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National Science Foundation: Campus Cyberinfrastructure

Deadline: January 21, 2020

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure (CI) improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the science enabled (including research and education) as drivers for investment and innovation in data networking infrastructure, innovation, and engineering.

A common theme across all aspects of the CC program is the critical importance of the partnership among campus-level CI experts, including the campus Information Technology (IT)/networking/data organization, contributing domain scientists, research groups, and educators necessary to engage in, and drive, new networking capabilities and approaches in support of scientific discovery. Proposals across the program should reflect and demonstrate this partnership on campus.

All proposals submitted to the CC program, with the exception of area 6, must include a Campus CI plan within which the proposed CI improvements are conceived, designed, and implemented in the context of a coherent campus-wide strategy and approach to CI that is integrated horizontally intra-­ campus and vertically with regional and national CI investments and best practices.

The CC program welcomes proposals in six program areas:

  1. Data-Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher: Proposals should address network infrastructure improvements at the campus level to enable national and global high-performance end-to-end access to dynamic network services that in turn enable rapid, unimpeded movement of diverse and distributed scientific data sets and advanced computing.
  2. Regional Connectivity for Small Institutions: This area supports broadening participation and significantly widening the set of institutions connected to the regional and national research and education network fabric. This area specifically targets groups of smaller institutions with fundamental challenges in networking infrastructure and resources. This area supports increased research and education (R&E) network connectivity across smaller institutions coordinated and led by a Regional Optical Network (RON) or a leadership institution in R&E networking in the region.
  3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation: This program area supports end-­to-­end network CI through integration of existing and new technologies and applied innovation. The goal is to take advantage of research results, prototypes, and emerging innovations to use them to enable specified researchers in a networking context. Proposals in this area may leverage new and existing investments in network infrastructure, services, and tools by combining or extending capabilities to work as part of the CI environment used by scientific applications and users.
  4. Campus Computing and the Computing Continuum: This program area promotes coordinated approaches in scientific computing at the campus level. This area invests in the seeding of new and shared computing resources at the campus level through investments in capacity computing in campus clusters. The program promotes a coordinated approach incentivizing multi-campus and national resource sharing.
  5. Cyber Team – Research and Education CI-based Regional Facilitation: This program area supports facilitation of campus cluster, cloud, and distributed computing resource use by scientists and scientific collaborations. This program area recognizes the enabling role of technical expertise, leadership, and engagement at the campus level in the successful research and educational pursuits across the National Science Foundation (NSF) community.
  6. Planning Grants and CI-Research Alignment: In general, CC PI teams require planning and effort related to their proposal prior to the 90-day solicitation window, for example, for compiling and understanding the science environments, applications, and drivers motivating the proposed CI investments. This area supports Planning Grants for PIs and teams requiring resources and time to coordinate and develop an approach to CC-related activities. Planning proposals should define a clear set of goals and a set of coordination and planning activities to meet those goals. Equipment costs are not allowed as part of a Planning Grant, and proposed costs are expected to include support for community coordination and planning activities. Planning proposals are welcome for areas 1 through 4 in CC.

Amount: Up to $20,000,000 is available to make awards, as follows:

  • Data-Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards: A total of 5-10 awards will will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years
  • Regional Connectivity for Small Institutions of Higher Education awards: A total of 5-7 awards will be supported at up to $800,000 total for up to 2 years
  • Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards: A total of 5-8 awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 for up to 2 years
  • Campus Computing and the Computing Continuum awards: A total of 8-15 will be supported at up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years
  • Cyber Team-Research and Education CI-based Regional Facilitation awards: A total of 3-5 awards will be supported at up to $1,400,000 total for up to 3 years
  • Planning Grants and CI-Research Alignment awards: A total of 3-8 awards will be supported for up to $250,000 total for up to two years

Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members. See solicitation for special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of U.S. IHEs.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies, and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20507/nsf20507.htm

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