NSF's Cyber--Enabled Discovery and InnovationSeptember 28, 2007
NSF announced their new Foundation-wide research initiative in "Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation." The stated objective is to broaden the Nation's capability for innovation by developing a new generation of computationally based discovery concepts and tools to deal with complex, data-rich, and interacting systems. NSF requested $50 million for this multi-divisionb effort in FY 2008, with the goal of growing the program to $250 million by FY 2012.
NSF has issued the solicitation for Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation projects. It contains some key points:
--All fields of science and engineering supported by NSF are relevant to this opportunity. Emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary projects.
--Letters of Intent (due October 30 - November 30, 2007) are required.
RFP web site: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07603/nsf07603.htm
CDI seeks multidisciplinary research proposals within or across three thematic areas:
--From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and generating new knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous digital data;
--Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social Systems: deriving fundamental insights on systems comprising multiple interacting elements; and
--Building Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and innovation by bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical and cultural boundaries.