National Science Foundation: Campus Cyberinfrastructure
The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC) program invests in innovative, coordinated, and secure campus, multi-campus, and multi-institution cyberinfrastructure (CI) components. The 2017 CC solicitation refocuses on networking capacity, capability, and innovation, while continuing to address the challenges of applying CI expertise to enabling science. These investments are intended to exhibit demonstrable higher levels of performance, reliability, and predictability 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.
CC awards will be supported in four areas:
- 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. Universities and colleges are eligible to submit proposals in this program area.
- Network design and implementation for small institutions: This area supports smaller institutions with fundamental challenges to address in networking infrastructure and resources. Proposals should address scientific research and education needs for improved research and education (R&E) networking connectivity on campus and/or externally. Networking improvements described in the proposal can focus on equipment and wireless or fiber/wired connectivity needed within a campus and between research and education buildings. Applicants are required to partner with a leadership institution in their jurisdiction or region, and at a minimum are expected to actively participate in CC-related community events and engineering exchanges, especially in the first year while developing the technical solution. The leadership entity is expected to be experienced in high-performance R&E networking and well-resourced to be capable of actively working with the proposing institution on designing and making operational the proposed networking improvements. The partnering institution’s engagement activities may be supported in the proposal and included as a sub-award or non-lead proposal.
- 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.
- Network performance engineering and outreach: This program area will establish a national entity of expertise and resources in improving end-to-end network performance across the NSF research and education communities.
Amount: A total of up to $17,000,000 is expected to be available to make up to 26 awards. The range of awards is based on the areas, as follows:
- Data driven networking infrastructure for the campus and researcher awards will range up to $500,000 total for up to two years
- Network design and implementation for small institutions awards will be supported at up to $750,000 total for up to two years
- Network integration and applied innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to two years
- Network performance engineering and outreach awards will be supported at up to $3,500,000 total for up to four years
- Universities and colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members
- Nonprofit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities
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