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NSF-20-606: Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research

Slots:                                                     1. An organization may submit only one proposal but may be a subawardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation. The restriction to no more than one submitted proposal as lead organization is to help ensure that there is appropriate organizational commitment necessary for responsible oversight, by the potential awardee organization, of a national resource.

Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested (PAPPG Chapter II.D.3.a). The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through subawards administered by the submitting organization.

Internal Deadline:                             October 9, 2020, noon PT

LOI:                                                        Not required.

External Deadline:                            December 3, 2020

Award Information:                         Type: Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 2

Anticipated Amount: $5,000,000 per award.

Who May Serve as PI:                    No specific eligibility description.

Link to Award:

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

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)

Purpose:                                              The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative HPC program to provide advanced CI capabilities and/or services in production operation to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of S&E.

This competition emphasizes the provisioning of an ecosystem of advanced computational resources and services that is responsive to the dramatic increase in the number and nature of applications using NSF-funded resources. Proposals are requested for advanced CI that will deploy capabilities and services, including composable services, to address the increase in demand for computation and data analytics resources in the S&E research community, as well as explore novel paradigms for enabling transformative S&E discoveries.

This solicitation explicitly focuses on the growing scale and diversity of the S&E community, the changing nature of S&E research requirements, as well as the rapidly evolving CI landscape, with the overarching goal of supporting transformational S&E discoveries.

The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure through provisioning resources in Category II as described further Section II of the NSF RFA.

Budgetary Requirements:              Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.


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