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Joint Domestic Nuclear Detection Office-National Science Foundation: Academic Research Initiative  (ARI)


Name Email Phone Room
Gail  Dodge (703) 292-8958   
Bruce Hamilton (703) 292-8320   
Bradley Keister (703) 292-7377   
Kerstin Mukerji (703) 292-8339  525  
Sylvia Spengler (703) 292-8930   
Dennis Wenger (703) 292-8606   
Paul  Werbos (703) 292-8339   


Solicitation  13-554

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The ARI is a joint Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and National Science Foundation (NSF) program seeking novel cross-cutting research that will enhance the nation's ability to detect and interdict nuclear or radiological material outside of regulatory control, and otherwise help prevent nuclear or radiological attacks.  This year's solicitation topics will encompass a range of subjects, with an emphasis on unconventional, multidisciplinary approaches to threat detection. A number of small to medium awards are intended in the areas of novel approaches to extremely low-cost threat detection, orthogonal and informatics approaches to threat detection, deterrence analytics, and advanced forensics techniques. A single large award is intended for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to shielded special nuclear material detection.  Primary objectives of the ARI include advancing fundamental knowledge in the above areas and developing intellectual capacity in scientific fields relevant to long-term advances in these areas. 

Proposals outside of the scope described in this solicitation will be returned without review.

Research proposals specific to detection of biological, chemical, and conventional weapons are excluded from the scope of this solicitation, however approaches that consider explosives detection and nuclear or radiological materials detection are of interest.


DNDO/NSF Academic Research Initiative (ARI) Conflicts of Interest (COI) and Topic Area Submission System

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Concerning the DNDO/NSF Academic Research Initiative (ARI)

DNDO/NSF Academic Research Initiative (ARI) Webpage

DNDO/NSF Academic Research Initiative (ARI) Grantees Conference, April 6-9, 2009



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