NSF BIGDATA program and Brain Initiative

Proposals for the NSF program on Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) are due June 9, 2014.   Proposals involving theorists (ideally in collaboration with more applied researchers) are particularly encouraged this year.  Grants will range from $200,000 to $500,000 over 3-4 years.   Program director Bala Kalyanasundaram (bkalyana@nsf.gov) can answer questions about the program, particularly with respect to TCS work.

As part of its new Brain Initiative, NSF will also be funding Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) for work with the potential to transform our ability to analyze brain function underlying behavioral and cognitive processes.  Interested researchers should submit 2-page summaries of research ideas by May 1, 2014and then may subsequently be invited to submit full proposals.

NSF Exploiting Parallelism & Scalability deadline 2/24

A reminder that the deadline for the NSF Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program is February 24.

Theorists who work on issues related to parallel computing are encouraged to consider applying to XPS program.  See the solicitation, the webinar by Tracy Kimbrel, and the FAQ for more information.

TOMORROW: NSF Exploiting Parallelism & Scalability Webinar

The Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842) aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing.   Theorists who work on issues related to parallel computing are encouraged to consider applying to XPS program.

Tomorrow’s webinar (1:30-2:30pm EST, Friday January 10) will cover the objectives of the XPS program, award types, and submission requirements.  It will conclude with a question and answer session.  Questions about the solicitation can also be submitted in advance to Tracy Kimbrel (tkimbrel@nsf.gov).

Register for webinar at https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?ED=232884922&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D by 11:59pm EST on Thursday January 9, 2014.

The webinar will be archived for later viewing and linked to the XPS  program web page at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842  within a few days.

See http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129984 for more information the webinar.

 

NSF Deadlines

NSF has extended the deadline for CCF Deputy Division Director position applications to January 10.

And here are some upcoming TCS-related NSF grant proposal deadlines:

Cybersecurity Education proposals: December 19.

Algorithmic Foundations small proposals: January 14.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) small proposals: January 14.  

Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability exploratory and full proposals: February 24.

Expeditions in Computing preliminary proposals: March 1

Resumption of NSF Operations

See letter below from Farnam Jahanian about the resumption of operations at NSF.   In addition to the revised deadlines listed in his email, the new deadline for Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is tomorrow, October 25.

From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam

Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:38 AM
To: CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV
Subject: Resumption of Operations at NSF – Update from CISE

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to resume normal operations, and look forward to working with the community in advancing our research and education mission.  NSF is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through January 15, 2014.

In our efforts to resume our normal operations and to meet stringent deadlines on several programs, we are working to establish priorities and create guidance for all activities. It is our priority to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards.

Important information regarding the resumption of operations at NSF is posted on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp.

This site currently includes an important notice issued by Acting NSF Director Cora B. Marrett, a FastLane Advisory, FAQs on revised proposal due dates, and the revised proposal due date listing.

A few important items to note:

  • NSF systems, including FastLane, are up and operational.
  • NSF has revised proposal due dates for funding opportunities with dates between October 1 – 25, 2013. For the complete listing of revised proposal due dates, please visit NSF’s Resumption of Operations website.  Changes to CISE program due dates include:
  • The Smart and Connected Health Exploratory (EXP) proposals for this year are now due November 6, 2013.
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science are due on November 6, 2013.
  • Proposals for Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS: JUNO) Japan-US Network Opportunity: R&D for “Beyond Trillions of Objects” are due November 6, 2013.
  • The Secure and Trustworthy Computing MEDIUM project proposals are now due November 1- 12, 2013.
  • The CISE Core Programs MEDIUM project proposals are due November 1- 12, 2013 for each division (Computing and Communication Foundations, CCF; Computer and Network Systems, CNS; and Information and Intelligent Systems, IIS).
  • Project reports that became overdue during the shutdown should be submitted via Research.gov as soon as possible.
  • All panels that were canceled due to the shutdown will be rescheduled to a later date by the cognizant Program Officer.
  • Continuing Grant Increments (CGIs) that could not be processed during the shutdown are being issued by NSF as early as practicable.

NSF will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.  Please direct questions regarding specific funding opportunities to the cognizant NSF program officer(s) identified in the funding opportunity.  General shutdown questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Thank you for your support as we recover from the funding lapse.  We are fully committed to restoring normal operations as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Farnam

Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900

email: fjahania@nsf.gov

web: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/about.jsp

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Simons Institute Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for academic year 2014-15.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding junior scientists (up to 6 years from PhD by Fall 2014) to spend one or two semesters at the Institute in connection with one or more of its programs.  The programs for 2014-15 are as follows:

* Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory (Fall 2014)
* Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry (Fall 2014)
* Information Theory (Spring 2015)

Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution.

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows2014.  Information about the Institute and the above programs can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu.

Deadline for applications: 15 December, 2013.

CCC Call for Visioning Proposals

[A CCC visioning workshop in 2008 led to the TCS vision nuggets hosted here.  It would be great to have another TCS-oriented visioning workshop, perhaps focused on a particular direction in the field.]

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From the CCC website:

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) solicits proposals for workshops that will create exciting visions and agendas for research at the frontiers of computing.  Successful workshops will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, and mobilize support for those visions from the computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies.  Past examples can be found at www.cra.org/ccc/visioning/visioning-activities.

Workshop organizers will be expected to bring together a group of scientists and practitioners in the area of interest, and to formulate a program that encourages new ideas, innovative thinking, and broad discussion. Workshops can be of varying sizes, typically ranging from 20 to 100 participants.  CCC will help to support both workshop organization and subsequent communication of the results.  The output of a successful workshop will be one or more white papers and reports for the CCC to post on its website. The CCC will work with the workshop organizers to communicate to other stakeholders and funding agencies.

Proposals are encouraged across the full spectrum of theoretical and applied work related to the creation and application of information technologies as well as their use in addressing important scientific or societal challenges.

Proposals with start dates prior to September 2014 should be submitted by 1 December 2013.

Simons Math+X Program

The Simons Foundation’s Math+X program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing substantial operating funds to create new chairs at U.S. universities that join mathematics departments with chosen partner departments through matching grants for endowment.

Number of Awards: The foundation may award up to two Math+X grants per year.

Mathematics and X Departments: The X partner should be a department of science or engineering that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs.

X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unusual collaborations.

Letter of Intent Deadline: September 30

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide 3 years of funding for US citizens and permanent residents pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are at accredited US institutions.    Students can apply as late as the fall term of their second year of graduate school.    The deadline for applications in computer science is November 4; applications in mathematical sciences are due November 5.

NSF Algorithmic Foundations and SaTC solicitations

NSF has released its 2013-14 solicitations for its Core Programs, including the “Algorithmic Foundations (AF)” program, which is the core program focused on theoretical computer science.  Contrary to possible historical reputations, the AF program has had quite reasonable grant sizes and funding rates in recent years, so do consider sending a proposal!  The relevant deadlines are:

- medium proposals ($500k-$1.2m): Oct 15
- large proposals ($1.2m-$3m): Nov 19
- small proposals ($0-$500k): Jan 17.

Note that the small deadline is now in January, rather than December.

The same deadlines also apply for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, which funds a lot of TCS work in cryptography, security, and privacy.   Instead of a “large” category, the SaTC program has “frontier” proposals, which can be as large as $10m.  And it also accepts proposals in “cybersecurity education,” with a deadline of Dec 19.

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