Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Synopsis

Large-scale simulations and the ability to accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized science and engineering. The goal of the CDS&E meta-program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data-analysis approaches and best practices. The CDS&E meta-program supports projects that harness computation and data to advance knowledge and accelerate discovery above and beyond the goals of the participating individual programs. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline, or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Divisions and Directorates. A CDS&E proposal should enable and/or utilize development and adaptation of advances in research and infrastructure in computational and data science.

The CDS&E meta-program encourages research that pushes the envelope of science and engineering through computation and data, welcoming proposals in any area of research supported by the participating divisions. A proposal may address topics that develop or enable interactions among theory, computing, experiment, and observation to achieve progress on hitherto intractable science and engineering problems. Areas of emphasis for CDS&E vary by program; and PIs are advised to consult the "related programs" links below before submitting.

The CDS&E meta-program is not intended to replace existing programs that support projects involving computation or the analysis of large or complex data sets using established methods. Rather, proposals submitted to the CDS&E meta-program must have a significant component of computational or data science that goes well beyond what would normally be included in these programs. Any proposal submitted to the CDS&E program that is not responsive to this Program Description may be transferred to or reviewed within the context of an individual program. A proposal that is requesting consideration within the context of CDS&E should begin the title with the identifying acronym "CDS&E:". Supplement requests to existing awards may also be considered. A CDS&E proposal should include substantive research in science, engineering, or computing. Algorithm and pilot software development supporting science and engineering may also be appropriate, depending on the program. Proposers who seek to implement proven, existing methods into robust cyberinfrastructure are referred instead to the program on Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI).

A CDS&E proposal should be submitted to one of the "Related Programs" or Divisions by the associated submission window, deadline, or target date listed in the table below. In picking the most relevant program, PIs are advised to read program descriptions and solicitations carefully and to consult with cognizant Program Officers in advance of proposal preparation. Proposal submissions outside of the scientific scope of the receiving program may be transferred to a different program or may be returned without review.

Due Dates

DirectorateDivision and ProgramSubmission Window or Target Date
ENG Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

  September 01, 2021 - September 15, 2021

  September 01- September 15, Annually Thereafter
ENG Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

  September 01, 2021 - September 15, 2021

  September 01- September 15, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Mathematical Sciences

  September 01, 2021 - September 15, 2021

  September 01- September 15, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Chemistry - Chemical Catalysis (CAT), Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A), Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B), Chemical Synthesis (SYN), Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC)

  September 01, 2021 - September 30, 2021

  September 01 - September 30, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Materials Research

  October 15, 2021

  October 15, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences - Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation

  October 01, 2021 - November 15, 2021

  October 01 - November 15, Annually Thereafter
CISE Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

  October 01, 2021 - November 01, 2021

  October 01 - October 31, Annually Thereafter
ENG Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

  October 01, 2021 - November 01, 2021

  October 01 - October 31, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI), Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP), Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS), and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN)

  October 01, 2021 - November 01, 2021

  October 1 - October 31, Annually Thereafter
MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants

  October 01, 2021 - November 15, 2021

  October 01 - November 15, Annually Thereafter

MPS Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects   Deadline for the relevant PHY program

Program Contacts

The CDS&E program includes all Divisions within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), as well as the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). 

The appropriate contact for the CDS&E program in any Division is the Program Director for one of the participating programs in that Division, listed under "Related Programs" below. 

Christina Payne
cpayne@nsf.gov (703) 292-2895 ENG/CBET
Richard Dawes
rdawes@nsf.gov (703) 292-7486 MPS/CHE
Andreas A. Berlind
aberlind@nsf.gov (703) 292-5387 MPS/AST
Carrie E. Black
cblack@nsf.gov (703) 292-2426 MPS/AST
Nigel A. Sharp
nsharp@nsf.gov (703) 292-4905 MPS/AST
Daryl W. Hess
dhess@nsf.gov (703) 292-4942 MPS/DMR
Serdar Ogut
sogut@nsf.gov (703) 292-8810
Stacey Levine
slevine@nsf.gov (703) 292-2948 MPS/DMS
Edsel A. Pena
epena@nsf.gov (703) 292-8080 MPS/DMS
Vyacheslav Lukin
VLUKIN@nsf.gov (703) 292-7382 MPS/PHY
Ronald D. Joslin
rjoslin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7030 ENG/CBET
Zhengdao Wang
zwang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7823 ENG/ECCS
Tevfik Kosar
tkosar@nsf.gov (703) 292-7992 CISE/OAC
Seung-Jong Park
spark@nsf.gov (703) 292-4383 CISE/OAC
Marc Stieglitz
mstiegli@nsf.gov (703) 292-4354 GEO/OPP
Jean X. Gao
jgao@nsf.gov (703) 292-7253 BIO/DBI

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