NSF-USDA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water – not yet announced for 2018

Date Due: 03/06/17

Amount: $2,500,000

Summary: The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed to attain the following goals:

  • Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  • Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  • Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  • Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

The INFEWS call has 3 tracks (the 4th track from last year has been cancelled) (see the RFP for additional information):

  1. FEW System Modeling
  2. Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus, and
  3. Research to Enable Innovative Solutions

Keywords: food, energy, water, cyber

Limitations: An individual PI, co-PI, senior personnel or consultant cannot be on more than two proposals, cannot be on more than one proposal per track, can be a lead PI on only one proposal.

Solicitation Number: NSF 17-530

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17530/nsf17530.htm  

NSF – Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

Date Due: 10/10/17 (MEDIUM); 10/20/17 (FRONTIER), 11/15/17 (SMALL), 12/13/17 (CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION)

Amount: up to $500,000 for up to 3 years (SMALL), $500,001 to $1.2M for up to 4 years (MEDIUM), $5M TO $10M for up to 5 years (FRONTIER)

Summary: The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity R&D: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice.

Keywords: cyber, education, resilience

Limitations: Number of proposals per PI or co-PI: 5 (see RFP for details)

Solicitation number: 17-576

~Amount is up to $500,000, small; $500,001 to $1,200,000, medium; $1,200,000 to $3,000,000, large

~10/10/17 (MEDIUM); 10/20/17 (FRONTIER), 11/15/17 (SMALL), 12/13/17 (CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION)

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17576/nsf17576.htm

NSF – Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

Date Due: Open

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The overall goal of the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program is to foster the development of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new means of leveraging existing CI resources to catalyze emerging areas of potentially transformative science and engineering research, including NSF priority areas, national strategic initiatives, and international collaborative research.

A key programmatic objective of CESER is to support early-stage efforts by collaborative teams of domain scientists and cyberinfrastructure developers/implementers to identify and address cyberinfrastructure needs in new research areas through the development and deployment of pilot, experimental, and innovative hardware or software systems or other unique cyberinfrastructure activities that enable new pathways to discovery.

Another program objective is to encourage holistic, systematic, and multidisciplinary CI approaches to address new opportunities to enable science and engineering research. Projects that integrate multiple cyberinfrastructure disciplines – such as computing, data infrastructure, software, workflow systems, and networking – to address an emerging scientific challenge are particularly welcomed.

CESER will also support projects that aim to expand the spectrum of research disciplines that, and users who, engage and contribute to a dynamic and enduring national research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

Activities proposed to this program should not be appropriate for funding by any other current programs/solicitations, and should be able to demonstrate the potential to evolve into innovative, scalable, highly useful and usable cyberinfrastructure. Eligible projects and unique activities should address a clearly identified and described scientific rationale, explain and support the potential for transformative impacts on science or engineering research, research training, education or broader impacts, and provide a convincing explanation of why the project is not suitable for other NSF programs or solicitations.

Keywords: engineering, innovation, interdisciplinary, cyber

Notes: Before developing a proposal intended for this program, investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with the cognizant program officer associated with the CESER program to ensure that CESER is the appropriate venue for the proposal.

Solicitation: PD 17-7684

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