• Internal: 09/04/2018
  • LOI: 11/07/2018
  • Proposal: 01/10/2019


  • Amount: up to $2M
  • Duration: up to 3 years


The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

A university or organization may submit no more than three Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals per competition. There is no limit on Community Infrastructure (CI) proposals per competition.

In each annual competition, an individual may participate in at most two proposals, across all classes, as PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel.

If you are interested submitting, please contact Karen Drew (x 4824) as early as possible, and by September 4, 2018, submit a 2-page pre-proposal following the NU Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

Contact Information

  • Harriet G. Taylor, Lead Program Director, 1175, telephone: (703) 292-8950, email:
  • Tao Li, Program Director, CCF, 1115, telephone: (703) 292-8238, email:
  • Mimi McClure, Associate Program Director, CNS, 1145, telephone: (703) 292-8950, email:
  • Wendy Nilsen, Program Director, IIS, 1125, telephone: (703) 292-2568, email: