CRA and CCC announce Computing Innovation Fellows 2020

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) have announced a new CI Fellows program that will offer 2 year postdoctoral opportunities in computing starting Fall’20.

The deadline for application is yet to be announced but will be around mid-June 2020, with decisions being made around mid-July 2020 for positions beginning this fall or winter. We will update this post once a deadline is announced. In the meantime, further details can be found at

Call for Nominations for TALG new Editor-in-Chief

Prof. David Shmoys is chairing the committee to identify a new Editor-in-Chief for ACM Trans. on Algorithms.  The deadline for nominations is Jun 8th. Please see details below.

ACM TALG (webpage: publishes original research of the highest quality dealing with algorithms. It is a peer-reviewed journal, appearing quarterly. Specific areas of computation covered by the journal are listed at

We are looking for a well-established person with a strong record of research achievements and service, and with a vision for the future of the field. The term of appointment is three years, to begin late summer 2020, with the possibility of renewal for a second term. The editor-in-chief is responsible for faithfully executing the editorial charter of the journal yet should be proactive in adapting the journal and its charter to changes in the field. A description of the duties of the EiC and evaluation criteria can be found at

The Search Committee members are:
David Eppstein – University of California, Irvine
Anna Karlin – University of Washington
Chris Hankin – Imperial College London – ACM Publications Board Liaison
Dana Randall – Georgia Institute of Technology
David Shmoys – Cornell University – Committee Chair.

All nominees, including self-nominees, should send a CV and a Vision Statement for TALG (at least one page), with subject header “EiC nomination” to the committee chair – .

The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Upcoming SIGACT Awards 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.

  • Gödel Prize: deadline February 15, 2020.
  • Knuth prize: deadline April 12, 2020. Note that this deadline is a bit later than usual, because the award will be presented at FOCS this year. Next year the deadline will be moved back to February.
  • SIGACT Distinguished Service Award: deadline March 1, 2020.

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.

NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

From NSF program director Jeremy Epstein: The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) program is for research and teaching faculty in the first two years of their appointments.  In 2014-15, the first year of the program, there were 76 awards under this program.

There will be a webinar for potential CRII applicants on Aug 5 1pm-2pm, describing the goals and requirements of the program, and changes for the 2015-16 program.  Register by Aug 4.

Proposal submissions are due on Sept 30.

Highlights from STOC presentation

Since there wasn’t time to go through the full CATCS Report during the STOC business meeting last week, here are a few items of note.

And many upcoming deadlines:

Change in NSF Deadlines

In a Dear Colleagues letter from Jim Kurose, the CISE Directorate at NSF announced its intention to change the deadlines for a number of its programs, including Algorithmic Foundations (AF) and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).  The next deadlines are as follows:

  • Medium proposals: September 16, 2015
  • Large proposals: September 24, 2015
  • Small proposals: November 18, 2015.

[6/7/15: edited to reflect actual deadlines rather than just months]

US-Israel BSF Travel Grants for Young Scientists


BSF is announcing the availability of funds for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. In 2015 the program will have two calls and each will support 10 trips. Grants will be $4,000 each.  The program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise that are not available in their home countries.  The deadline for the 1st call for 2015 is May 14, 2015.

Call for 2016 AAAS Symposium Proposals

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has put out a Call for Symposium Proposals for the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting, February 11-15 in Washington DC, with a proposal deadline of April 24.  

These symposia can be a way to increase awareness and even get popular press coverage of exciting research directions in theoretical computer science. Proposing and organizing a 90 or 180-minute symposium is not much work, but organizers should also work with institutional communications offices to draw attention to the symposium before the meeting (attendance at the symposia has high variance).

They are looking for proposals that either relate to the meeting theme “Global Science Engagement” (involving things such as innovation and international scientific collaboration, food and water security, sustainable development, infectious disease and health, climate change, natural disasters, and energy) or involve “groundbreaking areas of research, new and exciting developments, or cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education.”

If you are thinking of submitting a proposal, we (CATCS) are happy to help and put you in touch with people who can offer advice.

NSF Brain Initiative Opportunities

As part of the Brain Initiative, there is a new NSF program on Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NSF-NCS) that can provide opportunities for some CS theory research.  For “Integrative Foundations” proposals submitted direclty to the NSF-NCS program ($500k-$1m over 2-4 years), letters of intent need to be submitted by tomorrow (December 10).  But it is also possible to submit a “Core+Extensions” project as a supplement (up to $100k) to a proposal to another NSF program (such as the Algorithmic Foundations program, deadline January 14 for small proposals).

Bala Kalyanasundaram ( is a good program officer to contact with questions about submitting proposals related to CS theory.