Sponsor:  National Science Foundation

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 15-553
Funding Amount: $500,000-$4,000,000 per year
Duration: up to 5

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Moneesh Upmanyu (MIE)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 04/03/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 06/03/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Each organization may only submit one proposal of each class (Conceptualization, CMRSI implementation, SGSI Implementation).

If interested in submitting, please contact Karen Drew  (-4824) immediately and submit a White Paper according to the NU rules on limited submissions (Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions)  by NO LATER THAN  3 April 2015.​

Funding Areas

The goal of the overall SI2 program is to create a software ecosystem that scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. It is envisioned that the SI2 program will collectively support vibrant partnerships between academia, government laboratories and industry, including international entities, for the development and stewardship of a sustainable software infrastructure that can enhance productivity and accelerate innovation in science and engineering. The SI2 program includes three classes of awards:

  1. Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  2. Scientific Software Integration (SSI):SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.
  3. Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2s are an integral part of the SI2 software ecosystems and focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

This solicitation is focused on the Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2) class of awards. S2I2 includes two subclasses of awards:

–  Conceptualization Awards, which are planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding their software requirements and challenges.

–  Implementation Proposals: Implementation Awards will be made to implement community activities that support software infrastructure. Implementation proposals may only be submitted in the specific topic(s) listed in this solicitation, which define particular areas in which NSF sees a need for an institute as evidenced by prior community activity, for example, an institute conceptualization award, a Research Coordination Network (RCN) award, etc., and has reserved budget resources from the directorates and divisions that would be impacted by such an institute.

The specific institute implementation topics for this solicitation are:

  1. Chemical and Materials Research Software Institute (CMRSI)
  2. Science Gateways Software Institute (SGSI)