Fellowships for Simons Institute program on Cryptography

From Alistair Sinclair (Associate Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing):

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for the research program on Cryptography that will take place in Summer, 2015.  These Fellowships are open to outstanding junior scientists (at most 6 years from PhD by 1 May 2015).

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows-summer2015.  General information about the Institute can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu, and about the Cryptography program at http://simons.berkeley.edu/programs/crypto2015.

Deadline for applications: 30 September, 2014.

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation has issued a call for proposals for their new program Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences.  The aim of the program is to “stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in the broad area of mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.”  An example is the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry.

Grant sizes are up to $2.5m/year for 4 years (which can be extended to 7 years).  Letters of intent are due by October 31.

CATCS Presentation at STOC

Here is the CATCS Report from the STOC 2014 business meeting.  Of particular note are the following upcoming deadlines:

The NSF CRII program is new and was discussed during the NSF presentation at STOC.  This program provides graduate student support for new faculty who have not received grants before. It can help one get a research program started and enable a more competitive submission to the CAREER program in the future.  Contrary to initial announcements, the program is not restricted to US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals.  More information can be obtained form the 7/28 webinar or by contacting the program directors.

 

 

 

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 (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.

Call for Symposia at AAAS 2015 Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is soliciting proposals for symposia for its Annual Meeting from February 12-16, 2015 in San Jose, CA.  Deadline is April 25.

This is a great opportunity to get a research area exposed to a broad audience of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists.   CATCS is available to help with the process; let us know if you’re thinking of submitting a proposal!

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

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 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354640300 for more details, and we (CATCS) are happy to help in finding out more about the position.

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