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Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Grant

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Science Foundation (NSF)


    The overarching goal of this program is to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables cutting-edge science and engineering and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security.

    The purpose of this program is develop innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms. A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by:
    • Increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and
    • Harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups.

    Proposals from and in partnership with the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged. For student training, a key concern is not to increase the time to degree; hence the emphasis shall be on out-of-class, informal training.

    There are three tracks for submissions:
    1. CI Professionals (CIP): aimed at the training and career pathway development of research cyberinfrastructure and professional staff who develop, deploy, manage, and support effective use of advanced CI for research;
    2. Domain science and engineering (DSE): aimed primarily at the communities of CI Contributors and sophisticated CI Users, and aligned with the research and education priorities of the participating domain directorates; and
    3. Computational and data science literacy (CDL): aimed at the CI User community at the undergraduate level.

    History of Funding

    Additional Information

    The CyberTraining program includes all divisions within the Directorates of Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), as well as the Divisions of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The appropriate contact for the CyberTraining program in any directorate/division is the Cognizant Program Officer (PO) for the respective directorate/division listed.

    All projects must advance cyberinfrastructure training and education goals as described in the full text of the program guidance, in addition to addressing specific domain needs. Not all directorates/divisions are participating at the same level and some have specific research and education priorities. Prospective PIs are strongly encouraged to contact the Cognizant Program Officers in CISE/ACI 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 program. Such consultations should be completed at least one month in advance of the submission deadline.

    The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) supports the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators. 

    The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) is interested in training students, postdocs and educators in the areas of reusable, sustainable high-performance computing software tools, models and algorithms; Big Data management and analytics tools to advance research across the domain areas of ENG; fluidic processes and materials; catalysis and biocatalysis; and those supported by the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), Understanding the Brain (UtB), and Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) programs.

    The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) is interested in supporting workshops and summer schools focused on training students and postdocs in computational methods on advanced computing architectures.

    The Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), and the Divisions of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Computing and Communication Foundation (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are not highlighting specific areas in the context of this solicitation. Rather, they welcome proposals that broadly enhance the communities of CI Professionals, Contributors, and Users in consultation with the Cognizant POs.


    Sushil Prasad

    Sushil Prasad
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington', VA 22230
    (703) 292-5059

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are:
    • Universities and Colleges;
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations;
    • For-profit organizations;
    • State and Local Governments; and
    • Unaffiliated Individuals.

    Deadline Details

    Full proposals were to be submitted by January 18, 2017 or October 9, 2017. However, the CyberTraining solicitation is currently being revised so the October 9th deadline is no longer active. Please watch the CyberTraining website for updates as to when the next soliciation will be released.

    Award Details

    Approximately $4,500,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for 10 to 15 awards. Awards will range between $300,000 and $500,000 each. Awards will last up to 3 years. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • NSF Funding for Campus Cyberinfrastructure in Higher Education - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding High Performance Computing in Support of University Research – Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Getting A Virtualization Project Funded - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available


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