NSF Launches New Grant Mechanism
November 21, 2011
by Paula Skedsvold
On December 1, 2011, NSF will begin receiving proposals under a new grant award mechanism called CREATIV for Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures. CREATIV is intended to “attract unusually creative high-risk/ high-reward interdisciplinary proposals.” Under this mechanism, proposals will receive only internal merit review, with decisions expected within 2-3 months of submission. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of science supported by NSF.
CREATIV awards must be co-funded by at least two intellectually-distinct NSF divisions or programs. Before submitting a proposal, principal investigators must obtain written authorization to submit a proposal by at least two NSF program directors from distinct areas. The standard merit review criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts will apply, but proposals must also “identify and justify” how the project is interdisciplinary and potentially transformative.
The new award mechanism was launched as part of the INSPIRE initiative that was created by NSF’s Director, Subra Suresh. INSPIRE was introduced to encourage cross-disciplinary research and break down disciplinary barriers. CREATIV is the first and only grant award mechanism launched under INSPIRE for FY 2012. Proposals may be submitted through June 15, 2012. NSF hopes to provide $24 million in FY 2012 for the pilot program.