OSP FO# 12-121
AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Graduate Education (DGE)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)/Office of International Science and Engineering (ISE)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.
The Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21)Track recognizes the need to educate and support a next generation of researchers able to address fundamental challenges in 1) core techniques and technologies for advancing big data science and engineering; 2) analyzing and dealing with challenging computational and data enabled science and engineering (CDS&E) problems, and 3) researching, providing, and using the cyberinfrastructure that makes cutting-edge CDS&E research possible in any and all disciplines.
Of particular interest for the CIF21 Track are focused interdisciplinary efforts that involve the following:
- Partnerships between computational, mathematical and statistical, and computer and information sciences on the one hand and the science and engineering domains on the other, that drive interdisciplinary research in cyberinfrastructure (software, data and visualization, networks, advanced computational infrastructure, etc.);
- Foundational and applied research in a variety of tools essential for advanced scientific discovery and engineering innovation in collaboration with domain sciences. Such tools could include computational models and the underlying mathematical and statistical theory and methodology; parallel programming languages; novel algorithmic techniques; real-time visualization; scalable data mining; effective utilization and optimization of computing, storage, and communications resources;
- Research and development of novel end-to-end science-driven scenarios that integrate and leverage major cyberinfrastructure investments including high-end supercomputers, cloud environments, real-time and remote visualization, provisionable networks, distributed data archives and software frameworks;
- Integration of educational and training opportunities with major cyberinfrastructure investments;
- Synergies in cyberinfrastructure and CDS&E research with ongoing and emerging activities in CIF21;
- Significant impact on new curricula and career possibilities for cyberinfrastructure and/or CDS&E;
- Research, education and outreach activities that are expected to have a significant impact in developing an increasingly diverse STEM workforce that is inclusive of women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions are allowed to submit at most one proposal in response to this IGERT-CIF21 track solicitation, which can be in addition to one regular IGERT proposal submitted in response to NSF 11-533.
Any given individual may participate as a PI or co-PI in only one IGERT proposal submission (either the regular IGERT in response to NSF 11-533 or this solicitation, the IGERT-CIF21 track). However, a PI or co-PI on one IGERT proposal may serve as a faculty participant on the other. The PI must be on the faculty of the submitting institution.
IGERT awards may be renewed only once. If more than half of the leaders of the proposed IGERT-CIF21 (including the PI and co-PIs) and/or more than half of the faculty participants in the proposed IGERT have participated in a prior IGERT award, then this proposal will be considered a renewal.
BU Internal Deadline: May 18, 2012
Letter of Intent: June 4, 2012
Full Proposal: August 6, 2012
FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $6 million to fund approximately 2 standard or continuing grants, with up to $3.3 million per award over 5 years pending availability of funds. This includes the $200K Competitive Innovation Incentive Fund per award for Trainees for research and innovation activities. Additional funds up, to $200K per award, may be available to support integrated international research activities.
Melur K. Ramasubramanian
Program Director, IGERT, DGE
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 875
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8696
Fax: (703) 292-9048
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential 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, May 18, 2012 for internal review purposes:
1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a–f:
(a) describe the vision, goals, and broader impacts of the proposed IGERT CIF21 project;
(b) provide a description of the major interdisciplinary research efforts and how these efforts form the thematic basis for the interdisciplinary project;
(c) outline the graduate education and training mechanisms that are central to the project and how they are to be integrated with the research and across the disciplines;
(d) describe plans for the organization and management of the IGERT project;
(e) outline plans for recruitment, retention and mentoring of US graduate students;
(f) address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Investigators planning to submit a renewal IGERT proposal must include an additional page demonstrating the significant achievements of the first award and must address the expected added value that will result from the renewal.
3. Budget and budget justification (2 pages).
4. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for the PI and any Co-PIs.
5. Review comments and experience of named faculty participants with any related graduate traineeship project, including IGERT projects, during the past 5 years.
Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to Executive 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 A. B. Effgen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or India Adams (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 Research Administrator 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 12-555 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website 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 website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.