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NSF-17-526: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SSE, SSI, S2I2 ) – S2I2 Conceptualization only.

Slots:                                                   There are no restrictions or limits for SSE and SSI proposals. Each organization may only submit one S2I2  Conceptualization proposal within the calendar year.                           
LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline:                          April 11, 2017, 5pm PDT (S2I2 )
Award Information:                        Type:  Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 23
Anticipated Amount: up to $1,500,000 is expected to be available for S2I2 Conceptualization awards, subject to availability of funds.
Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        
Purpose:                                              The goal of the SI2 program is to create a software ecosystem that scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. The program includes three classes of awards:

Scientific Software Elements (SSE)
Scientific Software Integration (SSI)
Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2 )

A competitive S2I2  proposal will:

S2I2 awards are subdivided into Conceptualization and Implementation awards which are described below. Note that Conceptualization Awards are the only institutionally limited award; S2I2  Implementation Awards are not.

(a) Conceptualization Awards: S2I2 Conceptualization Awards are planning awards aimed at organizing an interdisciplinary community and understanding its software requirements and challenges. Example activities that may be undertaken as part of a Conceptualization Award include focused workshops, special sessions at professional meetings, sandpits, focus groups, etc. These awards will typically be 1 year in duration. The product of a Conceptualization Award will be a strategic plan for enabling science and education through a sustained software infrastructure that will be freely available to the community, and will address the following elements:

The strategic plan resulting from the conceptualization phase is expected to serve as the conceptual design upon which a subsequent S2I2 Implementation proposal could be based.

Note that Conceptualization proposals will only be encouraged when NSF funding is available. Thus PIs are encouraged to contact relevant NSF program officers before submitting such proposals.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.

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