Does your institution want to expand or create a program that helps improve the technology used by scientists and researchers on your campus? Or you have a plan to bring network connectivity to underserved populations and it could use some additional funding?
A National Science Foundation program just might fit the bill. The NSF is currently seeking proposals for its new Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program, and the I-Light and Indiana GigaPOP team are here to help you with the process. The deadline to apply is September 11, 2023.
According to the NSF website:
“The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated, campus-level cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Projects that help overcome disparities in cyber-connectivity associated with geographic location, and thereby advancing the geography of innovation and enabling populations based in these locales to become more nationally competitive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and education are particularly encouraged. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.”
CC* awards will be supported in seven program areas:
- Data-driven networking infrastructure for the campus and researcher
- Regional connectivity for small Institutions of higher education
- Network integration and applied innovation
- Campus computing and the computing continuum
- Regional computing
- Data storage
- Planning grants and CI-research alignment
The NSF anticipates giving out 30 to 53 awards, and the funding ranges from $100,000 to $1.2 million, depending on the program area.
A key component of a proposal needs to be a concise description of “science and education drivers"—in other words, how does your proposal make teaching and learning easier or better for your school’s faculty, staff, or students?
Reach out to the I-Light team to learn more about the solicitation or for guidance in crafting your proposal. We’re happy to help our members go after these opportunities.
Contact Caroline Weilhamer, director of member services and community engagement, for more information.