The National Science Foundation (NSF) is launching a pilot grant program to support bold interdisciplinary research. The Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures (CREATIV) is the first grant award mechanism launched by NSF as part of a new initiative to promote interdisciplinary research and education.

CREATIV will provide up to $1 million for up to five years for each proposal for interdisciplinary and potentially transformative research. The program is unique in that proposals will only be evaluated by internal merit review by NSF program officers.

The program is part of a broader initiative introduced by NSF Director Subra Suresh. ” INSPIRE [Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education] is aimed to encourage cross-disciplinary science,” said Suresh. “INSPIRE will help to break down any disciplinary barriers that may exist within NSF and encourage its program managers to use new tools, collaboration modes and techniques in the merit-review process to widen the pool of prospective discoveries that may be hidden from or circumvented by traditional means.” NSF expects to announce other efforts within INSPIRE in fiscal year 2013.

Proposals for CREATIV will be accepted through 15 June 2012. More information is available at


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