• Open


  • Amount: $400,000 - $1.2M
  • Duration: 3-4 years



  • The maximum total budget for proposals submitted to the Education (EDU) designation is reduced from $500,000 to $400,000.
  • The number of CORE proposals that a PI, co-PI or senior personnel can participate in is increased from 1 to 2.
  • The eligibility criteria for PIs is updated.
  • Additional information about the topic areas of interest is added, notably in cryptography, data science, information authenticity, and social/behavioral/economic sciences.
  • Guidance on Broadening Participation in Computing plans is clarified.

The goals of the SaTC program are aligned with the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity research and development: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations.

In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice.

The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are each welcome.

Proposals must be submitted pursuant to one of the following designations, each of which may have additional restrictions and administrative obligations as specified in this program solicitation.

  • CORE: This designation is the main focus of the SaTC research program, spanning the interests of NSF’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).
  • EDU: The Education (EDU) designation will be used to label proposals focusing entirely on cybersecurity education.
  • TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing research results to practice.

CORE and TTP proposals may be submitted in one of the following project size classes:

  • Small projects: up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years;
  • Medium projects: $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years;

EDU proposals are limited to $400,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

By the submission deadline, any PI, co-PI, or other senior project personnel must hold either:

  • a tenured or tenure-track position, or
  • a primary, full-time, paid appointment in a research or teaching position

An individual can participate as a PI, co-PI or senior personnel on no more than four SaTC proposals. There is a limit of:

  • two proposals designated as CORE (across Small and Medium);
  • one proposal designated as TTP (across Small and Medium); and
  • one proposal designated as EDU.

These limits apply for the period from Oct 1st to Sept 30th of the following year to all proposals in response to this solicitation and are unrelated to any limits imposed in other NSF solicitations.

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