NSF-21-555: Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS)
Internal Deadline: March 26, 2021, 5pm PT
External Deadline: June 16, 2021, 5pm PT
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Amount: $7,500,000 to $20,000,000 per award, dependent on award track.
Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://research.usc.edu/usc-grants/.
Materials to submit include:
(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21555/nsf21555.htm
Who May Serve as PI: No restrictions or limits.
Purpose: NSF envisions a fabric of national coordination CI services that can effectively support a broad and diverse set of requirements, users, and usage modes from all areas of S&E research and education. It is also essential that this fabric of services is agile and can evolve and adapt to respond to emerging requirements and technology landscapes. This solicitation, one of two ACCESS solicitations, focuses on the creation of the national coordination CI services fabric.
In this solicitation, NSF calls for proposals for five independently managed yet tightly cooperative services along the following tracks: 1) Allocation Services; 2) End User Support Services; 3) Operations and Integration Services; 4) Monitoring & Measurement Services; and 5) Technology Translation Services. These services are expected to:
- Provide key capabilities including the discovery of and access to available resources, access to relevant and timely expert technical guidance and focused instruction on effective uses of these cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities, and support for developmental efforts to support the evolving portfolio of NSF-funded S&E;
- Ensure the effective management, operation, monitoring and measurement, evolution, and overall use of computing resources, and integrate these resources into a coherent, coordinated national CI ecosystem;
- Increase user accessibility, enable collaboration, simplify use of CI in dynamic system-of-systems scenarios, support access to relevant data, and enable timely access to novel technologies and solutions; and
- Interface closely with the ACCESS Coordination Office (funded by the separate ACCESS-ACO solicitation) on strategic planning and policy efforts, ACCESS-wide meeting and reporting activities, and other endeavors spanning several or all coordination service tracks.
Budgetary Requirements: Budgets for proposals to all tracks must include funds to support project staff travel to PI meetings held twice per year. The year one budget should include all start-up costs and transition activities from XSEDE, XMS, or other related coordination services.
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