OSP FO# 13-006

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)

PROGRAM: High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Building a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

OBJECTIVES: The NSF’s vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI), which is part of its Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today’s scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering. Previous solicitations have concentrated on enabling petascale capability through the deployment and support of a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. In the past decade the NSF has provided the open science and engineering community with a number of state-of-the art HPC assets ranging from loosely coupled clusters, to large scale instruments with many thousands of computing cores communicating via fast interconnects, and more recently with diverse heterogeneous architectures. Recent developments in computational science have begun to focus on complex, dynamic and diverse workflows. Some of these involve applications that are extremely data intensive and may not be dominated by floating point operation speed. While a number of the earlier acquisitions have addressed a subset of these issues, the current solicitation emphasizes this even further.

Currently the NSF operates, through Blue Waters and the eXtreme Digital (XD) program, a two-tiered comprehensive distributed Cyberinfrastructure (CI), and one of the largest and most powerful in the world. Through these and related projects the open science and engineering community is currently capable of tackling many of the most challenging scientific problems across multiple science and engineering domains. Both of these tiers are explicitly designed to address needs beyond the campus level. With this solicitation, NSF intends to continue this model to broaden the CI capabilities above the campus level. The resources funded under this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of the XD tier of national shared resources.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An organization may submit only one proposal but may be a sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation.

Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested. The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through sub-awards administered by the submitting organization.

BU Internal Deadline: March 1, 2013
Full Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: A total of up to $30 million in FY 2013, subject to availability of funds, is available to fund up to three awards. The computational resource awards will be capped at $12,000,000 each and the data resource award at $6,000,000.

Please see the program announcement below for further funding information.

Barry I. Schneider, Program Director
Office of Cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7383
Fax: (703) 292-9060
Email: bschneid@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13528/nsf13528.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a preliminary proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Friday, March 1, 2013 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a and b:
a)  briefly describe the project vision, goals, and work to be undertaken;
b)  address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification and matriculation plan (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs 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 (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@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 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 13-528 and NSF GPG 13-1) 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 ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.