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LINGUIST List 21.1762

Sun Apr 11 2010

FYI: NSF Funding Opportunity: Software Infrastructure

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        1.    Eric Potsdam, NSF Funding Opportunity: Software Infrastructure

Message 1: NSF Funding Opportunity: Software Infrastructure
Date: 09-Apr-2010
From: Eric Potsdam <epotsdamnsf.gov>
Subject: NSF Funding Opportunity: Software Infrastructure
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Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2)

Computation is accepted as the third pillar supporting innovation and
discovery in science and engineering and is central to NSF's future vision
of Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering
(CF21)[1]. Software is an integral part of the computation paradigm and a
primary modality for realizing the CF21 vision. Scientific discovery and
innovation are advancing fundamentally new pathways opened by development
of increasingly sophisticated software. Software is also directly
responsible for increased scientific productivity and significant
enhancement of researchers' capabilities. In order to nurture, accelerate
and sustain this critical mode of scientific progress, NSF is establishing
a new program, Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2), with
the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education
into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the

SI2 is a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking,
paradigms, and practices in using software to understand natural, human,
and engineered systems. SI2's intent is to foster a pervasive
cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented
scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation,
data, networking and experiments in novel ways. It is NSF's expectation
that SI2 investment will result in robust, reliable, usable and sustainable
software infrastructure that is critical to the CF21 vision and will
transform science and engineering.

It is expected that SI2 will generate and nurture the multidisciplinary
processes required to support the entire software lifecycle and will result
in the development of sustainable software communities. SI2 envisions
vibrant partnerships among academia, government laboratories and industry
for the development and stewardship of a sustainable software
infrastructure that can enhance productivity and accelerate innovation in
science and engineering. The goal of the SI2 program is to create a
software ecosystem that includes all levels of the software stack and
scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs
of software excellence. The program addresses all aspects of CI, from
embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and
computing systems, to major instruments and facilities.

The SI2 program envisions three classes of awards:

1. Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that
will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a
demonstrated need, encapsulating innovation in science and engineering. The
effort targeted by a SSE award is up to a level roughly comparable to:
summer support for two investigators with complementary expertise; two
graduate students; and their collective research needs (e.g. materials,
supplies, travel) for three years.

2. Scientific Software Integration (SSI): SSI awards target larger groups
of PIs organized around common research problems as well as common software
infrastructure, and will result in a sustainable community software
framework. The effort targeted by a SSI award is up to a level roughly
comparable to: summer support for three to four investigators with
complementary expertise; three to four graduate students; one or two senior
personnel (including post-doctoral researchers, software developers, and
staff); and their collective research needs (e.g., materials, supplies,
travel) for three to five years. The integrative contributions of the SSI
team should clearly be greater than the sum of the contributions of each
individual member of the team.

3. Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2 awards will focus
on the establishment of long-term community-wide hubs of software
excellence. These hubs will provide expertise, processes, resources and
implementation mechanism to transform computational science and engineering
innovations and community software into robust and sustained tools for
enabling science and engineering. S2I2 proposals will bring together
multidisciplinary teams of domains scientists and engineers, computer
scientists and software engineers, technologists and educators.

The FY 2010 SI2 competition will be limited to SSE and SSI awards. The
solicitation in FY 2011, and in subsequent years, will outline funding
opportunities for all three classes of awards (SSE, SSI and S2I2), subject
to availability of funds.

Announcement (10-551) is available at

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics

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