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Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)

The Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation program has demonstrated the value of interdisciplinary computational and data-enabled science and engineering. Increasingly, this research approach is being integrated into new and continuing NSF programs and solicitations. As of fiscal year 2012, proposals will no longer be accepted by the CDI program. Investigators are referred to related NSF funding opportunities, which are listed on this web page ( Please check for updates on this page as new opportunities are announced, and follow the links for program information and program officer contacts.

“Themes and Keywords” PDF Form
The PDF form to be used to supply the required themes and keywords relevant to the CDI proposals submitted for the January 19th and 20th, 2011 deadline will be available in the “Templates & Keywords” page by December 1, 2010 – see menu at the left of this page.


The CDI solicitation can be found at With an emphasis on bold multidisciplinary activities that, through computational thinking, promise radical, paradigm-changing research findings, CDI is unique within NSF. CDI projects are expected to build upon productive intellectual partnerships involving investigators from academe, industry and/or other types of organizations, including international entities.

CDI Themes
CDI seeks ambitious, transformative, multidisciplinary research proposals within or across the following three thematic areas:

  • From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and generating new knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous digital data;
  • Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social Systems: deriving fundamental insights on systems comprising multiple interacting elements; and
  • Building Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and innovation by bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical and cultural boundaries.
bullet The Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) initiative has been designed to yield revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking.
bullet All NSF directorates and programmatic offices are participating.

Cognizant Program Officers Telephone Email
Eduardo Misawa (703)292 8080
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Thomas Russell (703)292 8080
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Kenneth Whang (703)292 8080