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NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering Program (CC*IIE)

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 by Doug Howell
Tags: Applied Research, End-to-End Research Support, Federal Government, Frontpage News, letters of collaboration, Research Funding Support, Research Incubator, Research Support

We are writing to call your attention to a substantial opportunity for our community. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the availability of funding for the third round of its Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering (CC*IIE) Program. This solicitation continues NSF’s original CC-NIE focus on campus-level network service improvements to support data transfer and movement, as well as network integration activities to enhance high performance for science applications and distributed research projects.

This year’s solicitation offers six types of awards: Data Driven Networking and Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards (up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years); Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions (up to $350,000 total for up to two years); Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards (up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years); Identity and Access Management Integration (up to $300,000 total for up to 2 years); Campus CI Engineer (up to $400,000 total for up to two years); and Regional Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking (up to $150,000 for up to two years). All awards have a shared deadline of March 17, 2014.

Additional information regarding this year’s solicitation can be found on the NSF website.

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.

Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions supports organizations with fundamental challenges in networking and resources. Proposals for this area should address the same infrastructure issues as those for Data Driven Networking, although without a completed technical design.

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.

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) Integration area supports integration and adoption of IAM tools to facilitate distributed scientific research collaborations, including identity and authentication, group and role management, provisioning, adoption, and access control, with Virtual Organizations an example beneficiary and partner. Strong preference will be given to activities involving existing open source capabilities, as will those leveraging the InCommon Federation.

Proposals submitted to the Campus CI Engineer area will address the enabling role of technical expertise, leadership, and engagement on campuses, describing the role and value of a Campus CI engineer. Preference will be given to proposals addressing campus network engineering and high performance, intra- and inter-campus networking.

The Regional Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking area supports regional centers for community building, coordination, and partnership through institutions whose expertise and resources in advanced network engineering can be leveraged for partnership. Proposals are encouraged from regional network organizations and consortia representing the networking needs of academic research institutions.

Integration with Internet2’s Innovation Platform

The goals of the CC*IIE program continue to 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*IIE proposals from Internet2 member campuses will 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; developing and deploying tools and best practices to solve end-to-end network performance issues; and incorporating identity and access management tools such as the InCommon Federation.

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 1, 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 March 16. If you have any questions regarding Letters of Support, please contact Nili Tannenbaum. All technical questions and requests for assistance should be addressed to