Dear Colleague Letter: Global Centers Program Competition

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

November 22, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

This Dear Colleagues Letter (DCL) is being issued to inform the community about the next round of the Global Centers Program anticipated to be in fiscal year 2024 (FY24).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), launched the Global Centers Program in fiscal year 2023 (FY23). Global Centers is a cross-directorate funding opportunity implemented in partnership with international funding partner agencies. Global Centers supports large-scale use-inspired research in collaboration with international partners to address global challenges that cannot be solved by any single country. The Global Centers program funds research centers that maximize the benefits of international, interdisciplinary collaborations through co-development of research and workforce training with diverse kinds of stakeholders impacted by global challenge themes. Funding levels for NSF Global Centers Implementation awards are up to $5,000,000 for durations of four to five years and Design awards are up to $250,000 in total over two years. In the inaugural FY23 competition, funding of both Implementation and Design awards totaled $76.4M across all partner agencies (details here).

The topic for the 2024 competition of the Global Centers program is anticipated to be Addressing Societal Challenges through the Bioeconomy and may include research from any combination of research disciplines supported by NSF. The Program anticipates accepting proposals for holistic, multidisciplinary projects that demonstrate integration of international teams as well as the relevant scientific disciplines, including educational and social sciences necessary to achieve use-inspired outcomes.

All proposals are expected to integrate two crosscutting themes into their plans for a Global Center: public engagement and co-generation of research activities to strengthen the global science and technology enterprise, and workforce development and education.

The Program anticipates funding 5 to 7 implementation awards of $5,000,000 each for project durations of 4 to 5 years, subject to availability of appropriated funds. No Design awards will be funded in FY24. Details about the new competition, including refined scope and confirmed partnering countries in FY24, will be indicated in a new NSF Global Centers solicitation. The anticipated schedule for the FY24 competition is provided below.

More information about the Global Centers program can be found on the program’s webpage including regular news updates. 

This DCL does not constitute a solicitation; therefore, no award of any kind will result from this DCL. Details of the competition are in the planning stages, and NSF intends to follow this general schedule:

First quarter of calendar year 2024: Release of the new solicitation.

Second quarter of calendar year 2024: Anticipated due date for full proposals in response to the solicitation.

Third quarter of calendar year 2024: Awards recommendation following the merit review of proposals submitted under the expected solicitation.




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 1, 2024