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.
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: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17526/nsf17526.htm
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:
- Describe application areas in science or engineering where the identified software is needed and describe how the use of the identified software will have a significant impact on science and engineering research;
- Describe the targeted user communities of the proposed software and how they will be engaged; and
- Provide a compelling discussion of the software’s potential use by a wider audience and its contribution to a national cyberinfrastructure.
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 science community and the specific grand challenge research questions that the S2I2 will support;
- specific software elements and frameworks that are relevant to the community, the sustainability challenges that need to be addressed, and why addressing these challenges will be transformative;
- appropriate software architectures and lifecycle processes, development, testing and deployment methodologies, validation and verification processes, end usability and interface considerations, and required infrastructure and technologies;
- the required organizational, personnel and management structures and operational processes;
- the requirements and necessary mechanisms for human resource development, including integration of education and training, mentoring of students, postdoctoral fellows as well as software professionals, and proactively addressing diversity and broadening participation;
- potential approaches for long-term sustainability of the software institute as well as the software; and
- potential risks including risks associated with establishment and execution, necessary infrastructure and associated technologies, community engagement, and long-term sustainability.
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.