Upcoming Opportunities to learn about the NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP)

The NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP) program is holding two Virtual Office Hours to answer questions and provide additional insight into the PIPP Phase I: Development Grant (NSF 21-590) solicitation. A team of NSF program directors from CISE, BIO, ENG, and SBE will be present to answer any questions about this planning grant solicitation. 

Virtual Office Hours are: 

  • Thursday, September 2nd, at 2:00 pm EST 
  • Friday, September 10th, at 3:00 pm EST 

Please use this link to join us for the office hours: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/j/1616681112?pwd=dzE2bEc3aUYxeUVXT2R0RXA0b3loUT09 

One tap mobile: US: +16692545252,,1616681112# or +16468287666,,1616681112#  

Meeting ID: 161 668 1112 
Passcode: 052311 

A one-page summary of your proposed work can also be sent to the PIPP team (PIPP@NSF.gov) for feedback. With the deadline rapidly approaching, we encourage the community to reach out to us both with your project summaries and questions, and by attending the office hours above. 

Remember, proposals for PIPP phase I: Development Grants, are due on October 1st, 2021!  

Background on the PIPP Initiative
As noted on BIO Buzz, the blog of the Office of the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, NSF is currently calling for proposals for Development Grants through NSF 21-590 as part of its new Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP)  initiative. This initiative focuses on fundamental research and capabilities needed to tackle grand challenges in infectious disease pandemics through prediction and prevention. 

The PIPP Phase I initiative intends to support planning activities encompassing (1) articulation of a grand challenge centered around a critical and broad question in pandemic predictive intelligence; (2) proposals of novel conceptual research and technology developments that aim to advance state-of-the-art forecasting, real-time monitoring, mitigation, and prevention of the spread of pathogens; and (3) multidisciplinary team formation.  

Successful Phase I proposals must identify an innovative interdisciplinary grand challenge that engages integrated computational, biological, engineering, and social/behavioral approaches to formulate and solve critical problems relating to predictive intelligence for pandemic prevention. PIs of Phase I Development Grants are strongly encouraged to develop research and technical approaches that start to address critical aspects of the identified grand challenge. 

NSF’s PIPP activities place great emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff convergent research that has the potential for large societal impact. To that end, prospective principal investigators (PIs) must develop teams and proposals that work across scientific, disciplinary, geographic, and organizational divides, push conceptual boundaries, and build new theoretical framings of the understanding of pandemic predictive intelligence. 

This is a joint activity of the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). 

For frequently asked questions, workshop reports, and additional information please visit the PIPP program page: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505908 

Please send any questions or one-pagers to PIPP@NSF.gov