University of Southern California


NSF 14-554- International Research Network Connections (IRNC)

Slots:                                                    Two                                      
Nomination per School:               Two      
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        NA
Internal Deadline:                           May 16, 2014
External Deadline:                          July 07, 2014
Award Information:                        Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 11; the estimated number of awards is 8-11. Because of the nature and geographic extent of the efforts involved, interested parties are encouraged to form consortia of organizations that can work together to provide the needed services. Consortia may consist of any number of U.S. and foreign, profit and not-for-profit entities. All awards resulting from responses to this solicitation will be made to U.S. organizations as cooperative agreements, standard or continuing grants. IRNC:Backbone awards will be for a maximum of five years. All other awards will be of three to five-year duration.

Anticipated Amount: $25,000,000; the anticipated funding amount is $25,000,000 total for this solicitation, pending availability of funds. Number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds; however NSF expects to make approximately 2-3 IRNC:Backbone awards, each at up to $1.2M/year for a maximum of 5 years, and a total of 6 to 8 awards for other award areas funded at a level of $250K to $1M per year over 3-5 years, depending on the program area.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
CV – (4 pages maximum)

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The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community.  NSF expects to make a set of awards to: (1) link U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world and leverage existing international network connectivity; (2) support U.S. infrastructure and innovation of open network exchange points; (3) drive innovation and state-of-the-art capabilities for Research and Education (R&E) Network Operation Centers (NOC); (4) stimulate the development, application and use of advanced network measurement capabilities and services across international network paths; and (5) support community engagement in training and human and network capacity building, and coordination in advanced network engineering. High performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions which provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. Through extended international network connections, additional research and production network services will be enabled, complementing those currently offered or planned by domestic research networks.