Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Funder: National Science Foundation

Due Date: February 14, 2018

Budget: $3,500,000

Opportunity: 18-516

The overarching goals of this program are to (i) prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce
for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables potentially transformative
fundamental science and engineering research and contributes to the Nation’s overall economic competiveness and
security; (ii) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the fundamental science and engineering
research community to enable new modes of discovery; and (iii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate
advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data science and engineering into the Nation’s
educational curriculum/instructional material fabric spanning undergraduate and graduate courses. For the purpose of
this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, and services for advanced
computation, data handling, networking, and security that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental
This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training and education programs to address the emerging
needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the
postsecondary level to active researchers. The resultant training and education programs, spanning targeted,
multidisciplinary communities, will lead to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for
advanced CI-enabled research in the short and long terms. As part of this investment, this solicitation seeks to
broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced
CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplinesand institutions
with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse
underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially
Prospective principal investigators (PIs) are strongly encouraged to engage all relevant stakeholders, to the extent
possible within the budget, by forging alliances and forming backbones for collective impact; this is particularly
necessary in order to inform forward-looking curriculum/instructional material development for the Nation’s science
and engineering workforce. At a minimum, each project shall have a board of expert advisors or a network of
funded/unfunded collaborators representative of stakeholder communities to periodically scrutinize and help refine
the curriculum/instructional material and project methods, and to inform professional associations and nongovernmental
organizations responsible for curriculum, accreditation, and professional examination.
The CyberTraining 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 several directorates and
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 CyberTraining program in any directorate/division is the Cognizant Program Officer
(PO) for the respective directorate/division/office/program listed.
All projects must advance CI training and education goals for CI-enabled fundamental research as described in the
full text of this solicitation, in addition to addressing specific domain needs. Prospective PIs are strongly
encouraged to contact the Cognizant Program Officers in CISE/OAC and in the participating directorate/division(s)
relevant to the proposal to ascertain whether the focus and budget of the proposed activities are appropriate for this
solicitation. Such consultations should be completed at least one month in advance of the submission deadline. PIs
should include the names of the Cognizant Program Officers consulted in their Project Summaries as described in
Section V.A – Proposal Preparation Instructions. The intent of the CyberTraining program is to stimulate co-funding
between OAC and one or more domain directorates/divisions. (For this purpose, divisions of CISE other than OAC
are considered “domain divisions.”) 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 relevant to OAC.
Prospective PIs contemplating submissions that primarily target communities relevant to those directorates/divisions
that are not participating in this solicitation are directed to instead explore the education and workforce development
programs of the respective directorates/divisions

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