CCRI-VO: A Clearinghouse for Infrastructures to Facilitate Computing Research
December 3, 2021
The CISE Community Research Infrastructure Virtual Organization: A Clearinghouse for Infrastructures to Facilitate Computing Research
The CISE Community Research Infrastructures – or CCRI program – funds the creation and enhancement of infrastructures supporting the pursuit of focused research agendas across a variety of domains in computer and information science and engineering. These world-class infrastructures take many forms, from networking testbeds to emulation platforms to highly curated training datasets.
The U.S. National Science Foundation recently launched the Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure program supporting more expansive infrastructure projects requiring substantial facilities, equipment, hardware and software, and human capital. These investments expand the number and diversity of research infrastructure available to the CISE community, posing a potential challenge for researchers: how do I find an infrastructure that could enhance my future research?
To benefit the community further, the CCRI program launched the CCRI Virtual Organization (CCRI-VO). This project collects and consolidates information about the myriad research infrastructures supported by CCRI, and organizes that information on a central website established to help researchers identify and connect to infrastructures that can enable and facilitate future research efforts. On this site, a researcher can browse through profiles of different CCRI-funded efforts to see the resources that support specific CISE communities, or search the profiles by research area or other parameters to find the one most relevant to that individual’s interests. Each profile contains a description of that infrastructure and information on gaining access to that resource.
Planned enhancements to the site include a reference list of computing research conducted using that infrastructure, and a library of key reports on computing research infrastructures and their benefits to the CISE community. The site will also list other research infrastructures related to CISE such as mid-scale research infrastructure projects associated with CISE to provide a comprehensive view. The project aims to raise awareness of the range and capabilities of the infrastructures available to CISE investigators, to avoid potential duplication of effort in the development of new infrastructures, and to assist researchers in leveraging these resources in proposed projects.
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.