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Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 22-632 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The NSF vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure to be crucial for innovation in science and engineering (see www.nsf.gov/cif21). The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data.

DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.

Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers’ data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. (Throughout this solicitation, ‘community’ refers to a group of researchers interested in solving one or more linked scientific questions, while ‘domains’ and ‘disciplines’ refer to areas of expertise or application.)  The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs, nationally and internationally.


This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards:

  1. Early Implementations are large "at scale" evaluations, building upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extending those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement.
  2. Pilot Demonstrations address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research.

Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest. PIs are encouraged to refer to NSF core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted initiatives on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant area(s) of science and engineering in which their proposals may be responsive. It is strongly recommended that a prospective PI contact a Cognizant Program Officer in the organization(s) closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain whether the the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.

Program contacts

Amy Walton
Program Director, CISE/ACI
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970 CISE/OAC
Robert Chadduck
Program Director, CISE/ACI
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970 CISE/CNS
Anita Nikolich
Program Director, CISE/ACI
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970
Peter H. McCartney
Program Director, BIO/DBI
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470
Sylvia Spengler
Program Director, CISE/IIS
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930 CISE/IIS
John C. Cherniavsky
Senior Advisor, EHR
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-5136
Ronald Joslin
Program Director, ENG/CBET
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-7030 ENG/CBET
Joanne D. Culbertson
Program Director, ENG/CMMI
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-4602
Eva Zanzerkia
Program Director, GEO/EAR
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8556 GEO/EAR
Lin He
Program Director, MPS/CHE
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-4956 MPS/CHE
Daryl W. Hess
Program Director, MPS/DMR
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-4942 MPS/DMR
Bogdan Mihaila
Program Director, MPS/PHY
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235 MPS/PHY
Cheryl L. Eavey
Program Director, SBE/SES
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-7269 SBE/SES
Seta Bogosyan
Program Director, OD/OISE
DIBBsQueries@nsf.gov (703) 292-4766

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