Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 13-528, replaces NSF 11-511
Funding Amount: 2 to 3 3-year awards, totaling $30M in FY13. The computational resource awards will be capped at $12,000,000 each and the data resource award at $6,000,000. With this solicitation, the NSF encourages the community to think broadly and not simply rely on older concepts focused on delivering compute cycles.
Duration: 3 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity



NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 02/15/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 04/15/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

NU may submit only one proposal but may be a sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation.

Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested. The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through sub-awards administered by the submitting organization.

This opportunity is still open. If you are planning to submit please call Horst Wittmann (-3836) immediately and let him know of your interest.

Funding Areas

The NSF’s vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI), which is part of its Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today’s scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering. Previous solicitations have concentrated on enabling petascale capability through the deployment and support of a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. With this solicitation, NSF intends to continue the model to broaden the CI capabilities above the campus level. The current solicitation requests innovative proposal of two types:

–          The first is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure

–          The second type is devoted to the increasing pressure on the existing infrastructure to store and process very large amounts of data coming from simulation and from experimental resources such as telescopes, genome data banks or sensors.

Competitive proposals should address one or more of the following:

–          Complement existing XD capabilities with new types of computational resources attuned to less traditional computational science communities;

–           Incorporate innovative and reliable services within the HPC environment to deal with complex and dynamic workflows that contribute significantly to the advancement of science and are difficult to achieve within XD;

–           Facilitate transition from local to national environments via the use of virtual machines;

–           Introduce highly useable and cost efficient cloud computing capabilities into XD to meet national scale requirements for new modes of computationally intensive scientific research;

–           Expand the range of data intensive and/or computationally-challenging science and engineering applications that can be tackled with current XD resources;

–           Provide reliable approaches to scientific communities needing a high-throughput capability:

–           Provide a useful interactive environment for users needing to develop and debug codes using hundreds of cores or for scientific workflows/gateways requiring highly responsive computation;

–           Deal effectively with scientific applications needing a few hundred to a few thousand cores;

–            Efficiently provide a high degree of stability and usability by January, 2015

Please see the full announcement in the URL for a detailed description of what NSF expects