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CREATIV (Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures): a pilot grant mechanism under the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) initiative, to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research.

Note to all prospective CREATIV principal investigators: Before writing or submitting a CREATIV proposal, PIs must obtain written authorizations by at least two NSF program directors from intellectually distinct divisions or programs. To begin the process of contacting program directors, the PI is encouraged to submit the CREATIV Inquiry Data Form. To identify program directors to list on this form, some keyword searching of the NSF web site may be helpful in finding appropriate NSF divisions and programs, for example by using the "Search Funding Opportunities" box in the left-hand column of the home page, or the "Search Award For" box in the Award Search database. Another potential resource is the NSF Interdisciplinary Research web site, /od/oia/additional_resources/interdisciplinary_research/, where the Contact Options page suggests various approaches, and the Points of Contact page lists people who can be helpful at the directorate level.

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: NSF 12-011 posted November 8, 2011.


WEBCAST: On November 9, 2011, NSF Director Subra Suresh and the co-chairs of the NSF INSPIRE Working Group presented a live webcast about the new CREATIV grant mechanism. The co-chairs answered questions submitted by the audience. The archived webcast can be viewed at

CREATIV Inquiry Data Form: To initiate the process of a potential CREATIV submission, start here.

CREATIV Inquiry Data Form


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