OSP FO# 11-131

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)/Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)/Division of Chemistry (CHE)/Division of Materials Research (DMR)/Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)/Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)

PROGRAM: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to create a software ecosystem that scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. The goal of this program is to catalyze and nurture the multidisciplinary processes required to support the entire software lifecycle, and result in the development of sustainable community software elements at all levels of the software stack. The program addresses all aspects of cyberinfrastructure, from embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and computing systems, to major instruments and facilities.

The SI2 program will accept three classes of proposals:

1. Scientific Software Elements (SSE) – SSE projects target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated need, encapsulating innovation in science and engineering.
2. Scientific Software Integration (SSI) – SSI projects target larger groups of PIs organized around common research problems as well as common software infrastructure, and will result in a sustainable community software framework.
3. Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2) – S2I2 projects will focus on the establishment of long-term community-wide hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

This solicitation is focused on SSE and SSI awards only. It is anticipated that S2I2 awards will be competed in a separate future solicitation.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An individual may participate as Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator or other Senior Personnel in at most one full proposal.

DEADLINE: July 18, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $30 million to fund 40-50 standard or continuing grants in FY2012. The number of SSE and SSI awards 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. SSE awards are expected to total up to $500,000 for 3 years, and SSI awards are expected to total $1 million per year for 3-5 years.

It is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact a program officer from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain that the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.

Manish Parashar
Office of Cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA. 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4766
Email:  SI2Queries@nsf.gov  
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11539/nsf11539.htm  

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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@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 web site 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 11-539 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.