The Future of NSF Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
Authors: Dr. William Miller (National Science Foundation)
Abstract: The National Science Foundation's vision and investment plans for cyberinfrastructure address the growing needs of the science and engineering research community. Program Directors from the NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure will discuss new funding opportunities across the spectrum of computing, software, data infrastructure, networking, cybersecurity, and learning and workforce development. Presentations will also cover new interdisciplinary opportunities associated with NSF domain science and priority areas, such as the National Strategic Computing Initiative, Understanding the Brain, and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS). Ample time will be provided for audience questions and engagement with NSF staff.
Long Description: Recent community inquiries, initiatives, and reports have expressed strong interest in understanding NSF’s vision and plans for future cyberinfrastructure. This BoF is will provide an update on NSF's broad strategy for cyberinfrastructure that addresses growing needs across science and engineering research domains. Presentations will include funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation’s CISE Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure across the spectrum of advanced computing, software, data infrastructure, networking, cybersecurity, and learning and workforce development. Also to be discussed are new interdisciplinary opportunities associated with NSF domain science and NSF priority areas such as the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI); Understanding the Brain (UtB); Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS); and other opportunities. Another important objective is to provide a forum for the research community to engage directly with ACI Program Directors with questions about programs and priorities, proposal ideas, and suggestions and concerns. NSF OCI (the previous organization that became ACI in 2013) conducted a dedicated session on its programs at SC12 that was well attended; and programs and priorities have evolved substantially at NSF since then. The proposed BoF also builds on the SC15 multi-agency BoF session on funding programs that was also well attended. Anticipated outcomes include a better-informed research community, and submission of innovative, potentially transformative proposals to NSF.
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