2024 NSF Aspiring CPS PIs’ Workshop
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Vanderbilt University Community Events Building, Nashville, TN

Applications for this workshop are now closed.     
Applicants invited to the workshop will be contacted by the organizers.  

Workshop Goals

The goal of the workshop is to help aspiring PIs understand what NSF (and importantly, the review panels convened by NSF) expect to see in a successful CPS proposal, and to articulate their ideas in a way that proposal reviewers can more easily understand how the proposed work will contribute to the advance the CPS research agenda.

The intended outcome of this workshop is to expand and enrich the CPS research community. By equipping early-stage researchers with a better grasp of the NSF's expectations and the CPS program's objectives, we anticipate a marked enhancement in the quality of project ideas emanating from the community. Additionally, we expect these projects to align more closely with the NSF's strategic goals in CPS research, ultimately driving innovation and advancement in the field.

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About the Workshop

The workshop is co-located with the 2024 NSF CPS PI meeting that will be held on the subsequent two days. We encourage aspiring PIs to attend both the workshop and the CPS PI Meeting.    

The workshop will feature engaging presentations, and panels from both NSF CPS Program Officers and previous CPS program and CPS CAREER grant recipients. These sessions will be tailored to impart practical knowledge and firsthand experiences. A significant portion of the workshop will be dedicated to fostering networking and discussion opportunities. We believe that building connections between emerging researchers and established figures in the field is crucial. These interactions can lead to mentorship, collaboration, and a deeper understanding of the CPS field. A poster session will be organized for the aspiring PIs to foster networking and collaboration with both NSF program directors and CPS PIs in attendance.    

Location and Dates

This is a one-day workshop that will be held at Vanderbilt University at the Vanderbilt Community Event Space (CES), 208 24th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37240

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024: Deadline for submitting applications. Applications are closed.
  • Friday, March 8 2024: Notification confirming participation.
  • Tuesday, March 19 2024: Full-Day Aspiring CPS PI Workshop.
  • March 20-21: 2024 NSF CPS PI Meeting that Aspiring PIs can attend.

To maximize the opportunity for future PIs, preference will be given to early career faculty and researchers who have submitted NSF CPS proposals in past years but not been funded. We discourage attendance by aspiring PIs who have received CPS funding in previous rounds as a PI or Co-PI. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with early submissions having a greater chance of receiving invitations. 

Lodging and Travel Support:

Participants selected for the workshop will be eligible for a reimbursement up to a maximum of $1000, that includes covering hotel expenses estimated at ~$200/day, inclusive of taxes, at The Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt.  The organizers will book your hotel say on your behalf (make sure to specify on your application if you plan to remain for both the workshop and the subsequent two-day CPS PI meeting).  
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Refreshments, including a continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, and an afternoon break will be provided.  

There is no registration fee for this workshop. 

Workshop Organizers

  • Madhur Behl, University of Virginia
  • Jonathan Sprinkle, Vanderbilt University
  • Frankie King, Vanderbilt University
  • Jason Gigax, Vanderbilt University

NSF Program Directors 

  • Dave Corman
  • Linda Bushnell
  • Fahmida N Chowdhury
  • Pavithra Prabhakar
  • Vishal Sharma

Please address questions and comments to Madhur Behl, who is the organizer of the event, at madhur.behl@virginia.edu 



Workshop Program

8:00aBreakfast Reception/Registration (pick up name tags & hang posters)
9:00aOpening Remarks and Workshop Introduction
9:15aKeynote – “The CPS Program and Aspiring PIs”
Speaker: David Corman, National Science Foundation (NSF)
10:15aCoffee Break
10:30aSession 1: Crafting a Successful CPS Proposal                           
      - Short framing talks: Insights from CPS PIs                                                           
      - Panel Discussion: "Decoding the Highly Recommended CPS Proposal"       
12:30pWorking Lunch with NSF Program Directors and CPS PIs
2:00pSession 2: Navigating the CPS CAREER Proposal
       - Framing talks: Strategies for writing CPS CAREER proposals
       - Panel Discussion: "Key Aspects Unique to CPS CAREER Proposals"
3:30pAfternoon Break (Coffee and light snacks) + additional time to put up posters
3:45pAspiring CPS PIs Poster Session
5:00pClosing remarks and adjourn for dinner
(Attendees are encouraged to form dinner groups)