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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC) 2022

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical and Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:November 04, 2021
Subject:NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC) 2022


Deadline for Internal Review:November 29, 2021

Project Description

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

Amount: Proposed STC annual budgets may range up to $6 million per year of NSF support.

Duration of Award: 5 years.  NSF plans to make an initial commitment for five years of support and a possibility of continuation for five additional years.

Number of Awards:   Up to 5 centers.  Number of awards is approximate and subject to availability of funds in FY2023.


The PI must be a full-time faculty member at an institution of higher education and have an established record of leading research teams.

A PI or co-PI on one proposal in this competition may not be a participant in another STC proposal under review in the same competition. If a proposal is declined at any stage of the review process, a PI or co-PI on the declined proposal may then participate in another STC proposal. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced by NSF.

UW-Madison may submit 3 preliminary proposals as the lead institution.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:

Please include the following information:

  • Cover Sheet including the project title, name and department of PI, list of project personnel and partner organizations
  • CV of lead PI
  • Research project summary of no more than 5 pages of how the proposed project meets the goals of the solicitation

Sponsor Deadlines

Pre-proposals are due to NSF by February 01, 2022. Applications are due to NSF by August 29, 2022.