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Strengthening the Cyberinfrastructure Professionals Ecosystem

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NSF 23-521

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 projects that deepen the integration of cyberinfrastructure professionals’ services into research, while fostering education, training and recognition that address CI workforce development needs.

Supports projects that deepen the integration of cyberinfrastructure professionals’ services into research, while fostering education, training and recognition that address CI workforce development needs.


The overarching goal of this solicitation is to democratize access to NSF’s advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) ecosystem and ensure fair and equitable access to resources, services, and expertise by strengthening how Cyberinfrastructure Professionals (CIP) function in this ecosystem. It aims to achieve this by (1) deepening the integration of CIPs into the research enterprise, and (2) fostering innovative and scalable education, training, and development of instructional materials, to address emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in CIP workforce development. Specifically, this solicitation seeks to nurture, grow and recognize the national CIP[1] workforce that is essential for creating, utilizing and supporting advanced CI to enable and potentially transform fundamental science and engineering (S&E) research and education and contribute to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security. Together, the principal investigators (PIs), technology platforms, tools, and expert CIP workforce supported by this solicitation operate as an interdependent ecosystem wherein S&E research and education thrive. This solicitation will support  NSF’s advanced CI ecosystem with a scalable, agile, diverse, and sustainable network of CIPs that can ensure broad adoption of advanced CI resources and expert services including platforms, tools, methods, software, data, and networks for research communities, to catalyze major research advances, and to enhance researchers' abilities to lead the development of new CI.

The SCIPE program is led by the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and has participation from other NSF directorates/divisions, as described in Section II. Program Description, Programmatic Areas of Interest. Not all directorates/divisions are participating at the same level, and some have specific research and education priorities. The appropriate contact for the SCIPE program in any directorate/division is the Cognizant Program Officer (PO) for the respective directorate/division/office/program listed below.

All projects are expected to clearly articulate how they address essential community needs, will provide resources that will be widely available to and usable by the research community, and will broaden participation from underrepresented groups. Prospective PIs are strongly encouraged to contact the Cognizant Program Officers in CISE/OAC and in the participating directorate/division relevant to the proposal to ascertain whether the focus and budget of their proposed activities are appropriate for this solicitation. Such consultations should be completed at least one month before the submission deadline. PIs should include the names of the Cognizant Program Officers consulted in a Single Copy Document as described in Section V.A. Proposal Preparation Instructions. The intent of the SCIPE program is to encourage collaboration between CI and S&E domain disciplines. (For this purpose, units of CISE other than OAC are considered domain disciplines.) To ensure relevance to community needs and to facilitate adoption, those proposals of interest to one or more domain divisions must include at least one PI/co-PI with expertise relevant to the targeted research discipline. All proposals shall include at least one PI/co-PI with expertise pertinent to OAC.

Prospective PIs contemplating submissions that primarily target communities relevant to directorates/divisions that are not participating in this solicitation are directed to explore instead the education and workforce development programs of the respective directorates/divisions.


[1] 9 CI Professionals refers to the community of individuals who provide a broad spectrum of skills and expertise to the scientific and engineering research enterprise by inventing, developing, deploying and/or supporting research CI and CI users. Examples of CI Professionals include CI system administrators, CI research support staff, CI research software engineers, data curators, and CI facilitators, and may also include computational research scientists and engineers who are not in traditional academic paths. See: Transforming Science Through Cyberinfrastructure: NSF’s Blueprint for Cyberinfrastructure Learning and Workforce Development, https://www.nsf.gov/cise/oac/vision/blueprint-2019/CI-LWD.pdf.

Program contacts

Andrey Kanaev
Program Director, CISE/OAC
akanaev@nsf.gov (703) 292-2841 CISE/OAC
Sharon Geva
Program Director, CISE/OAC
sgeva@nsf.gov (703) 292-7058 CISE/OAC
Thomas Gulbransen
Program Director, CISE/OAC
tgulbran@nsf.gov (703) 292-4211 CISE/OAC
Ashok Srinivasan
Program Director, CISE/OAC
asriniva@nsf.gov (703) 292-2122 CISE/OAC
Juan (Jenny) Li
Program Director, CISE/OAC
jjli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2625 CISE/OAC
Wei Ding
Program Director, CISE/IIS
weiding@nsf.gov (703) 292-8017
Barry W. Johnson
Program Director, TIP/TI
bwjohnso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4965 TIP/TI
Victor P. Piotrowski
Program Director, EDU/DGE
vpiotrow@nsf.gov (703) 292-8670 EDU/DGE
ChunSheng Xin
Program Director, EDU/DGE
cxin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7353 EDU/DGE
Reha M. Uzsoy
Program Director, ENG/CMMI
ruzsoy@nsf.gov (703) 292-2681 ENG/CMMI
Ronald D. Joslin
Program Director, ENG/CBET
rjoslin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7030 ENG/CBET
Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh
Program Director, ENG/CBET
sshojaei@nsf.gov (703) 292-8045 ENG/CBET
Eva E. Zanzerkia
Program Director, GEO/EAR
ezanzerk@nsf.gov (703) 292-4734 GEO/EAR
Bogdan Mihaila
Program Director, MPS/PHY
bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235 MPS/PHY
Nigel A. Sharp
Program Director, MPS/AST
nsharp@nsf.gov (703) 292-4905 MPS/PHY
Daryl W. Hess
Program Director, MPS/DMR
dhess@nsf.gov (703) 292-4942 MPS/DMR
Richard Dawes
Program Director, MPS/CHE
rdawes@nsf.gov (703) 292-7486 MPS/CHE
Joseph M. Whitmeyer
Program Director, SBE/SES
jwhitmey@nsf.gov (703) 292-7808 SBE/SES
May Yuan
Program Director, SBE/BCS
mayuan@nsf.gov (703) 292-2202 SBE/BCS

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