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NSF and other agencies announce the National Robotics Initiative

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the National Robotics Initiative ( on 24 June; the solicitation is unusual in that it involves collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Next NSF Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) solicitation deadline is 25 October 2011

The most recent NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) solicitation was posted on 1 April 2001. The next deadline for proposals is Tuesday, 25 October 2011. CRI supports two types of projects:

  • Institutional Infrastructure, for either
    1. the creation of new computing research infrastructure (II-NEW), or
    2. the enhancement of existing such infrastructure (II-EN).

Reminder about NSF/OCI Software Infrastructure for Scientific Innovation (SI2) solicitation

In a previous post (, I briefly described the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)'s Software Infrastructure for Scientific Innovation (SI2) solicitation, with a proposal deadline of 18 July 2011. OCI recently issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" calling attention to its goals for this solicitation, and Emily Bender suggested I follow up with a Cyberling posting about it. Since the DCL is not very long, I thought it best simply to quote it in full:

NSF announces new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) solicitation

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has just announced a new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) solicitation at, with a deadline of 20 Sept 2011 for proposals (note: not 15 Sept as in past years). Projects must focus on one or more of the following areas:

2011 CI Computing Fellows

This might be of interest to folks: The call for the 2011 CI computing fellowships is out: These fellowships provide very generous funding:

The CIFellow’s salary for one year, at $75,000.
Health and other fringe benefits for the CIFellow. We expect the host institution to offer the CIFellow the standard package that it normally offers.
Discretionary expenses for the CIFellow, including moving costs as well as other minor costs (such as travel to conferences, etc.).
Indirect costs for the host institution (up to 25%).

Second NSF solicitation for Software Infrastructure for Scientific Innovation

On April 20, 2011, the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure announced the second Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI^2) Program Solicitation 11-539 at I described the first solicitation (issued on March 16, 2010) in a post to this site on March 18, 2010. As I stated in that post, the solicitation is a promising one for supporting certain kinds of research and development for linguistic cyberinfrastructure, and I hope our community is able to take advantage of it.

NSF SBE 2020 White Papers (Updated)

The NSF has now made the SBE 2020 (Future Research in Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences) white papers available. There are at least three seven eleven (in addition to the one that Jeff Good and I submitted, noted below) that are relevant to cyberling:

NSF emphasizes data sharing policy

Good news from NSF: In the most recent update to the Grant Proposal Guide, they have strengthened and emphasized the requirements for data sharing. Here is the summary from the GPG Summary of Significant Changes page:

NSF Fellowships for Transformative Computational Science using CyberInfrastructure (CI TraCS)

The NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure announced a new solicitation for post-doctoral fellowships for transformative computational science using cyberinfrastructure (CI TraCS) at Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or legally admitted permanent resident aliens of the US, have received a doctoral degree by the start date of the award, but no more than two years before the beginning of the year in which the award is made (e.g.

NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2)

On March 16, the National Science Foundation announced the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2) Program Solicitation 10-551 at This is an NSF-wide solicitation, led by the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI).

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