NSF: Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
NSF 17-602 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17602/nsf17602.htm
Required LOI due July 15 annually
NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation CMMI
The LEAP HI program will support high-quality and ambitious fundamental research projects that align with one or more CMMI core research areas, with the potential to have a major long-term impact on America's prosperity, health, and/or infrastructure. LEAP HI supports projects that are unsuitable for smaller teams or shorter durations. Integral to every LEAP HI project must be an element to communicate the leadership role of engineering in addressing critical needs of society.
Research: The LEAP HI program is intended to produce results leading to disruptive technologies and methods that lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or reimagine and revitalize the built environment. A compelling and innovative research problem, critically involving one or more CMMI core topics, must lie at the heart of a LEAP HI proposal, although integration of methods, questions, and knowledge from outside CMMI core disciplines is strongly encouraged. CMMI core topics may be determined from current CMMI core program descriptions, or by consulting with a CMMI Program Officer.
Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure: LEAP HI proposals must articulate a significant long-term societal impact for the proposed project, particularly in the areas of economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals must leverage the interdisciplinary capabilities of the research team, and the extended project duration, to achieve these goals on a scale commensurate with the project's technical scope.