This is a reminder of the upcoming October 9 “Medium-Size” deadline for NSF proposals in the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Core Programs.
Medium-size projects have a total budget of 500,001 to 1,200,000 USD and durations of up to four years. They are typically awarded to small groups of 2-3 researchers, who need not be from the same institution. So they can be a great way to initiate or support an existing collaboration. Single-PI proposals requesting support for multiple students and/or postdocs are allowed as well. Note that “a Collaboration Plan is required for all Medium proposals with more than one investigator” (which could include workshops, students from one institution spending time at the other, etc.)
An additional note (this appears to be a new policy): “In any contiguous September through December period, an individual may participate as PI, Co-PI or Senior Personnel in no more than two Small, Medium, or Large proposals submitted in response to the coordinated solicitation (where coordinated solicitation is defined to include the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs, the Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs and the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs solicitations). For example, between September 2012 and December 2012, an individual may participate as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel in one proposal submitted to a core program in CCF and in a second proposal submitted to a core program in CNS, or an individual may participate as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel in two proposals submitted to an IIS core program, etc.”
Good luck with your proposals!