Program Director opportunity at NSF

NSF has an opening for a Program Director with expertise in Algorithms.  It is a 2-3 year IPA (or “rotator”) position.

Serving as a program director is a very important contribution to the research community, and it can be quite interesting and rewarding.

To find out more about the position, contact a member of CATCS or the CCF Division Director, Rao Kosaraju.

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 ( 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 ( 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 (

Register for webinar at 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  within a few days.

See 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

Deadline for NSF CCF Deputy Division Director position

NSF is searching for a new Deputy Division Director for Computer & Communications Foundations.  The deadline to apply is in just a few days: December 6. 

See for more details, and we (CATCS) are happy to help in finding out more about the position.

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
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:

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 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

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



Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900




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 appointment of Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director

See message below from Farnam Jahanian (head of CISE at NSF).  Thanks in advance to Rao Kosaraju for taking on this very important position, and to Susanne Hambrusch for all she has done as CCF Division Director!


From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:27 PM
Subject: Appointment of Dr. Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director at NSF

Dear CISE Community,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professsor Rao Kosaraju to the position of Director of the CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), effective January 2014.

Prof. Kosaraju will be joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he is currently the Edward J. Schaefer Professor of Computer Science. He has been on the JHU faculty since 1969, where he has served in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, including as Department Chair for Computer Science. Prof. Kosaraju has made significant contributions to the design and analysis of parallel and sequential algorithms. His current research interests span a wide range of topics, from efficient pattern-matching algorithms to computational biology and immune system theory. A prolific scholar, he is a widely recognized leader in the computer science community.  His research has been supported by NSF, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Prof. Kosaraju holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a B. Eng. from Andhra University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been an editor for a number of journals, including the SIAM Journal on Computing. He is known for his enthusiasm for service and excellence in computing education, for which he has received numerous awards. He has served on Advisory Committees and External Review Boards for a variety of universities. From 1985-1991, he served on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Computer and Computation Research (now the CISE Advisory Committee), which he chaired from 1989-1991. We are confidant that he will successfully represent the diverse spectrum of research areas covered in CCF and that he will significantly contribute to CISE’s mission in advancing the frontiers of computing, communications and information science and engineering.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Susanne Hambrusch for her many contributions to CISE and the computing community. She served as DD from 2010 to 2013, leading CCF in its mission to support research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communications devices and their usage. In addition to her stewardship of the CCF core programs, Susanne successfully led the development of several crosscutting programs and initiatives at NSF including CyberSEES, the interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science, eXploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS), and the US-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science. Furthermore, during her tenure at NSF, she worked tirelessly to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships for students pursuing CISE disciplines. She returns to Purdue University at the end of August 2013.  Susanne has been an invaluable member of the CISE leadership team. NSF greatly appreciates Susanne’s many contributions and her efforts on behalf of the CISE community.

On behalf of the CISE Directorate, I would like to thank the external search committee members ( for their excellent work in identifying an extraordinary pool of candidates for this important position. Their service was invaluable in helping NSF identify the right candidate for this job.

I enthusiastically welcome Prof. Kosaraju to the CISE Directorate, and look forward to working with him to advance the frontiers of knowledge in computing and communication foundations. Together, we will ensure that the CISE community continues to lead in the discovery and innovation required to meet our most pressing societal challenges.

Best regards,

Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

U.S. Citizens with PhDs in theoretical computer science (or other fields) who have an interest in policy and/or public service should consider applying for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.  These provide opportunities to serve for up to 3 years working with Congress or a federal agency on science-related policymaking.  In particular, there are opportunities within the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE).

Applications are due by November 1. 

We also encourage people from the TCS community to think about proposing a session on an exciting area of research at a future AAAS Meeting.  Such a session typically would involve 3-4 speakers giving talks aimed at a general audience, and are a great way to increase the public awareness and visibility of the field.  The sessions for the February 2014 meeting are already decided, but eventually there should be an open call for proposals for the 2015 meeting.


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