Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS), National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.


Supplement Deadline Date:  April 1, 2013

REU/RET Supplement

April 1, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  October 1, 2013 - November 1, 2013

October 1 - November 1, Annually Thereafter

These submission windows do not apply to workshop proposals, proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), or Rapid Response Grants (RAPID).

The Division deadline for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Supplements is April 1st. Please note: The ECCS Division has established an $8,000.00 REU limit per student. Please contact your Program Director for further details.

The ECCS Division discourages multiple proposals by the same PI and/or co-PI within the same submission window.


The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education.  EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems.

Proposals for the EPAS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

Areas of interest include:

Kishan Baheti

  • Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
  • Distributed and Mobile Networked Control
  • Networked Sensing and Imaging Systems
  • Control Aspects of Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Cyber Secure Control of Power Systems
  • Systems Theory in Molecular, Cellular, and Synthetic Biology
  • Networked Robotics and Transportation Networks

 George Maracas

  • Energy Collection and Harvesting Devices and Systems
  • Energy Storage
  • Advanced Power Electronics
  • Electric Grid Interfaces
  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Energy/Power Sensing
  • Local Distributed Power Systems

 Paul Werbos

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Systems
  • Transmission and Distribution Systems
  • Intelligent Power Grid and Economics
  • Quantum Systems and Modeling
  • Theory and Modeling for Systems and Devices
  • Neuromorphic Engineering 
  • Cognitive Optimization and Prediction
  • Intelligent Vehicles
  • Learning and Intelligence for Robotics

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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