• Granting Agency: National Science Foundation
  • Appropriation Amount: $10,000,000
  • Grant Amount: Award Ceiling: $750,000, Award Floor: $50,000 No Match
  • Announcement Date: February 5, 2022
  • Closing Date: May 5, 2022,

Program Solicitation NSF 22-564
General inquiries regarding this funding opportunity should be sent to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov.

Purpose: Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI) is an NSF Program seeking to stimulate human-centered fundamental and potentially transformative research aimed at strengthening America’s infrastructure. Effective infrastructure provides a strong foundation for socioeconomic vitality and broad quality of life improvement. Strong, reliable, and effective infrastructure spurs private-sector innovation, grows the economy, creates jobs, makes public-sector service provision more efficient, strengthens communities, promotes equal opportunity, protects the natural environment, enhances national security, and fuels American leadership. Achieving these objectives requires the integration of expertise from across all science and engineering disciplines. SAI focuses on how fundamental knowledge about human reasoning and decision-making, governance, and social and cultural processes enables the building and maintenance of effective infrastructure that improves lives and society and builds on advances in technology and engineering. Successful projects will represent a convergence of expertise in one or more SBE sciences deeply integrated with other disciplines to support substantial and potentially pathbreaking, fundamental research applied to strengthening a specific and focal infrastructure

Eligible Expenditures:
Three classes of proposals will be considered through this solicitation:

  • SAI Planning Grants (SAI-P) may be requested for a total budget not to exceed $150,000 and for a period of up to 1 year.
  • SAI Research Grants (SAI-R) may be requested for a total budget not to exceed $750,000 and for a period of up to 3 years.
  • SAI Conference Grants (SAI-C) may be requested for a total budget not to exceed $50,000 and for a period of up to 1 year.

Submitted projects must be grounded in user-centered concepts and offer the potential to substantially improve, strengthen and transform the design, development, use, deployment, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and maintenance of American infrastructure. The social, behavioral, and economic sciences bring substantial expertise and insight to the design and implementation of infrastructure, including basic understanding of barriers to equitable participation, uneven societal impacts, open access to information and data, health disparities, and other human and societal dimensions that interact with the needs for and benefits provided by infrastructure.


Eligible Applicants:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through the use of sub-awards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

  • Steven Breckler, Program Director, SBE, telephone: (703) 292-7369, email: sbreckle@nsf.gov
  • Michael Hout, SBE, telephone: (703) 292-2163, email: mhout@nsf.gov
  • Kristin E. Kuyuk, SBE, telephone: (703) 292-4904, email: kkuyuk@nsf.gov
  • Michael Ford, EHR, telephone: (703) 292-5153, email: miford@nsf.gov
  • Amanda A. Simcox, BIO, telephone: (703) 292-8470, email: asimcox@nsf.gov

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