Discovering change through Smart & Connected Communities November 01, 2016

The Quilt, Internet2 and U.S. Ignite hosted a webinar on the NSF Smart & Connected Communities Program Solicitation 16-610 on Monday, Oct. 31.

As cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world enter a new era of change, they are increasingly connected by smart technologies, which lead to new opportunities for innovation, improved services and enhanced quality of life.

The goal of this Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation is to support interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve the understanding of smart and connected communities leading to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning.

The exciting aspect of this solicitation is that it crosses the multidisciplinary programs within the NSF by leveraging the opportunities between Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Geosciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences all to support, foster, and accelerate fundamental research and education that addresses challenges in enabling Smart and Connected Communities.

It also aligns with the National Smart Cities Initiative and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on Technology and the Future of Cities.

Successful proposals will reflect integrative, multidisciplinary research, tangible research capacity-building, and meaningful community engagement, the nature of which will vary by the proposal category.

The number of awards in each category will depend on the overall mix of proposals and the degree to which they meet the solicitation goals as well as Merit Review Criteria and Solicitation Specific Review Criteria.

The estimated number and type of Awards is approximately 18 to 29 Standard Grants or Continuing Grants with the funding amount anticipated at $18.5 million (subject to the quality of proposals received and availability of funds).

This is the direct link to Monday’s webinar.

FAQs for NSF 16-610, S&CC are available here.


KINBER Announces New Officers, Directors and KINBERCON 2017 Dates October 14, 2016

At its annual board meeting, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) announced its board officers, new board directors and plans for KINBERCON 2017, the organization’s annual conference.

“Through the leadership of strong officers and directors, KINBER is poised to continue its record growth and collaborative role as a trusted technology resource and partner in Pennsylvania,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER president and CEO. KINBER experienced a 24 percent increase in connected organizations during the past fiscal year, with 83 organizations connected to KINBER’s statewide high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN.

Read the entire press release here.

NSF awards $110 million to bring advanced cyberinfrastructure to nations scientists, engineers August 23, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $110 million award to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand activities undertaken through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

A virtual organization that has become the cornerstone of the nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, XSEDE, which received initial NSF funding in 2011, accelerates open scientific discovery and broadens participation in advanced computing by lowering the barriers for researchers, engineers and scholars to use and access computing resources. Under the new five-year award, called XSEDE 2.0, the organization will maintain existing services to its large user community and add innovative elements in response to ever-evolving user demands and supporting technologies.

“XSEDE 2.0 will continue to expand access to NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure resources and services available to the science and engineering community across the nation,” said Irene Qualters, director for the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) at NSF. “The nation’s discovery and innovation enterprise requires a dynamic and highly interoperable ecosystem that can anticipate and respond to new instruments, new computing capabilities, new research communities and new expertise. XSEDE 2.0 is a critical human component in NSF’s advanced computing infrastructure strategy, seeking to enable the broad and deep use of computational and data-intensive research to advance knowledge in all fields of study.”

The project aligns with the objectives of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) — a whole-of-government effort that fosters a coordinated federal strategy in high-performance computing (HPC) research and deployment. NSF serves as one of the initiative’s three lead agencies.

XSEDE 2.0 supports NSCI’s goals. These include holistically expanding the capabilities and capacity of a robust and enduring national HPC ecosystem and contributing the educational and workforce development necessary to prepare current and future researchers and technical experts.

Read the full press release here.