CISE Releases Solicitations for Core Programs

July 13th, 2012 by Erwin Gianchandani Post a comment »

NSF/CISE issues core program solicitation for computer and network systems (CNS).The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has issued new solicitations for its core programs:

  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS) — Computer Systems Research (to include the highlighted areas of cloud computing, embedded and hybrid systems, pervasive computing, and sustainable computing) and Networking Technology and Systems (networks leveraging or advancing new technologies, networks that address emerging national needs and trends, and meta-networking research).

New this year, CISE is encouraging the submission of “breakthrough proposals” to its core programs (following the jump):

CISE encourages proposals that promise extraordinary outcomes, with a possibly corresponding increase in uncertainty in the research plan and overall risk of success relative to traditional submissions, such as: revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, disrupting accepted theories and perspectives, and solving widely recognized, long-standing and important challenging problems. In order to encourage the submission of proposals possessing one or more of these characteristics, we are offering the opportunity to submit and identify such projects asBreakthrough Proposals.” CISE expects that the total number of awards to such proposals will be relatively small and urges prospective PIs to consider this option carefully.


Breakthrough proposals may be submitted to all CISE (CCF/CNS/IIS) core programs and may be Small, Medium, or Large. They must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines for Small, Medium, and Large proposals…

As in the recent past, deadlines for small (up to $500K for up to three years), medium ($500K to $1.2M for up to four years), and large ($1.2M to $3M for up to five years) proposals are later this fall.

For full details, click on a link above to view the corresponding division’s core programs.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)