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Applications will be evaluated in a multi-phase merit review process. A pre-proposal will be required and those pre-proposals judged most promising by a review panel and the Program Secretariat will be invited to submit full proposals.

  1. Registration Required:

Registration is required by the PI/Lead Institution and allows the Program Secretariat to examine the proposal ideas with respect to eligibility requirements, to identify correctible issues, and to categorize the proposed research in preparation for the pre-proposal review process. The project description should not be more than 500 words and should include a brief description of the scope of work, the approach, and the potential list of participant(s).

  1. Pre-proposals: Required

Pre-proposals are required and all referenced documents must be submitted through The submission process requires the completion of online forms for the pre-proposal cover page and list of project personnel, and uploads to the web portal of the pre-proposal body and supplementary documents in .pdf format. A Conflict of Interest (COI) form is also required. The template is downloadable from the web portal, and this form must also be uploaded to the portal.

  1. Full Proposal: By invitation only

For full proposals, all referenced documents must be submitted electronically through Questions relating to submittal process may be directed to Program Secretariat contacts listed in the preliminaries to this document or on the Web Portal. Full proposals will be accepted only if invited by the Program Secretariat. When preparing a full proposal for this competition, proposers are advised to review the Program Description and the Proposal Review Information found in this solicitation for general guidance pertinent to this program. Proposers are encouraged to refer to the web portal frequently for updated information and answers to frequently asked questions.