University of Southern California

Research

NSF-18-547: Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

Slots:                                                    2

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A

External Deadline:                          June 4, 2018

Award Information:                        Type:  Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 12

Anticipated Amount: Total funding for the CICI program is $10,000,000 to $12,000,000, subject to the availability of funds. Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years. Research Data Protection awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years. A single Collaborative Security Response Center award will be supported at up to $5,000,000 for up to three years.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                                   https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18547/nsf18547.htm

Who May Serve as PI:                    There are no restrictions or limits.

Purpose:

Science is increasingly being conducted by distributed international collaborations and virtual organizations using shared cyberinfrastructure resources. Given the challenges with deploying and operating cyberinfrastructure at a large scale, security and resilience for the environment are both paramount. The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions.

Funded activities under CICI should identify opportunities for community and student engagement as well as cybersecurity education and training. Proposals that demonstrate opportunities to engage undergraduate or graduate students directly in the deployment, operation, and advancement of the CICI-funded activities are welcome.

CICI comprises three Program Areas outlined below:

A proposal in this area must demonstrate that the proposed architecture responds to the needs of the science and engineering communities and serve to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. Proposers must document explicit partnerships or collaborations with one or more domain scientists, research groups, or information technology (IT) support organizations. Partnership documentation from personnel not included in the proposal as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel should be in the form of a letter of collaboration located in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

Proposals should demonstrate the team’s understanding of the threats to open science and research cyberinfrastructure. The focus should be less on the development of new tools or the purchase of vendor solutions than on the means by which open source, widely deployed community tools and techniques such as existing honeypots, Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) systems, the Bro Intrusion Detection System, and Real Time Black Hole Routing can be leveraged at scale and across entities. Collaborations with industry are encouraged in order to facilitate novel approaches. Solutions should be easily leveraged by the community at the conclusion of the grant.

Proposers should first apply the Open Science Risk Profile (OSRP) (see link: https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/goodbye?http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8055662/) to assess the threat and risk to the environment and then interpret the security and compliance requirements that must be applied.

All proposals in this area must document explicit partnerships or collaborations with one or more domain scientists, research groups, or IT support organizations. Partnership documentation from personnel not included in the proposal as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel should be in the form of a letter of collaboration located in the Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

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