NSF Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs)

13 November 2019

NSF Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs) are typically used to enable faculty members at PUIs to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions.

An ROA is intended to increase or maintain the visitor’s research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and research teaching capabilities at his or her home institution, and to enhance the impacts and outcomes of the NSF-funded research of the host principal investigator. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences but partial support of sabbaticals may sometimes be provided.

Corporate & Foundation Relations will be happy to explore ROA options with any Carleton faculty members, and to help draft applications for ROA funding. ROA reviews and recommendations are made at the discretion of the program officer whose budget will provide the ROA funds, which can make them easier to obtain than standard NSF grants.

(Further details: ROA requests can be submitted as “supplements” to existing NSF awards or as new, linked collaborative proposals. In the former case, requests for ROA supplements to existing NSF awards and requests to re-budget existing NSF awards to include ROA activities are submitted to NSF by the institution holding the existing NSF award.  Such requests generally involve NSF program officer review and are not subject to external merit review. In the latter case, new proposals with ROA components may be submitted as linked collaborative proposals with one or more of the proposals representing an ROA component of the combined project, or as a single proposal with one or more subawards to support a ROA component of the combined project.)