NSF Regional Innovation Engines

Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity.

CU Boulder may only submit one lead proposal – either a Type-1 or a Type-2. If you received an invitation to submit a full proposal (Type-1 or Type-2) to NSF Engines with CU Boulder as the lead, you must submit materials to RIO no later than August 1. The purpose of this internal call and August 1 deadline is to down select which proposal CU Boulder will submit as the lead.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT August 1, 2022

Type-1 Letters of Intent: 5:00pm August 31, 2022

Type-1 Full Proposals: 5:00pm September 29, 2022

Type-2 Letters of Intent: 5:00pm December 15, 2022

Type-2 Full Proposals: 5:00pm January 31, 2023

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Proposal Type: Type-1 or Type-2
  • Copy of the NSF email confirmation to submit a Type 1 or Type 2 proposal including the concept outline narrative submitted
  • Confirmation of the lead applicant/organization being CU Boulder (partners/subs do not need to go through the internal process).
  • PI Biosketch

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6772/home


The Project Director must be a senior member of the submitting organization’s leadership and will also serve as the full-time CEO for the Engine. At the time of proposal submission, this role may be filled by an interim CEO until a full-time CEO is named or recruited. Designation of a full-time CEO must occur within the first six months of the start date of the award.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one proposal is allowed as the lead organization.

Award Information

Type-1: Up to $1,000,000; up to 24 months; 50 awards anticipated

Type-2: Up to $160,000,000; up to 10 years; 5 awards anticipated