The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment.
Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:Small projects: One or more investigators spanning 1 to 5 years. Large projects: Multi-disciplinary teams spanning 3 to 5 years.
Organizational eligibility is contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) located here: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf12607.