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NSF-19-510: Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access)

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        Preliminary Proposal due: December 20, 2018

External Deadline:                          February 19, 2019

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Amount: The maximum award amount is $5,000,000 via a Cooperative Agreement, pending the availability of funds and quality of proposals received. The annual project operating costs are not expected to exceed $850,000 per year for five years, for a total of $4,250,000. The proposed budget may also include a request, not to exceed $750,000, for initial cloud computing resources, as part of the maximum $5,000,000 award amount (see section II, Program Description). Future cloud computing resources may be supported through supplemental funding requests by the awardee organization.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                          

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


Increasingly, data- and compute-intensive research and education efforts are benefiting from access to cloud computing platforms, which provide robust, agile, reliable, and scalable infrastructure. To better support this growing use of cloud computing resources, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to fund an entity that can serve as a principal interface between the CISE research and education community and public cloud computing providers. Through this solicitation, NSF will support an entity that will have multiple responsibilities, including: 1) establishing partnerships with the various public cloud computing providers; 2) assisting NSF in allocating cloud computing resources to qualifying CISE-funded projects; 3) managing cloud computing accounts and resources allocated to individual CISE projects; 4) providing user training and other support to CISE researchers and educators using cloud computing in their work; and 5) providing strategic technical guidance for CISE researchers and educators interested in using public cloud computing platforms.

The goal of the Cloud Access program is to enable, enrich, and democratize the use of public cloud computing resources by the CISE research and education community. Cloud Access seeks to support an entity to serve as a liaison, linking the CISE community with public cloud computing providers. The Cloud Access entity will primarily serve PIs of participating CISE programs by providing access to cloud resources and other services, and all CISE researchers and educators with strategic technical guidance and training in using the cloud. CISE will note which programs are offering participation in Cloud Access in the corresponding solicitations and on the Cloud Access program webpage. NSF acknowledges that the community served by Cloud Access and its functions may evolve over time.


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