCF
Shannon I. Beck
Associate Program Director/Program Coordinator, CISE/CNS
sbeck@nsf.gov (703) 292-2487
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
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 CISE/IIS
Sandip Kundu
Program Director, CISE/CNS
skundu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Jenshan Lin
Program Director, ENG/ECCS
jenlin@nsf.gov 703-292-7950
Victor P. Piotrowski
Program Director, EHR/DGE
vpiotrow@nsf.gov (703) 292-8670 EHR/DGE
Andrew D. Pollington
Program Director, MPS/DMS
adpollin@nsf.gov (703) 292-4878 MPS/DMS
Indrajit Ray
Program Director, CISE/CNS
iray@nsf.gov 703-292-5387 CISE/CNS
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 CISE/CNS
Janet P. Striuli
Program Director, MPS/DMS
jstriuli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2858
Kevin Thompson
Program Director, CISE/OAC
kthompso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4220 CISE/OAC

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