Funding guide

NSF - Smart and Connected Communities

Broadband Funding Guide

National Science Foundation

Federal Agency

National Science Foundation

Agency Overview

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

Program Name

Smart and Connected Communities

Program Overview

The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.

Program Purpose
  • Smart Cities
  • Evaluation
  • Research
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety Entities
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Small Businesses
  • Rural Recipients
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops
  • Financial Institutions

Agency Contact

David Corman, (703) 292-8754

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount


FY2019 Funding Amount

Approximately $20,000,000 anticipated