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UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF- CISE (Computer and Information Science and Engineering) Research Infrastructure (CRI) (NSF 17-581) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

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.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an institution or organization exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first three II proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Infrastructures that have received prior CI-EN or legacy (e.g., CI-ADDO-EN) awards may only submit proposals to the CI-SUSTAIN track. Resources that receive a CI-SUSTAIN award are not eligible for any future funding from the CRI program. The resource must either be transitioned to long-term community sustainment or seek other sources of funding at the end of the CI-SUSTAIN funding.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

Program Synopsis

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.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NSF_CRI_2017_pdf

1. Cover page (Limit 1 page): Include the following information:

  1. Proposal title in the form: CRI Preliminary: [II-New II-EN CI-P CI-New CI-EN, or CI-SUSTAIN]: [Project Title]
  2. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
  3. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborator(s)

2. Project Description (2-page limit). Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see url above) including;

  1. A concise description of the infrastructure to be developed, enhanced, or sustained.
  2. The CISE Research Focus. This section describes the research focus that is enabled by the infrastructure, the importance of the research problems to advancing CISE research frontiers, and the expertise of the research team relative to the focused research thrust. The description should identify the project team and detail each member’s contributions to the project as well as specific expertise relative to the proposed focused research agenda.
  3. Sample research project. A short (2-3 sentences) summary of one potential research project should be included.
  4. The nature of the community involvement (required for CI-P, CI-New, CI-EN, or CI-SUSTAIN projects). This section demonstrates the community involvement in the creation, enhancement, evaluation, and use of the resource.
  5. The relevance to CISE. This section should include:
    • A list of specific CISE researchers who are involved in the leadership of the project and in the development, enhancement, or sustainment of the infrastructure;
    • A list of the CISE researchers communities that will benefit from the infrastructure; and
    • A list of any prior CISE funding the infrastructure has received. Enhancement projects should also include the approximate date when the infrastructure involved was established.

3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Friday, September 29th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

NSF’s due dates

Preliminary Proposal Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): November 02, 2017

If selected for Full Proposal submission, Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): January 11, 2018

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