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LINGUIST List 18.2845

Sat Sep 29 2007

FYI: NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation

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        1.    Terry Langendoen, NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation

Message 1: NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation
Date: 28-Sep-2007
From: Terry Langendoen <dlangendnsf.gov>
Subject: NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation
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On September 28, the National Science Foundation announced its newest
multi-disciplinary, multi-year initiative ''Cyber-Enabled Discovery and
Innovation'' (CDI) http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07603/nsf07603.htm. CDI
aims to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made
possible by innovations and advances in ''computational thinking''.
Computational thinking is defined comprehensively as computational
concepts, methods, models, algorithms, and tools. Applied in challenging
science and engineering research and education contexts, computational
thinking promises a profound impact on the Nation's ability to generate and
apply new knowledge. Collectively, CDI research outcomes are expected to
produce paradigm shifts in our understanding of a wide range of science and
engineering phenomena and socio-technical innovations that create new
wealth and enhance the national quality of life.

CDI seeks ambitious, transformative, multidisciplinary research proposals
within or across the following three thematic areas:

* From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and generating new
knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous digital data;
* Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social Systems: deriving
fundamental insights on systems comprising multiple interacting elements; and
* Building Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and innovation by
bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical
and cultural boundaries.

A competitive CDI proposal will:

* Describe an ambitious research and/or education agenda that, through
computational thinking, promises paradigm-shifting advances in more than
one field of science or engineering;
* Provide a compelling rationale for how innovations in, and/or innovative
use of, computational thinking will yield the desired project outcomes; and
* Draw on productive intellectual partnerships that capitalize upon
knowledge and expertise synergies in multiple fields or sub-fields of
science or engineering, and/or in multiple types of organizations,
including academic, for-profit, and not-for-profit entities, both foreign
and domestic.

Projects that make straightforward use of existing computational concepts,
methods, models, algorithms, and tools to significantly advance only one
field of science or engineering should be submitted to an appropriate NSF
program in that field instead of to CDI.

Additional information about CDI, including frequently asked questions will
be posted shortly on the NSF site http://www.nsf.gov/. Examples of
motivating science and/or engineering research and education opportunities
will also be found there. This list is provided for purposes of
illustration only; it is neither exhaustive, nor indicative of preference
regarding research areas. Inquiries can also be made by sending email to
cdinsf.gov or calling (703) 292-8080.

CDI review criteria are fully compliant with the updated NSF review
criteria, which can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/in130/in130.jsp.

Important deadlines:
Letter of intent (required): November 30, 2007
Preproposal: January 8, 2008
Full proposal (by invitation only): April 29, 2008

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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