The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program (SaTC) is the premiere NSF program for supporting research in computer security and privacy. Relatively new principal investigators (PIs), whom we term “aspiring PIs,” often find writing their first successful SaTC funding proposal intimidating and difficult. To reduce this barrier, we will be holding the 2024 SaTC Aspiring PI workshop Thursday-Friday, May 9-10, 2024 in person on the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, IL. This workshop is open to current and soon-to-be appointed faculty members who qualify for submitting a grant proposal to the NSF SaTC program, including researchers whose past grant submissions to the SaTC program were declined for funding.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation based on applications submitted by interested researchers. To apply, please submit all application materials by March 13th, 2024 on this link.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide individuals who have never received a SaTC award with tips and tools for navigating the NSF’s proposal review process, with a focus on SaTC’s goals. We expect that doing so will increase both the quality of their proposal submissions and, in turn, the number of proposals funded. To that end, this workshop will provide participants with opportunities to meet and network with mentors in addition to attending panels and sessions covering topics such as:

See the Call For Participants for more details on participation. Importantly, we intend to provide travel grants for participants selected for the workshop that should cover most or all of the costs of attendance (travel to Chicago, meals, lodging).


All events will take place at the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science in Crerar Library, 5730 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. Directions are provided here.


The 2024 NSF SaTC Aspiring PI Workshop is being jointly organized by Blase Ur (UChicago), Christina Garman (Purdue), and Chris Kanich (UIC).

NSF Policy on Harassment and Hate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate sexual harassment, harassment based on ethnicity, race, gender, or disability, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites or anywhere science or education is conducted. As an NSF-sponsored workshop, we will uphold these values. To find out more about the NSF policies and procedures, please visit their website.

Contact Us

Please send questions about the workshop to blase@uchicago.edu.