Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI): Elements and Framework Implementations

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NSF 19-548

NSF 18-531

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

     April 08, 2019

     November 01, 2019

Synopsis of Program

The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction between software and data elements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation.

The CSSI umbrella program anticipates four classes of awards:

  • Elements: These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations: These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework providing Cyberinfrastructure (CI) services to a diverse community or communities.
  • Planning Grants for Community Cyberinfrastructure: Planning awards focus on the establishment of long-term cyberinfrastructure services, which would serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.
  • Community Cyberinfrastructure Implementations: These Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in cyberinfrastructure services, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

This particular CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards.  

Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should be aware that this is a multi-directorate activity and that they are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interests. Further, not all divisions are participating at the same level and division-specific priorities differ. Thus, PIs interested in responding to this solicitation are encouraged to refer to core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted descriptions on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight about the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals may be responsive. Prospective PIs should also refer to the directorate/division-specific descriptions contained in Section II of this solicitation.

Finally, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact program officer(s) from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) that typically support the scientists and engineers who would make use of the proposed work, to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals should be responsive. As part of contacting Cognizant Program Officers, prospective PIs are also encouraged to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 35

The number of awards of each type will be determined by separate review processes and will be based on quality of proposals, availability of funds, and responsiveness to priorities of the participating directorates/divisions.

Up to 25 Elements awards, and up to 10 Framework Implementations awards are anticipated, subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals received.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $46,500,000

Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Up to $15,000,000 is expected to be available for Elements awards, and up to $31,500,000 is expected to be available for Framework Implementations awards, subject to the availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

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 US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • 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.
  • NSF-sponsored federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) may apply, provided that they are not including costs for which federal funds have already been awarded or are expected to be awarded.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

An individual may participate as PI, co-PI, or other Senior Personnel on at most one proposal across the Elements and Framework Implementations for this solicitation. Thus, if an individual participates on an Elements proposal, he or she may not participate on a Framework Implementations proposal, and vice-versa. Note that any individual whose biographical sketch is provided as part of the proposal will be considered as Senior Personnel in the proposed activity, with or without financial support from the project.

In the event that any individual exceeds this limit, any proposal submitted to this solicitation with this individual listed as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel after the first proposal is received at NSF will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. For this purpose, a multi-organization collaborative project is treated as one proposal that is considered submitted when the last component proposal is submitted.

View full program solicitation here

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Friday, September 29, 2017

Program Solicitation

NSF 17-598

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 17-520

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Directorate for Education & Human Resources

Directorate for Engineering

Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

January 08, 2018

Second Monday in January, Annually Thereafter


Please note that the solicitation has been substantially revised. The main revisions are:

  • New added focus for cyberlearning within the context of work at the human-technology frontier;
  • The Exploratory (EXP) category is no longer relevant as all proposals should be exploratory in nature;
  • Projects will be funded up to a total of $750,000 per project;
  • All proposals must have innovations in both technology and learning;
  • Advisory boards are optional and no longer required;
  • There are fewer required sections in the Project Description;
  • Special award conditions are no longer specified; and
  • Solicitation-specific review criteria are no longer specified.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.


General Information

Program Title:

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Synopsis of Program:

The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • For program inquiries please contact, telephone: N/A, email: Cyberlearning-WHTF [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Tatiana Korelsky, co-lead CISE, CISE/IIS, telephone: (703) 292-8930, email: tkorelsk [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Amy L. Baylor, co-lead EHR, EHR/DRL, telephone: (703) 292-5126, email: abaylor [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • John Cherniavsky, Senior Advisor, EHR/DRL, telephone: (703)292-5136, email: jchernia [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • William Bainbridge, Program Officer, CISE/IIS, telephone: (703)292-7470, email: wbainbri [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Elliot Douglas, Program Officer, ENG/EEC, telephone: (703) 292-7051, email: edouglas [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Robert Russell, Program Officer, EHR/DRL, telephone: (703) 292-2995, email: rlrussel [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Chia Shen, Program Officer, EHR/DRL, telephone: (703)292-8447, email: cshen [at] naf [dot] gov
  • Kurt Thoroughman, Program Officer, SBE/BCS, telephone: (703) 292-7281, email: kthoroug [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Maria Zemankova, Program Officer, CISE/IIS, telephone: (703) 292-7348, email: mzemanko [at] nsf [dot] gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.041 --- Engineering
  • 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • 47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20

Contingent upon availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000

Each project will be funded for a duration of 2 to 3 years and up to a total funding amount of $750,000.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

An individual may participate as PI or co-PI in no more than a total of two (2) proposals in response to this solicitation. In the event that an individual exceeds the limit for this solicitation, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e. the first two proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:


B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    January 08, 2018

    Second Monday in January, Annually Thereafter

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria:

National Science Board approved criteria apply.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions:

Standard NSF award conditions apply.

Reporting Requirements:

Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.



Summary of Program Requirements

  1. Introduction
  2. Program Description
  3. Award Information
  4. Eligibility Information
  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane/ Requirements
  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. Merit Review Principles and Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process
  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements
  8. Agency Contacts
  9. Other Information

New Missouri Transect Newsletter!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Missouri EPSCoR Newsletter is now out.  You can read it online here:

Read both issues of The Transect here.

If you want a hard copy, please send a request at missouriepscor [at] missouri [dot] edu (subject: The%20Transect%20newsletter) .

Announcing Two Missouri Transect Seed Grant Opportunities

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Missouri EPSCoR is pleased to announce the release of two Requests for Proposals for the Missouri Transect Seed Funding program.  RFPs are in the fields of Data Integration and Ecosystem Modeling.  

Download RFPs and Budget Form:

Data Integration

Ecosystem Modeling

Budget Form
The Intent to Submit Form (Data Integration RFP.pdf and Ecosystem Modeling RFP.pdf, pp. 8-10) is due Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  The Full Proposal and Budget Form are due Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  You must send an Intent to Submit form, along with suggested reviewers, in order for your full proposal to be considered.
Please send all correspondence to: epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

RFP Snapshot:

Program Name
The Missouri Transect Seed Funding
Source of Funds
The Missouri Transect Seed Funding is part of the Missouri NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Research Infrastructure Improvement program The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community (IIA-1355406).
The Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge, and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. The Missouri Transect Seed Funding program supports new research and educational initiatives to leverage new opportunities and emerging areas of research. These funds will be directed primarily to investigators and institutions not currently represented on the Missouri Transect team. High risk/high return projects from early career investigators, educators, and collaborative teams will be given preference for funding.  The Strategic Plan for the Missouri Transect can be found at
Data IntegrationThis RFP seeks to address the questions: What new knowledge can be gleaned by integrating the diverse data sets that are being generated by the scientists involved in the Missouri Transect, and given that opportunity, what are the best approaches to integrate and analyze the data?
Ecosystem Modeling This RFP seeks to address the question: Are there mathematical models that can be developed that describe the ecological system of Tucker Prairie and provide a better understanding of the larger ecosystem of a native prairie?   
Any individual, independent researcher, or educator at any higher education and research institution in Missouri is eligible to apply.
Award Amount and Duration
The total project budget should be a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs over a span of 12 months. A justification of all direct costs is required in the full proposal.  Seed Funds will be available during Year 4 of the Missouri Transect Project, August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018. 
For more information about the Missouri Transect, visit

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 5, 2017


Dear Colleagues:

In the past two decades, advanced cyberinfrastructure has become a critical element of science and engineering research – a result of the increasing scope and accuracy of simulations of natural and engineered systems as well as the growing volume of data generated by instruments, simulations, experiments and observations. The National Science Foundation (NSF) embraces an expansive, ecosystem view of research cyberinfrastructure – spanning advanced computing resources, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development – elements whose design and deployment are motivated by evolving research priorities as well as the dynamics of the scientific process. The critical role of this broad spectrum of shared cyberinfrastructure resources, capabilities and services – and their integration – in enabling science and engineering research has been reaffirmed by the National Strategic Computing Initiative, which was announced in July 2015, and in the National Academies' 2016 report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020. While these efforts are computing-centric, they expose the inherent inseparability of computing from the larger cyber ecosystem. With this DCL, NSF seeks input that provides a holistic view of the future needs for advanced cyberinfrastructure for advancing the Nation's research enterprise.

In 2009, NSF undertook a community-informed analysis of cyberinfrastructure needs that led to the formulation of a vision, a strategy, and a set of programmatic initiatives together comprising the current NSF-wide effort entitled Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21). Since that analysis, many changes have taken place in terms of scientific challenges and opportunities as well as technological progress. To continue to take full advantage of the potential provided by cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research, NSF is beginning to formulate an updated strategy as well as concrete plans for future investments in this area. In this endeavor, NSF will focus on complementing and supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own. In addition, NSF seeks to stimulate innovative use of cyberinfrastructure for research to spur advances not otherwise possible, particularly in emerging areas of science and engineering research. Finally, NSF supports the exploration of approaches to sustainability that address the unique needs of research cyberinfrastructure, including the scientific, technical and human aspects of cyberinfrastructure.

In this Request for Information (RFI), NSF encourages community input to inform the Foundation's strategy and plans for an advanced cyberinfrastructure that will enable the frontiers of science and engineering to continue to advance over the next decade and beyond (NSF CI 2030). This whole-of-NSF activity recognizes that researchers in different disciplines may need different resources; may have differing priorities for access, interoperability, and continuity; and may require external expertise to address the most critical problems in their discipline. We therefore strongly encourage researchers in all fields of science, engineering and education to respond to this Request for Information.


NSF invites both individuals and groups of individuals to provide input on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions, via the following submission website:

The online submission form requires the following information:

  • Author names(s) and affiliation(s).
  • Valid contact email address.
  • Research domain(s), discipline(s)/sub-discipline(s) of the author(s).
  • Title of the response, and an abstract (200 words) summarizing the response.
  • Question 1 (maximum 1200 words) – Research Challenge(s). Describe current or emerging science or engineering research challenge(s), providing context in terms of recent research activities and standing questions in the field.
  • Question 2 (maximum 1200 words) – Cyberinfrastructure Needed to Address the Research Challenge(s). Describe any limitations or absence of existing cyberinfrastructure, and/or specific technical advancements in cyberinfrastructure (e.g. advanced computing, data infrastructure, software infrastructure, applications, networking, cybersecurity), that must be addressed to accomplish the identified research challenge(s).
  • Question 3 (maximum 1200 words, optional) – Other considerations. Any other relevant aspects, such as organization, process, learning and workforce development, access, and sustainability, that need to be addressed; or any other issues that NSF should consider.
  • Checkbox to consent to NSF's use and display of the submitted information, consistent with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License ( NSF anticipates making submissions publically accessible through an NSF CI 2030 website.


Contributions must be made using the submission website on or before 5:00 PM Eastern time on April 5, 2017.

NSF plans to use these contributions over the next year to assist in formulating plans for supporting the NSF community in the exploration, development, and deployment of an advanced cyberinfrastructure for the next decade.

We invite you to step outside of the immediate demands of your current research and to think boldly about the opportunities for advancing your discipline in the next decade. We look forward to your contribution to our plans for the future of advanced cyberinfrastructure for the NSF-supported community.

For questions concerning this effort and submission of input, please contact William Miller, Science Advisor, NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, at the following address: nsfci2030rfi [at] nsf [dot] gov.


James Kurose, Assistant Director
Computer and Information Science and Engineering


Roger Wakimoto, Assistant Director

James L. Olds, Assistant Director
Biological Sciences

F. Fleming Crim, Assistant Director
Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director
Education and Human Resources

Fay Cook, Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Barry W. Johnson, Assistant Director (Acting)

Suzanne C. Iacono, Head
Office of Integrative Activities

Rebecca Lynn Keiser, Head
Office of International Science and Engineering


Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NSF 17-507

Synopsis of Program:

The overarching goal of this program is to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables cutting-edge science and engineering and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking and security. The need for such workforce development programs are highlighted by the (i) National Strategic Computing Initiative announced in 2015 (NSCI), which is co-led by NSF and aims to advance the high-performance computing ecosystem and develop workforce essential for scientific discovery; (ii) 2016 National Academies' report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020; and (iii) Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, which seeks to expand the community of data-empowered experts across all domains.

This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms. A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from and in partnership with the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged. For student training, a key concern is not to increase the time to degree; hence the emphasis shall be on out-of-class, informal training.

Prospective principal investigators (PIs) are encouraged to engage all relevant stakeholders by forging alliances, and forming backbones for collective impact, which is particularly necessary in order to address unresolved bottlenecks (John Kania & Mark Kramer, “Collective Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011). PIs may seek public-private partnerships for relevance, enrichment, pursuit of national and international dimensions, and sustainability. All projects shall include training activities. In the short term, the projects shall result in innovative, scalable, informal training models and pilot activities, complementing and leveraging the state of art in curricular offerings, material, and best practices in academia and elsewhere. In the long term, the projects should contribute to the larger goals of an educational ecosystem enabling “Computational and Data Science for All,” with an understanding of computation as the third pillar (President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee Report, Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness, 2005) and data-driven science as the fourth pillar of the scientific discovery process (2016 National Academies report), in addition to the traditional first and second pillars, respectively, of theory and experimentation. Furthermore, in the long term, projects should contribute toward an ubiquitous educational cloud infrastructure for online, dynamic, personalized lessons and certifications in CI and other multidisciplinary areas (Continuous Collaborative Computational Cloud in Higher Education, Chapter 1, NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure Task Force on Cyberlearning and Workforce Development Report, 2011).

There are three tracks for submissions:

(i) CI Professionals (CIP): aimed at the training and career pathway development of research cyberinfrastructure and professional staff who develop, deploy, manage, and support effective use of advanced CI for research;

(ii) Domain science and engineering (DSE): aimed primarily at the communities of CI Contributors and sophisticated CI Users, and aligned with the research and education priorities of the participating domain directorates; and

(iii) Computational and data science literacy (CDL): aimed at the CI User community at the undergraduate level.

The communities of CI Professionals, Contributors, and Users supported by the above three tracks are defined in Section I - Introduction.

Each CyberTraining award shall range from $300,000 to $500,000 per award and shall be up to 3 years in duration. Based on the community response and needs, the CyberTraining solicitation may be expanded to accommodate larger projects in the future.

Programmatic Areas of Interest

The CyberTraining program includes all divisions within the Directorates of Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), as well as the Divisions of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The appropriate contact for the CyberTraining program in any directorate/division is the Cognizant Program Officer (PO) for the respective directorate/division listed.

All projects must advance cyberinfrastructure training and education goals as described in the full text of this solicitation, in addition to addressing specific domain needs. Not all directorates/divisions are participating at the same level and some have specific research and education priorities as described below. Prospective PIs are strongly encouraged to contact the Cognizant Program Officers in CISE/ACI and in the participating directorate/division(s) relevant to the proposal to ascertain whether the focus and budget of the proposed activities are appropriate for this solicitation. Such consultations should be completed at least one month in advance of the submission deadline. PIs should include the names of the Cognizant Program Officers consulted in their Project Summary as described in Section V(A) - Proposal Preparation Instructions.

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) supports the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators. EHR is interested in engaging the CI and education research communities to use advanced cyberinfrastructure and other approaches to analyze, visualize, and harness data to better understand issues of workforce development in science and engineering. Topics of particular interest include preparation of the workforce in areas of data security and privacy in connection with EHR’s investment in the CyberCorps(R): Scholarships for Service (SFS) and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) programs, as well as the other aspects associated with preparation of the technical workforce for proficiency in using advanced cyberinfrastructure, which is supported by EHR’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. In this context, EHR is interested in supporting: (a) innovations in formal and informal educational settings that lead to the broadest participation by all learners; (b) advances in pedagogical curricular design, and introduction of research and internship opportunities; and (c) assessments of training, learning and program evaluation. Prospective PIs may wish to separately submit proposals to the EHR Core Research (ECR) program, which welcomes proposals seeking to advance basic research on the learning of challenging CI content in formal and informal settings, exploring the evaluation of models for broadening participation such as collective impact, and studying the development of the STEM professional workforce.

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) is interested in training students, postdocs and educators in the areas of reusable, sustainable high-performance computing software tools, models and algorithms; Big Data management and analytics tools to advance research across the domain areas of ENG; fluidic processes and materials; catalysis and biocatalysis; and those supported by the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), Understanding the Brain (UtB), and Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) programs. Proposals are also invited to address training and education needs in advanced multi-scale, multi-physics computational models and simulations for engineering for natural hazards mitigation suitable for community sharing on the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) cyberinfrastructure ( In support of the broader goals of this solicitation, proposals for workshops and summer institutes are encouraged; lectures, problem sessions, and hands-on activities are expected to achieve the intended impact.

The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) is interested in supporting workshops and summer schools focused on training students and postdocs in computational methods on advanced computing architectures. High-performance computing and data analytics methods are to be introduced in the context of specific scientific applications relevant to the MPS communities. Lectures must be accompanied by problem sessions and hands-on activities on the actual machines. Online sharing of workshop materials and recorded presentations on dedicated websites is strongly encouraged.

The Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), and the Divisions of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are not highlighting specific areas in the context of this solicitation. Rather, they welcome proposals that broadly enhance the communities of CI Professionals, Contributors, and Users in consultation with the Cognizant POs.

Investments through this solicitation at the undergraduate and graduate levels complement NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) and graduate education strategic frameworks, respectively. IUSE is NSF's comprehensive, Foundation-wide framework for an integrated vision of the agency's investments in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Similarly, NSF has recently published a Strategic Framework for Investments in Graduate Education (

Prospective PIs contemplating submissions that primarily target communities relevant to those directorates/divisions that are not participating in this solicitation are directed to instead explore the education and workforce development programs of the respective directorates/divisions.

Announcing Missouri Transect Seed Funding for Data Visualization

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Missouri EPSCoR is releasing its second Missouri Transect Seed Funding Request for Proposals (RFP). Click the hyperlinks to download the RFP, Budget Form, and Intent to Submit Form.  The Intent to Submit Form is due Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  The Full Proposal and Budget Form are due Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  You must send an Intent to Submit form in order for your full proposal to be considered.

Please send all correspondence to epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

RFP Snapshot:

Program Name

The Missouri Transect Seed Funding

Source of Funds

The Missouri Transect Seed Funding is part of the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Research Infrastructure Improvement program The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community (IIA-1355406).


The Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge, and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. The Missouri Transect Seed Funding program supports new research and educational initiatives to leverage new opportunities and emerging areas of research in Data Visualization.


Individuals, independent researchers, and educators at accredited academic institutions and research institutions in Missouri are eligible to apply.  Only projects with research and/or education in areas related to the Missouri Transect’s focus on the effects of climate variability on plants and communities are eligible for Seed Funding. The Strategic Plan for the Missouri Transect can be found at

The anticipated Period of Performance is January 3 – December 29, 2017. 

Award Amount and Duration

The total project budget should be a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs over a span of 12 months.


Request for Proposals Announcement, due October 21 to epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

Budget Form (Excel Spreadsheet), due October 21 to epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

Intent to Submit Form, due September 23 to epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships Accepting Applications

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Applications are due Feb. 3, 2016 for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship program, which provides graduate students from across the country the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) research. Fellows will receive a stipend of $38,000, up to a $12,000 tuition allowance, and up to 50,000 node-hours on the petascale Blue Waters supercomputer to support their research.

The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of Blue Waters. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics and computational science applications.

Researchers across the country are using Blue Waters to gain new understanding of how viruses attack our bodies, the formation of galaxies and of severe storms, space weather, sub-atomic physics, and other challenging topics. Blue Waters is designed to handle the most compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and data-intensive challenges in computational science and engineering. Blue Waters features:

  • Nearly 27,000 very high-performance computational nodes including more than 4,000 GPUs
  • More than 1.66 petabytes of memory
  • More than 25 usable petabytes of online disk storage
  • Up to 500 petabytes of nearline tape storage

For complete details of the Blue Waters system, visit

Fellowship applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. by the time of the application deadline. Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic record from undergraduate and graduate work
  • Research plan and its relationship to use of the Blue Waters supercomputer
  • GRE scores
  • Related experience and service
  • Letters of reference

Applications, including all supporting materials except reference letters, must be submitted no later than midnight PST on Feb. 3. Reference letters are due by midnight PST on Feb. 10. Awards will be announced in spring 2016, with the tuition allowance applied to the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative US-Israeli Research Proposals

Monday, November 23, 2015

NSF 16-019

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE/SaTC - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

November 16, 2015


The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between US and Israeli research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby US researchers may receive funding from the NSF and Israeli researchers may receive funding from the BSF

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the US National Science Foundation and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation are pleased to announce a US-Israel collaborative research opportunity. The goal is to help reduce some of the current barriers to working internationally. Through a lead agency model, NSF/CISE and BSF will address these issues by allowing US and Israeli researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process.


As described in detail below, this program is intended to encourage collaborations by US and Israeli researchers focused on foundational research in all areas of cybersecurity that is likely to have impacts on the security and trustworthiness of cyberspace in the long term. NSF will fund the US researchers and BSF will fund the Israeli researchers. Proposals must be respondent to the Small category (up to $500,000 over 3 years for the NSF-funded portion) and the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) perspective specified in the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) solicitation. US researchers should obtain pre-approval from NSF before submission. US and Israeli collaborative researchers must each submit the identical research description to NSF and BSF (respectively), with each budgeting for their own participants, and including a copy of the budget for the counterparts. US participants must include a supplementary document consenting to the release of their NSF proposal and unattributed NSF reviews to BSF. All proposals will be reviewed by NSF; those selected for funding will have separate agreements with NSF (for US researchers) and BSF (for Israeli researchers).

Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/CISE and BSF as set out below:

NSF Solicitation

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) NSF 15-575

BSF Solicitation

Call for Proposals in the BSF-NSF program in Cybersecurity

Any topic within scope for the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) perspective of the NSF SaTC solicitation is within scope for funding through this collaborative research opportunity. Topics of particular interest include cyber-physical systems security, privacy, secure software, and cryptography. Abstracts for projects funded in FY15 may be accessed by going to and entering "NSFSaTC-BSF". Proposals are expected to adhere to the remit, funding limits, and grant durations for the BSF and NSF programs from which the funding is sought and must represent an integrated collaborative effort. This document provides guidelines for the preparation, submission, review, and award of NSF-BSF collaborative proposals.

Proposers are advised that all documents submitted to NSF or BSF may be shared with the other agency in order to implement the two-way agency activities.


NSF proposers must comply with the proposal preparation requirements outlined in NSF's Grant Proposal Guide as well as any programmatic requirements stipulated by the Small proposal competition of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. The proposal must be submitted through NSF's FastLane system ( or ( to the SaTC program.

Both Israeli and US collaborators on a proposing team should follow directions specified by BSF and submit their joint proposal via the BSF system (

  1. Prior to submission, NSF proposers should contact NSFSaTC-BSF [at] nsf [dot] gov to discuss the research focus of the international project.
  2. Proposers should submit a research proposal in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of both agencies. The proposal should include a description of the proposed research program, research team, and the total resources for the joint project (that is, the funds requested from both the NSF and BSF).
  3. The budget forms submitted to each agency should only indicate the amount requested from that agency. NSF proposers should only indicate the US expenses on the NSF budget form. BSF proposers should indicate only the Israeli research expenses on the BSF budget form. A copy of the proposed requested budget of the other agency should be included as part of the full proposal (i.e., copies of the BSF budget should be included as a supplemental document in the NSF submission, while copies of the NSF budget should be included in the BSF submission). The Budget Justification section of the full proposal should address the full US and Israeli project budgets, and these must be clearly differentiated in the proposal. Proposals that request duplicative funding may be returned without review.
  4. In the case of NSF, the following documents must be provided as Supplementary Documents to the full proposal submission:
    • Institutional endorsement: An institutional acknowledgment of the submission must be a signed letter from an authorized institutional representative from the Israeli institution with the following text: "I confirm on behalf of [insert name of Israeli institution] that the US-Israel Collaborative proposal between [insert name of US PI and his/her institution] and [insert name of Israeli PI and his/her institution] is endorsed and has been submitted by [name of Israeli university's research office], and that BSF has acknowledged the proposed collaboration."
    • Funding requested from BSF: A detailed breakdown of funding requested from BSF should be included, typically in the form of a spreadsheet.
    • Consent: Written consent by the PIs that the proposals and unattributed reviews will be shared with the partner agency, BSF. This consent may be in the form of a signed letter from the PI stating, "I confirm on behalf of [insert name of US institution] that proposals and unattributed reviews will be shared with BSF."
    • The list of participants required as a supplemental document by the SaTC solicitation must include both US and Israeli participants. The list of collaborators required as a supplemental document by the SaTC solicitation must include collaborators of both the US and Israeli participants. These lists are used to avoid conflicts of interest in assigning reviewers, so including the collaborators of the Israeli participants is important.
    • A Collaboration Plan (up to two pages) describing the collaboration between US and Israeli investigators is encouraged, and may be submitted as a supplemental document. This plan does not count against the 15-page limit for the basic proposal, as described in the solicitation.
  5. The following guidance pertains to the NSF submission:
    • Israeli PIs should NOT be listed as co-PIs on the NSF cover sheet.
    • Biographical sketches for Israeli PIs should be included as supplementary documents, not along with the biographical sketches for the US participants.
    • Current and pending awards lists are NOT required for Israeli participants.
    • If only one US institution is involved, the NSF standard of including the word "collaboration" in the title should NOT be followed, as that is an indication that more than one US institution is involved.
    • US PIs are limited to not more than three submissions to the SaTC solicitation, of which no more than two may be to the Small, Medium, or Large categories. Submission of a Small proposal pursuant to this Dear Colleague Letter is included in that limit (i.e., if submitting in response to this US-Israel collaborative research opportunity, only one additional Small/Medium/Large may be submitted).
  6. For projects involving human subjects/participants, proposers should consult both NSF and BSF policies.
  7. The full proposal should indicate the proposal is to be considered under the lead agency activities by prefacing the title with "NSFSaTC-BSF:". This prefix should be placed before all other codes as described in the SaTC solicitation. For example, the full title for a submission to NSF under this DCL could be "NSFSaTC-BSF: TWC: Small: Title".
  8. The full proposal should be submitted by the established closing date of submission as determined by the lead agency. For NSF, this is the NSF SaTC Small proposal deadline in November 2015. For BSF, this is the date published on the BSF website and written in the submission instructions for the program.
  9. The number of proposals that may be submitted in response to this DCL is limited by the underlying NSF and BSF programs; there are no additional limits imposed by this international opportunity.


NSF-BSF collaborative proposals will be reviewed alongside all other unsolicited or standard proposals received in the same funding round or call and will not undergo a separate or special review process.

Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with NSF's review criteria; reviewers are asked to evaluate research on both its intellectual merit and broader impacts.


The funding recommendations will be discussed with the partner agency (BSF). The lead agency (NSF) will use its usual internal procedures to determine whether a proposal will be awarded or declined. Funding decisions may be subject to the availability of funds.

All proposers will be advised whether their proposal has been recommended for funding or will be declined. Proposers will receive copies of the reviewers' unattributed comments and, where applicable, a panel summary. Should a proposal be declined for funding, proposers should refer to the respective agency resubmission policies.

Award letters will identify that the award for joint international research is made in collaboration between NSF and BSF.

Because the participating organizations have different funding cycles, it is possible that some projects will have delayed start dates in order to wait until funds become available.


Awardees will be expected to comply with the award conditions and reporting requirements of the agencies from which they receive funding.

Awardees will be required to acknowledge both NSF and BSF in any reports or publications arising from the grant.

Extensions and supplements will be considered by participating agencies using standard procedures. Requests for changes to awards pertaining to changes in scope in research or changes or delays to the research will be discussed with other involved funding agencies before a mutual decision is reached.