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NSF-DFG Lead Agency Opportunity in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (NSF-DFG SaTC)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In the course of the joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) Research Workshop on Cybersecurity and Machine Learning, held in May 2021, several relevant topics and research directions were identified and published in a joint report (see link below). To facilitate the support of collaborative work between US groups and their German counterparts, NSF's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) and DFG's Division of Mathematics and Engineering Sciences 2 (II-MING) have recently agreed on a lead agency activity in "Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace" with NSF acting as the lead agency. US researchers are invited to refer to the Dear Colleague Letter NSF 23-051 (see link below).
US-German collaborators are invited to submit joint proposals in the areas described in NSF's "Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)" program (see link below). Joint proposals should contain detailed information about the mode and intrinsic necessity of collaboration between the US and the German side. With NSF being the lead agency, proposals submitted under this opportunity will be reviewed by NSF only and along with other proposals submitted to the SaTC program in accordance with the standard NSF merit review criteria and additional review criteria as specified in the SaTC solicitation. The result of the review process will be shared between the agencies to make final decisions on this basis. Please note that there are no separate funds on the DFG side either and proposals will compete with all other proposals in the "Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants Programme". Proposals selected for funding will be funded by NSF on the US side, and by DFG on the German side.
The scope of this opportunity is the "SaTC: CORE: Small" designation with project durations of up to three years. The TTP (The Transition to Practice) and EDU (Education) designations within SaTC are not covered by this opportunity. For the part to be financed by DFG, only those projects that fall within DFG's funding responsibility and that fit into the funding scheme "Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants Programme" are eligible - cf. DFG Guideline 50.01 (see link below). DFG Transfer Projects do not fall within the scope of this effort. The maximum initial funding duration is three years. No general budget limit applies to the part funded by DFG. Projects must have well-defined joint working programs, clearly demonstrating the added value of US-German collaboration. It is expected that each partner substantially contributes to the joint project.
The joint proposal submission opportunity of this activity is expected to continue for two years, ending 9 January 2025. Proposals can be submitted any time, no deadlines apply. Please note that due to the limited duration of this opportunity, it will not be possible to submit joint renewal proposals for projects funded in the course of this activity.
For details regarding NSF´s eligibility criteria and submission guidelines, please refer to the corresponding Dear Colleague Letter NSF 23-051 (see link below). For the applicants from Germany, the eligibility regulations for the "Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants Programme" apply - cf. DFG Guideline 50.01 (see link below). In particular, the regulations for non-university institutes ("Kooperationspflicht") apply and must be fulfilled by the German side on its own - cf. DFG Guidelines on the Duty to Cooperate 55.01 (see link below). If in doubt, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the corresponding program officers at NSF and DFG.
A research proposal must be prepared in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of the SaTC program (see link below). The proposal must then be submitted to NSF's SaTC program first. Within a week upon submission to NSF, the proposal must be handed in at DFG via the elan Portal (see link below). The submission to DFG must contain the identical proposal document submitted to NSF. The proposal title should be identical to the title submitted to NSF, including the prefix "NSF-DFG: SaTC:" accordingly. A supplementary document for DFG must be prepared and submitted to DFG only. It must contain the information required in sections 4-5 of the DFG research grant project description and must not exceed eight pages - cf. DFG guidelines 54.01 and 53.01 (see links below). This includes, among other information, the funds requested from DFG. A separate cover letter must be submitted to DFG only, including the NSF proposal number issued by NSF at the time of the proposal submission. This NSF proposal number is necessary for the agencies to match the proposals on each side. All documents submitted to NSF and DFG must be in English.
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