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Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering  (CDS&E)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Christina  Payne cpayne@nsf.gov (703) 292-2895  CBET  
David  Rabson darabson@nsf.gov (703) 292-2563  DMR  
Vyacheslav (Slava)  Lukin vlukin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7382  PHY  
Bogdan  Mihaila bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235  PHY  
Nigel  A. Sharp nsharp@nsf.gov (703) 292-4905  AST  
Richard  Dawes rdawes@nsf.gov (703) 292-7486  CHE  
Daryl  W. Hess dhess@nsf.gov (703) 292-4942  DMR  
Malgorzata  Peszynska mpeszyns@nsf.gov (703) 292-2811  DMS  
Andrew  D. Pollington adpollin@nsf.gov (703) 292-4878  DMS  
Yong  Zeng yzeng@nsf.gov (703) 292-7902  DMS  
Ronald  Joslin rjoslin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7030  CBET  
Joanne  D. Culbertson jculbert@nsf.gov (703) 292-4602  CMMI  
Mohammod  Ali moali@nsf.gov (703) 292-4632  ECCS  
Eduardo  A. Misawa emisawa@nsf.gov (703) 292-5353  EEC  
Tevfik  Kosar tkosar@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970  OAC  
Marc  Stieglitz mstiegli@nsf.gov (703) 292-4354  GEO/OPP  
David  Rockcliffe drockcli@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123  BIO/MCB  


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Apply to PD 20-8084 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window

    September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

        All proposals to Division of Chemistry - Chemical Catalysis, Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A, Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B, Chemical Synthesis, Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods

    October 1, 2020 - November 2, 2020

    October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

        All proposals to the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

    October 1, 2020 - November 16, 2020

        All proposals to the Division of Astronomical Sciences - Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation

    October 1, 2020 - November 16, 2020

        All proposals to the Division of Astronomical Sciences - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants

    October 1, 2020 - November 2, 2020

    October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter

        All proposals to the Directorate for Engineering's Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

    October 1, 2020 - November 2, 2020

        All proposals to Division of Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging, Chemistry of Life Processes, Environmental Chemical Sciences, and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry

    October 15, 2020

    October 15, Annually Thereafter

        All proposals to Division of Materials Research

Proposals submitted to a division in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences are to be submitted to one of the participating Related Programs listed below.  Proposals submitted to a division in the Directorate for Engineering or the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure should be submitted directly to the CDS&E program.  All listings will appear as a Fastlane or Grants.gov option. 

The due date for any proposal is the due date for submission to that program in that division; direct access to those Program Descriptions are available through the URL listed below.  Proposals that are submitted to a specific division outside the proposal window or target date for the program in that Division may be returned as non-compliant.


SYNOPSIS

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates.  The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs. 

The CDS&E program welcomes proposals in any area of research supported through the participating divisions that address at least one of the following criteria:

·         Promote the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories and tools that are essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation and the explosion and production of digital experimental and observational data.

·         Promote and encourage integrated research projects that create, develop and apply novel computational, mathematical and statistical methods, algorithms, software, data curation, analysis, visualization and mining tools to address major, heretofore intractable questions in core science and engineering disciplines, including large-scale simulations and analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data.

·         Encourage adventurous ideas that generate new paradigms and that create and apply novel techniques, generating and utilizing digital data in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, observational, and theoretical tools for scientific discovery and application.

·         Encourage ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks, computing capability, measurements and physical systems that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progression of individual activities, including development of science-driven algorithms to address pivotal problems in science and engineering and efficient methods to access, mine, and utilize large data sets.

The CDS&E program is not intended to replace existing programs that make awards that involve computation and the analysis of large data sets. Rather, proposals submitted to the CDS&E program must have a significant component of cyber development or cyber science that goes well beyond what would normally be included in these programs. PIs should ask for consideration and review as a CDS&E proposal only if the proposal addresses at least one of these additional cyber components. Any proposal submitted to the CDS&E program that does not satisfy at least one of the additional criteria listed above will be reviewed within the context of the individual program. A proposal that is requesting consideration within the context of CDS&E should begin the title with the identifying acronym "CDS&E:"

Supplement requests to existing awards within a program that address one of the points above will also be considered. 

Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences: The CDS&E program in MPS explicitly addresses the distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and the core science disciplines of astronomy, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and materials research.  Proposals are expected to be relevant to mathematical and physical sciences. 

Astronomy (AST): CDS&E encompasses those areas of inquiry where significant progress is critically dependent upon the application of new computational hardware, software, or algorithms, or upon the use of massive data sets. CDS&E encompasses fundamentally new approaches to large-scale simulation and to the analysis of large and heterogeneous collections of data, as well as research into the nature of algorithms and techniques that can be both enabled by data and enable more data-intensive research.

Chemistry (CHE): CDS&E encourages innovative approaches for new paradigms in algorithms, software design, and data techniques that impact chemistry research. Potential areas of focus include computational and data tool development for modeling, simulation, data processing and analysis, and data-driven chemical discovery. Successful submissions will produce new approaches to gaining fundamental chemical knowledge and understanding.

Materials Research (DMR): CDS&E includes projects that involve: the creative use of computation or high performance computing, particularly in conjunction with data-centric methods and data from simulation or experiment to advance fundamental challenging problems of materials research including the discovery or design of materials and materials systems with desired properties, the discovery or control of materials-related phenomena, or new states of matter; the creation, development, and application of computational and data-centric tools across fundamental materials research to advance fundamental understanding; the creation and application of novel techniques that utilize digital data from experiment, simulation, or both in innovative ways to complement or dramatically enhance traditional computational, experimental, and theoretical methods to discover new materials, new materials-related phenomena, or advance fundamental understanding of materials. Broader impacts may include a focus on infusing computation and data-centric approaches and the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure of the materials research community into education in materials and materials-related disciplines.

Mathematical Sciences (DMS): CDS&E includes the creation, development, and application of the next generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing the challenges presented to the scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion and production of digital and observational data on the other.

Physics (PHY): CDS&E includes ideas at the interface between scientific frameworks and computing capability that enable advances well beyond the expected natural progress of either activity.  This includes the development of innovative computational approaches to science-driven algorithms, numerical models, and methods to access and mine large data sets to address pivotal problems in Physics.  Physics CDS&E proposals may address science topics and goals within the scope of the domains supported by the Division of Physics.  CDS&E proposals for PHY consideration should be submitted directly to the Division-wide solicitation: Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  (PHY).  Potential PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Director(s) for the PHY domain program of interest prior to proposal submission.  The due date for any proposal for PHY consideration is the due date for submission to the relevant PHY program.

Directorate for Engineering: The CDS&E program in engineering recognizes the importance of engineering in CDS&E and vice-versa. Many natural and built engineering processes, devices and/or systems require high fidelity simulations over disparate scales that can be interrogated, analyzed, modeled, optimized or controlled, and even integrated with experiments or physical facilities. This program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of research challenges presented to the science and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and experimental and/or observational data on the other.  The goal of the program is to promote the creation, development, and utilization of the next generation of theories, algorithms, methods, tools, and cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering applications.

Successful research supported by CDS&E in engineering will encompass all engineering and related disciplines that are potentially transformative and multidisciplinary and that address computational and/or data challenges.  Proposals submitted to this program should draw on productive intellectual partnerships that synergistically capitalize upon knowledge and expertise in multiple fields or sub-fields in science or engineering and/or in multiple types of organizations.  Proposals submitted to this program announcement should address the relevance of the proposed project to engineering.

Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport (CBET): CDS&E in CBET includes the use of high performance and emerging computational tools and environments – beyond that supported by core programs – in advancing mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis to describe and analyze with greater fidelity, complexity and scale, engineering processes in chemical, biochemical and biotechnology systems, bioengineering and living systems, sustainable energy and environmental systems, and transport and thermal-fluids systems. Some topics of special interest:  1) Advanced modeling and analysis for water resources, earth systems, built environments, sustainable manufacturing, energy systems, food systems, and regional, national and/or global material flows, 2) Innovative modeling methodologies for turbulent flows and for flows of complex fluids and suspensions, 3) Developing advanced modeling capabilities for thermal fluids and combustion, 4) Extending validated molecular and/or macro-molecular models to the prediction of applications-level engineering problems, 5) Developing modeling strategies to simulate protein folding and native state protein-protein interactions, to estimate rates of fundamental biomolecular reactions, and to analyze multi-level regulatory metabolic structures containing spatio-temporal variability, and 6) Molecular and multiscale modeling, model-predictive control and optimization of complex chemical processes, including core supporting technologies of catalysis, reaction engineering, separations, and electrochemistry

Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI): CMMI seeks to advance the future of manufacturing, the design of innovative materials and building technologies, infrastructure resilience and sustainability and tools and systems for decision-making, robotics and controls.  The Division seeks CDS&E proposals that provide enabling tools to catalyze new knowledge and enhance research productivity in areas supported by CMMI.  Proposals will be expected to demonstrate how they would promote major fundamental research advances through new computational and data analysis approaches.  Researchers should submit proposals under the CDS&E guidelines and designate a CMMI core program as the secondary program.  Proposals will be expected to demonstrate how they would advance new knowledge in the appropriate core program and, potentially, more broadly.  Program websites may provide additional guidance on priority areas for new computational and data tools.

Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS): CDS&E in ECCS includes the development of innovative computational algorithms and the application of high performance and emerging computational tools for high-fidelity modeling and simulations of electronic, photonic and electromagnetic devices, components and systems in order to advance the frontiers in electronics, communications and sensing.

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC):  CDS&E in OAC addresses research in cyberinfrastructure itself with the clear potential to impact multiple research disciplines through the development of the paradigms, algorithms and processes needed to provide general CDS&E solutions as part of comprehensive, integrated, sustainable and secure cyberinfrastructure.

 

Due Dates

DirectorateDivision and ProgramSubmission Window or Target Date
ENG Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems September 01, 2020 - September 15, 2020
ENG Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation September 01, 2020 - September 15, 2020
MPS Division of Mathematical Sciences September 01, 2020 - September 15, 2020
MPS Division of Chemistry - Chemical Catalysis (CAT), Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A), Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B), Chemical Synthesis (SYN), Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC) September 01, 2020 - September 30, 2020
MPS Division of Materials Research October 15, 2020
MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences - Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation November 16, 2020
CISE Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure October 01, 2020 - November 02, 2020
ENG Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems October 01, 2020 - November 02, 2020
MPS Division of Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI), Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP), Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS), and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) October 01, 2020 - November 02, 2020
MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants September 15, 2020 - November 16, 2020
MPS Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects Due Date for the relevant PHY program


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