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Solicitation for proposals/cyberinfrastructure for sustained scientific Innovation – Data and Software

January 19, 2018

DEADLINE April 18: Solicitation for proposals / cyberinfrastructure for sustained scientific innovation – Data and Software

NSF has issued a solicitation for proposals for a Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program that encompasses the long-running Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) programs.

OPP’s contact for the solicitation is Marc Stieglitz, / (703) 292-2461

The CSSI umbrella program anticipates four classes of awards:

1. Elements (either Data Elements or Software Elements): These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust capabilities for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.

2. Framework Implementations (either Data Frameworks or Software Frameworks): These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework serving a diverse community or communities.

3. Planning Grants for Community Cyberinfrastructure (either Community Data Cyberinfrastructure Planning Grants or Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Planning Grants): Planning awards focus on the establishment of long-term capabilities in cyberinfrastructure, which would serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

4. Community Cyberinfrastructure Implementations (either Community Data Cyberinfrastructure Implementations or Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations): These Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in cyberinfrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

This CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards.

NSF anticipates future solicitations that address items 3 and 4 above, namely, Planning Grants for Community Cyberinfrastructure and Community Cyberinfrastructure Implementations.

Read the full solicitation here:

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