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National Science Foundation: Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

Deadline: February 14, 2018

The Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining) program seeks to achieve the following overarching goals: (i) prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables potentially transformative fundamental science and engineering research and contributes to the Nation’s overall economic competitiveness and security; (ii) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the fundamental science and engineering research community to enable new modes of discovery; and (iii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering into the nation’s educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses. Advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking, and security that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental research.

The CyberTraining program calls for developing innovative, scalable training and education programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers. As part of this investment, this solicitation seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by:

  • Increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplines and institutions with lower levels of CI adoption to date
  • Harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups

Principal investigators (PIs) are strongly encouraged to engage all relevant stakeholders, to the extent possible within the budget, by forging alliances and forming backbones for collective impact; this is particularly necessary in order to inform forward-looking curriculum/instructional material development for the nation’s science and engineering workforce. At a minimum, each project shall have a board of expert advisors or a network of funded/unfunded collaborators representative of stakeholder communities to periodically scrutinize and help refine the curriculum/instructional material and project methods, and to inform professional associations and non-governmental organizations responsible for curriculum, accreditation, and professional examination.

Amount: A total of $3,500,000 is available to fund 7-11 awards that range from $300,000-$500,000 per award and range up to 3 years in duration.

Eligibility: Universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations; and state and local governments. At least one PI/co-PI must have expertise relevant to the targeted research discipline. All proposals shall include at least one PI/co-PI with expertise relevant to NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298856

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