OSP FO# 11-008

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE)/Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

PROGRAM: Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for projects that integrate science and engineering research and education activities that range from local activities to global-scale efforts, as appropriate, to promote, leverage, and utilize cyberinfrastructure systems, tools, and services.

CI-TEAM awards will:
– Increase the numbers of scientists, engineers, educators, and/or students prepared to design, develop, adopt, and deploy cyber-based tools and environments for computational science and engineering research and learning, both formal and informal. This is to include individuals who are otherwise well prepared in the STEM disciplines.
– Produce curricular and pedagogical materials, learning technologies, and institutional models for preparing the cyberinfrastructure workforce that are broadly adaptable and/or adoptable, and publish related outcomes that inform others of promising educational approaches.
– Increase and broaden the participation of diverse groups of people and organizations as both creators and users of cyberinfrastructure for research and education. Currently underrepresented groups include women, those in underserved rural regions of the country, those who would be the first in their family to graduate from college, and minorities including those associated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and communities.

CI-TEAM program will accept applications under one of the following three types of project proposals, aimed at the preparation of a diverse, cyberinfrastructure-savvy science and engineering workforce.

A) Demonstration Project proposals design, carry out, and test the feasibility and effectiveness of preliminary, exploratory activities aimed at preparing a diverse science and engineering workforce with cyberinfrastructure knowledge and skills. New, multidisciplinary collaborations and partnerships are encouraged, including those with cross-national membership. Demonstration Projects will seed the CI education community with new and creative activities, teams, or tools that promise to serve as exemplars to effective larger-scale implementation and diffusion activities in the future. Demonstration Project design should show promise for future integration with or evolution into an Implementation or Diffusion Project. Demonstration Projects with outcomes that may be transferred across disciplines are also encouraged.

B) Implementation Project proposals expand, complement, or otherwise leverage previously tested and assessed activities with potential for successful application in the CI-TEAM program. Such activities may be proposed in concert with other more exploratory activities. Proposals must make a case for the potential of the proposed activities or strategies based on the results of studies that indicate their potential impact in new conditions and/or the proposed modifications to match the needs of the new audience. Implementation Projects must be implemented over multiple scales or across multiple disciplines to show continued prospects for replicability and scalability to a national level or, if appropriate, at an international level.

C) Diffusion Projects proposals must engage appropriate national and/or international audiences with research-based innovations in teaching and learning that utilize cyberinfrastructure or encourage broadening participation in cyberinfrastructure education and workforce development. Diffusion projects must reach large audiences with strategies that work through workshops and training or widespread campaigns that make materials and resources available. Materials or strategies must be previously tested and assessed and proposals will be evaluated in part on the evidence of effectiveness of the resources to be diffused and the proposed diffusion methods. Proposals should include a plan to document and evaluate the adaptation and customization of proven strategies as they are adopted or implemented by diverse institutions on a national scale. Diffusion projects are meant to translate the results of prior demonstration or implementation projects (or other research) to appropriate groups of practitioners. Diffusion projects are encouraged to make use of cyberlearning or internet diffusion systems, public networks, or other innovative digital modes of communication to reach large audiences.

All CI-TEAM projects consist of collaborations with expertise in multiple disciplines and involve partnerships that support integrated research and learning among diverse organizations including, as appropriate, academic institutions of higher learning, primary and secondary schools, government, industry, professional societies, other not-for-profit organizations, and international partners. Other key features of CI-TEAM projects involve a commitment to: leveraging existing or current development efforts in cyberinfrastructure technologies; open software standards and open educational resources; the integration of research and learning; institutional partnerships; and strategic implementation, management, and project evaluation plans.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An organization may submit two proposals as the lead organization in response to this solicitation. There is no limit to the number of proposals on which an organization may appear as a subawardee or as a non-lead organization.

BU Internal Deadline: February 4, 2011
Application Deadline: March 16, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $5 million to fund 9–12 awards: 6–7 Demonstration Project awards and 3–6 Implementation or Diffusion Project awards. Demonstration Projects, including all subawards and/or collaborative proposals, may request funding up to $250,000 total over a project duration of 1–2 years. Implementation or Diffusion Projects (including all funds for subawards and/or collaborative proposals) may request funding up to $1 million total over a project duration of 2–3 years for Implementation Projects and 3–4 years for Diffusion Projects.

Joan Peckham, Program Director
Office of Cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1145 S
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7344
Fax: (703) 292-9060
Email: jpeckham@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11515/nsf11515.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Friday, February 4, 2011 for internal review purposes:

1.  Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a–d:

(a) describe the vision and goals of the program,
(b) provide a brief description of how the program will help prepare a science and engineering workforce able to exploit, enhance, and promote cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research and education; and how the program will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups and organizations in cyberinfrastructure activities;
(c) list other participating institutions, if applicable;
(d) address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).

2. Budget and budget justification (two pages).

3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and any Co-PIs.

4. Review comments from any previous CI-TEAM submission.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact Alex Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or Elmer Smith (esmith2@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-515 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.