CCC Call for Visioning Workshop Proposals

[A CCC visioning workshop in 2008 led to the TCS vision nuggets hosted here.  Other CCC visioning workshops help generate new funding programs at NSF and other agencies.  It would be great to have another TCS-oriented visioning workshop, perhaps focused on a particular direction in the field.]

Excerpts from the call for proposals and the CCC website:

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) invites proposals for visioning workshops that will catalyze and enable innovative research at the frontiers of computing.  Successful activities will articulate new research visions, galvanize community interest in those visions, mobilize support for those visions from the computing research community, government leaders, and funding agencies, and encourage broader segments of society to participate in computing research and education.  Past examples can be found a

Workshop organizers are 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.  It is important that the participants cover a broad spectrum to ensure full coverage of the area, both in terms of content area representation and employment (academia, industry, research labs, and policy and funding organizations).

The length of the project description should be commensurate with the scope of the proposed activities, but not longer than six (6) pages. *Note that we seek workshops that create visions for broad research agendas, not proposals whose primary purpose is to secure future funding for the participants.

Workshops are expected to have a tangible output – for example, a whitepaper (or set thereof) or a workshop report. Workshop outcomes should be targeted to multiple audiences (the research community, science policy groups or funding agencies, the general public), and the deliverables should be tailored for easy dissemination.  CCC will help to support both workshop organization and the subsequent generation and communication of the output.

For CCC planning purposes, proposals with start dates prior to September 2015 should be submitted by December 1, 2014.
If you have questions, please e-mail us or plan to tune into our webinar on October 2 at 1pm ET.  Please register for the webinar here by 12:00am September 30.

US-Israel BSF joint program with NSF

Information from Dr. Yair Rotstein, executive director of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation:


Dear Colleague:

The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) is pleased to announce the second round of its joint funding program in Computer Sciences with the US National Science Foundation.

The framework of the program is as follows:

  1. The BSF will carry its own regular competition in Computer Sciences (submission deadline is Nov. 13, 2014).
  1. The NSF will publish a new solicitation later this year, which will be open only for those US PIs who applied to the 2014 competition of the BSF. NSF awards in this competition will be for travel of the US PIs and their groups to the institutions of their Israeli partners.

NSF solicitation for the previous round can be found using the link:

  1. The NSF will not carry a full independent evaluation of the proposal it receives in this program, but rather rely on the data collected by the BSF. NSF staff will attend BSF panel meetings as observers.
  1. This program is unrelated to a new NSF-BSF joint funding program in Cyber Security and Privacy, which is expected to be announced later this summer.

We hope to see you among the applicants to this program.


Dr. Yair Rotstein
Executive Director
U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation
8 Hamarpeh St.
P.O.B. 45086
Jerusalem, 91450
Tel: 972-2-5828239 ext. 105
Cellular: 972-52-6020454
Fax: 972-2-5828306





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  General information about the Institute can be found at, and about the Cryptography program at

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 ( 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 ( 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.



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