SIGACT Award deadlines

From the SIGACT executive committee:

The deadlines to submit nominations for the Gödel Prize, Knuth Prize, and SIGACT Distinguished Service Award are coming soon. Calls for nominations for all three awards can be found at the links below. Note that March 1 is now the permanent deadline for SIGACT Distinguished Service Award nominations, this year and in future years.

  • Gödel Prize: deadline February 15, 2019
  • Knuth Prize: deadline February 15, 2019
  • SIGACT Distinguished Service Award: deadline March 1, every year (including 2019)
    Those who intend to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Service Award are strongly encouraged to inform the Selection Committee Chair at least two weeks in advance.

CATCS mailing list and sign-up link

CATCS is starting up a new mailing list to send out annual newsletters. Messages will be sent out 1-2 times every year describing recent projects undertaken by the committee, funding opportunities, links to useful resources, etc. Anyone interested in hearing about our activities is welcome to sign up at this link. You do not have to be a member of SIGACT to sign up.

NSF Program Director openings in Algorithmic Foundations

One of the best ways to serve the US-based TCS community is to take up a position at the NSF. Beginning as early as 2019, NSF/CCF is seeking at least one program director for the Algorithmic Foundations core program. This is a rotator position, which is generally two or three years in duration. Please consider applying!

Besides service to the community, there are many other benefits from serving:

  • It’s an opportunity to meet a lot of people in one’s own field and others, and to become more well-known in research communities. Some institutions place value on the experience. Many rotators are able to use it to enhance career options.
  • A rotator can typically spend 20% (NSF-paid) time on research, including visits back to the home institution. The impact on research and advising may be considerable, but does not have to be a complete hiatus.
  • There is a wealth of opportunities for cultural and educational experiences for families who relocate to the area for a few years, which some find to offset the very considerable impacts associated with such a move.

The official posting for AF won’t appear until later, but postings for similar positions can be found here: For further information, please reach out to Tracy Kimbrel ( or Shuchi Chawla (

New NSF Core Program: Foundations of Emerging Technologies

NSF has announced the creation of a new core program within CCF, called Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET). The FET core program joins the existing three core programs within CCF: Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software Hardware Foundations (SHF).

FET aims to enable radical innovations across all areas traditionally supported by CCF, including the theory, algorithms, software, hardware, and architecture of computing and communication systems, through research at the intersection of computing and biological systems, nanoscale science and engineering, quantum information science, and other nascent, yet promising, areas. Of note to theorists, research in quantum computing and computational biology, formerly considered across these three core programs, is now addressed by the FET program.

FET is accepting proposals through the CCF Core Programs solicitation NSF 18-568 this fall.

For further information, see:
Program page: here.
Solicitation page: here.