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Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 24-509 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.

Supports collaborative research to develop methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction computational and communication systems and applications.

Synopsis

The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as principled approaches based on mathematics and logic to system modeling, specification, design, analysis, verification, and synthesis. The second group consists of researchers in the “field,” which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is defined as any area within computer and information science and engineering that currently does not benefit from having established communities already developing and applying formal methods in their research. All proposals must make a strong case for why formal methods is appropriate for the field area, and why it is one that does not currently benefit from formal methods.

The FMitF program solicits two classes of proposals:

  • Track I: Research proposals: Each proposal must have at least one Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI with expertise in formal methods and at least one with expertise in the field area. Proposals are expected to address fundamental contributions to both formal methods and the respective field(s) and should include a proof of concept in the field along with a detailed evaluation plan that discusses intended scope of applicability, trade-offs, and limitations. Track I proposals must contain a detailed collaboration plan that clearly highlights and justifies the complementary expertise of the PIs/co-PIs in the designated areas and describes the mechanisms for continuous bi-directional interaction. Projects are limited to $750,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years.
  • Track II: Transition to Practice (TTP) proposals: The objective of this track is to support the ongoing development of extensible and robust formal-methods research prototypes/tools to facilitate usability and accessibility to a larger and more diverse community of users. These proposals are expected to support the development, implementation, and deployment of later-stage successful formal methods research and tools into operational environments in order to bridge the gap between research and practice. A TTP proposal must include a project plan that addresses major tasks and system development milestones as well as an evaluation plan for the working system. Proposals are expected to identify a target user community or organization that will serve as an early adopter of the technology. Collaborations with industry are strongly encouraged. Projects are limited to $100,000 in total budget, with durations of up to 18 months.

The Project Description can be up to 15 pages for Track I proposals, and up to 7 pages for the Track II proposals.

 

Program contacts

Pavithra Prabhakar
Program Director, CISE/CCF
pprabhak@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Alhussein A. Abouzeid
Program Director, CISE/CNS
aabouzei@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Anindya Banerjee
Program Director, CISE/CCF
abanerje@nsf.gov (703) 292-7885 CISE/CCF
Daniel R. Cosley
Program Director, CISE/IIS
dcosley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8832 CISE/IIS
Damian Dechev
Program Director, CISE/CCF
ddechev@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Wei Ding
Program Director, CISE/IIS
weiding@nsf.gov (703) 292-8017
Jason O. Hallstrom
Program Director, CISE/CNS
jhallstr@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Daniela Oliveira
Program Director, CISE/CNS
doliveir@nsf.gov (703) 292-4352 CISE/CNS

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