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NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) Program

Posted on Apr 03, 2013 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: 100 gigabit Ethernet, Custom Networks, Federal Government, Innovation Platform, Network Architecture, Network Infrastructure, Research & Education Networks

An opportunity for leading U.S. research universities to create a platform for innovation

CC-NIE Overview

The National Science Foundation recently announced the availability of funding for second round of its Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) Program. This solicitation continues NSF’s original CC-NIE focus on campus-level network service improvements to support data transfer and movement. This year’s solicitation offers two types of awards:

  • Data Driven Networking and Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards (offering up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years)
  • Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards (offering up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years)

Both awards involve a shared deadline of April 3, 2013.

Proposals for Data Driven Networking Infrastructure are expected to address infrastructure improvements enabling national and global high-performance, end-to-end access to dynamic network services to allow rapid and unimpeded movement of data sets and advanced distributed computing (including network upgrades, rearchitecting of campus networks, and network connection upgrades). Proposals must address scientific/engineering project and application drivers requiring network engineering, describe end-to-end data transfers involving wide are dynamic circuit networking services, include a Campus Cyberinfrastructure plan, and document explicit partnerships or collaborations with campus IT organizations.

Proposals submitted for Network Integration and applied Innovation are intended to support end-to-end network CI by integrating existing and new technologies and applied innovation. These projects should focus on innovative networking capabilities, network-related open-source software development, and deployment resulting in operational environment prototypes. These projects must identify supported research projects requiring data movement, throughput, and predictable end-to-end performance; they also must include a Campus Cyberinfrastructure plan and a sustainability plan for operational and engineering costs.

Integration with Internet2's Innovation Platform

The goals of the CC-NIE program intersect with Internet2’s national Innovation Platform, which supports deeply programmable networks through software-defined networking (SDN), deployment of Science DMZs on campus networks to facilitate data-intensive science, rapid adoption of 100G in campus network architectures to encourage applications innovation, and integrated end-to-end capabilities verified through performance diagnostic monitoring.

Successful CC-NIE proposals from Internet2 member campuses will be able to contribute to a nationwide R&E platform for innovation by creating open and unconstrained bandwidth through campus, regional, and national networks; rearchitecting campus networks to support large scientific data flows; deploying software-defined networking and OpenFlow capabilities to allow SDN-enabled application deployment; upgrading network connections to the nationwide R&E networking fabric with SDN and 100G support; integrating network awareness into adaptive applications; and developing and deploying tools and best practices to solve and-to end-network performance issues.

Working Together

Internet2 staff are ready to help you as you prepare your proposals by providing technical consultation regarding network architecture and access to resources, and through provision of Letters of Support. Because we anticipate accommodating many requests for this solicitation, we can accommodate you best if you provide the following with your request: the PI’s name, address, and title; the proposal’s title and designation of proposal category; a rough draft of the proposal narrative and/or complete draft of the project summary; and a list of Internet2 services or infrastructure the project would use. We encourage you to submit your request by March 27, in order to ensure the strongest and most detailed support we can provide. Requests submitted after that may include far less detail than others. We cannot guarantee letters for requests submitted on or after April 2. To request Letters of Support, please contact Nili Tannenbaum. All technical questions and requests for assistance should be addressed to