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Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes  (CRISP)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Richard  J. Fragaszy rfragasz@nsf.gov (703)292-7011   
Bruce  Hamilton bhamilto@nsf.gov (703) 292-7066   
David  J. Mendonca mendonca@nsf.gov (703) 292-7081   
Robert  E. O'Connor roconnor@nsf.gov (703) 292-7263   
Rajiv  Ramnath rramnath@nsf.gov (703) 292-4776   
Gurdip  Singh gsingh@nsf.gov (703) 292-8061   
Wenda  Bauchspies wbauchsp@nsf.gov (703)292 5026   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  16-618

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


SYNOPSIS

Critical infrastructures are the mainstay of our nation's economy, security and health. These infrastructures are interdependent. They are linked to individual preferences and community needs. For example, the electrical power system depends on the delivery of fuels to power generating stations through transportation services, the production of those fuels depends in turn on the use of electrical power, and those fuels are needed by the transportation services. Social networks, interactions, and policies can enable or hinder the successful creation of resilient complex adaptive systems.

The goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; (3) create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and (4) improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver existing goods and services. These goals lead to the following specific objectives for this solicitation:

  • To create new knowledge, approaches, and solutions to increase resilience, performance, and readiness in ICIs. The solutions may emerge primarily from advances in cyber (computing, information, computational, sensing and communication), engineering, or societal (behavioral, economic, organizational) elements of ICIs, although proposals must integrate research across all three elements.    

  • To create theoretical frameworks and multidisciplinary models of ICIs, processes and services, capable of analytical prediction of complex behaviors, in response to system and policy changes.
  • To develop frameworks to understand interdependencies created by the interactions between the physical, the cyber (computing, information, computational, sensing and communication), and social, behavioral and economic elements of ICIs. These could include, but are not limited to, software frameworks for modeling and simulation using advanced cyber infrastructures, management, monitoring and real-time control of interdependent ICIs and novel software engineering methodologies.
  • To study socioeconomic, political, legal and psychological obstacles to improving ICIs and identifying strategies for overcoming those obstacles.
  • To undertake the creation, curation or use of publicly accessible data on infrastructure systems and processes, whether in the context of explanation, prediction or modeling.

The CRISP solicitation seeks to fund projects likely to produce new knowledge that can contribute to making ICI services more effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure, taking into account the human systems in which they are embedded. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. To meet the interdisciplinary criterion, proposals must broadly integrate across engineering, computer, information and computational science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Proposals that do not meet this criterion will be returned without review. Projects supported under this solicitation may undertake the collection of new data or use existing curated data depending on the category of award, and must recognize that a primary objective is integrative, predictive modeling that can use the data to validate the models and that can be integrated into decision making.

See Section X, Appendix for frequently asked questions (FAQs).



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