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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

NSF’s Expeditions in Computing Deadline Approaching

February 14th, 2012 / in research horizons, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

The Expeditions in Computing awards tackle some of the most challenging computing and information science and engineering issues today [image courtesy NSF].The deadline for preliminary proposals to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) next Expeditions in Computing competition is just around the corner. As a reminder:

The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computing and information disciplines has been remarkable, generating economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world.  But the best is yet to come!


The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has created the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computing and information for many years to come [more after the jump].


Funded at levels up to $2,000,000 per year for five years, Expeditions represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers CISE supports, Expeditions form the centerpiece of the directorate’s award portfolio. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes.


The awards made in this program will complement projects supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computing or information disciplines or fields.

Preliminary proposals are due by March 10th; full proposals will be required by Dec. 10, 2012. Full details are in the full program announcement.

See Expeditions awards announced in 20092008, and 2007. And check out this video, which illustrates some of the research being carried out by the prior-year awardees:

Consider submitting to this year’s competition. And be sure to pass the word on to your colleagues.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

NSF’s Expeditions in Computing Deadline Approaching