Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Learn More:Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
Deadline:Full Proposal Deadline, August 8, 2018
Award Max:$175k for up to 24 months
Eligibility:Must be untenured and In the first three years of a tenure-track or research science or education position (or equivalent) but not more than a total of five years after completion of Ph.D. The number of years includes any academic position held post-PhD, exclusive of postdoctoral appointments. Must not have received any federal grants as PI (see exceptions). A PI may submit one proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the two-competition limit. The PI may not submit a CRII proposal in the same calendar year in which he/she submits a CAREER proposal. A CRII proposal submitted in the same calendar year as a CAREER proposal by the same PI will be returned without review.

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule. 

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement) -- see for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.

Category(s): social-science, mathematics, engineering, education, computer-science, health-science, information-science, architecture