OSP FO# 11-020
AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
PROGRAM: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to establish bold new scientific foundations and engineering principles to conceptualize, design, analyze, implement, and certify cyber-physical systems. CPS will require a comprehensive effort from computer scientists, engineers, and physical domain experts to develop new theories, methods, and tools, as well as new hardware and software components, run-time substrates, and systems that will enable innovative systems for grand challenge applications.
All CPS projects should address one or more of the following CPS themes:
(1) Foundations: Foundations research will develop new scientific and engineering principles, theories, algorithms, and models for the design and analysis of cyber-physical systems. CPS theories should lead to new techniques for assessing and exploiting the trade-offs in design alternatives that consider the cyber and physical elements of a system in a unified manner, comprehending both the discrete and continuous perspectives. Comprehensive theories and models for cyber-physical systems should also address human interfaces and cognitive issues.
(2) Methods and Tools: Methods and Tools research will support research advances in Methods and Tools that support multiple views of integrated cyber and physical components. Tools should support concurrent engineering of physical systems (including materials, devices, and components) with sensing, communication, and control architectures. Methods and tools should enable new forms of analysis, testing, and validation of integrated discrete and continuous dynamics at multiple temporal and spatial scales and different levels of resolution. Tools should be open, interoperable, and highly expressive to enhance productivity and enable community use. Tools should also be extensible to leverage new results from the foundations’ research and accommodate new technologies from the Components, Run-time Substrates, and Systems research as they become available.
(3) Components, Run-time Substrates, and Systems: The CPS program will support the development of new hardware and software Components, Run-time Substrates (infrastructure and platforms), and (engineered) Systems motivated by CPS challenge applications. Hardware and software components, middleware, and operating systems for cyber-physical systems should go beyond today’s technology, facilitating the deep integration of computation into physical processes and engineered systems by providing fundamentally new capabilities for CPS or novel cyber-physical interfaces and innovative mechanisms to deal with complexity, timing, distribution, and uncertainty. Cyber-physical systems hardware and software substrates need to be highly dependable, composable, and certifiable at all levels, from components to fully integrated systems. Proposals that address this theme should emphasize tightly integrated networks of cyber and physical resources that cannot be realized with today’s technologies. Potential CPS challenge applications can range in scale from networks of implantable biomedical devices, to teams of robotic resources for emergency response and disaster recovery, to innovations in the monitoring and control of future energy systems.
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An individual may participate as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel in no more than two proposals submitted in response to this solicitation in any annual competition.
DEADLINE: March 21, 2011
FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $30 million to fund between 20–30 awards. Two award size classes will be supported: Medium Projects, ranging from $300,000–$500,000 per year for a duration of three to four years; and Large Projects, up to $1 million per year for up to five years. It is expected that at most one Large Project will be funded.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elmer Smith (email@example.com) 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 11-516 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.