ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

External Funding Opportunities

2016 Call for Proposals for Allocations on the Blue Waters High Performance Computing System

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has been allocated 3.5 million node hours (equivalent to approximately 50 million core hours) annually as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions with an unprecedented opportunity to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education. This Call For Proposals (CFP) describes the process for submitting a proposal to the GLCPC Allocations Committee for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Details on the Blue Waters system can be found at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters and http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/enabling/bluewaters.

Given the unprecedented scale and innovative architecture of the Blue Waters system, we are seeking proposals that focus on its scale and unique capabilities. Thus, projects that could be completed on one of the other NSF sponsored systems as part of the current XSEDE program are not encouraged for GLCPC Blue Waters allocations.

The GLCPC is seeking innovative proposals that fall into four categories:

  1. Scaling studies: The scaling of codes which will operate efficiently on large numbers of parallel processors presents a number of challenges. Therefore, projects of particular interest include those that optimize and/or scale community codes to very large scales. Examples include scaling of multilevel parallel applications (MPI+OpenMP), accelerators (CUDA, OpenACC or OpenCL), I/O and data-intensive applications, or novel communication topologies.
  2. Multi-GLCPC-institutional projects addressing focused scientific projects. An example might be a Great Lakes Ecosystems Modeling initiative (Digital Great Lakes).
  3. Proposals for applications well-suited for the Blue Waters system architecture.
  4. Proposals from non-traditional and underserved communities.

The GLCPC Allocations Committee anticipates 3-8 projects/allocations annually; consequently, the smallest project is expected to be approximately 320,000 node hours (~5 million core hours), which is roughly the same as dedicated use of a 4-core, 1,280-node cluster. We note that applications at this scale will require development efforts as well as different phases, such as: tuning and development; some smaller runs; large “production runs”; and then post processing; but, all will be at scales beyond other available large resources. GLCPC allocation proposals will be accepted through midnight EST December 2, 2016. The proposal review process is expected to be complete by mid-February 2017. Allocations awarded through GLCPC will be available for use beginning April 3, 2017 and will expire one year from time of award.

To make your allocation request, please submit a written proposal (see format below), not to exceed 5 pages (in PDF format) to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=glcpc2016cfp.

Eligibility: Only Principal Investigators affiliated with an institutional member of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation are eligible to submit a GLCPC allocations proposal. Access to the Blue Waters system will be governed by the Blue Waters Terms of Use. Questions about this CFP should be addressed to allocations-glcpc@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Reporting requirements: GLCPC Blue Waters allocations awardees will be responsible for reporting on their progress in utilizing their allocations and describing the impact that access to the Blue Waters system has made on their research. An interim report (6 months into allocation period) and a final report will be required.

Renewal requests: Previous awardees of GLCPC allocations on the Blue Waters system are eligible to make renewal requests but must clearly demonstrate significant progress in using the previous year’s allocation and clearly describe the new research that will be made possible by an additional Blue Waters allocation.

Proposal content (not to exceed 5 pages)

    • Target problem: A description of the specific research question(s) that the resources requested will be used to answer and the scientific and societal impact of the proposed work. Include an explanation of why a petascale resource of the leading-edge capability that Blue Waters represents is necessary to address this research.
    • Team members: Name, title, affiliation and contact information for each member of requesting project team.
    • Description of codes: Describe the structure of the application codes that you intend to use. These may either currently exist, but might require enhancement, or they may be in development. Please include details about the algorithms involved and the approach that you intend to use to ensure that the code scales effectively on the Blue Waters architecture. Please include descriptions of how your code(s) will use each of the major system elements: the memory hierarchy, the communications network, the computational elements, and the I/O subsystem. Describe how you intend to analyze the output resulting from your use of Blue Waters. IMPORTANT: Please describe any run-time libraries or special system software or program development environment features that you will require and the types of graphics support that you would find most useful.
    • Porting, testing and scalability plans: Describe the current state of readiness of the application codes that you intend to use and your plans for developing these to the point where they are ready to run in production mode on the Blue Waters system. Estimate the type of consulting help that you will need to port and scale your application(s) to the Blue Waters system.
    • Resources required: Describe the Blue Waters resources required to complete research on the target problem. This description should include the number of system nodes needed for your runs, the anticipated actual memory usage, the expected numbers of each major class of arithmetic and logical operation, the expected numbers of local and remote memory accesses, the total number of node-hours required, the anticipated input and output requirements, the amount of data that you anticipate transferring to or from the Blue Waters enclave, the amount and type of storage required and any other system resource needs that you anticipate.
    • Support plan: Allocations will be made with the understanding that the support model is explicitly targeted for experienced, advanced users. NCSA does not have the staff to provide a broad range of support or introductory services. Proposals must describe the institutional structure that will be used to support the proposed work. Institutional support staff will be responsible for triage of user problems and basic user support. Blue Waters experts will help train the support staff at the proposing institutions, and will also help triage problems.
    • Source(s) of funding: Please identify the source(s), amount(s) and duration of existing funding that is supporting the development of your petascale application. If not currently funded, please describe how you intend to support any required development work.

Additional required documents (not included in 5 page proposal limit)

  • Proposal abstract for public posting
  • NSF-formatted, 2-page bios of project team PI and co-PIs
  • References cited

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions (Penn State is an ORAU member). These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.


Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application are eligible. If there is a question on eligibility, the ORAU Councilor makes the final decision.

The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Number of Submissions


Funding Source and Duration

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

Funding Restrictions

This award can include funds for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU or the university match.

Diverse Participant Population

ORAU is committed to the promotion of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


Go to The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Downselect to apply.

PSU Downselect due date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ORAU due date: Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Required for the application:

  1. A one-page abbreviated resume in PDF format with a second page listing publications and/or presentations.
  2. A two-page research proposal that should address the following:
  • research goals and objectives and relevant background
  • expected research outcomes and relevance
  • research design and methodology
  • competence of the applicant to perform the proposed research
  • the available research facilities and resources
  • a budget justification
  • (Optional) an additional single page of references relating to the proposal.

Agilent Early Career Professor Award

2017 Focus: Contributions to the development and advancement of techniques for the detection of nucleic acids, proteins, or other biomolecules in the context of Liquid Biopsy and its utilization for early detection, characterization and surveillance of cancer and other diseases and conditions.

The purpose of the Agilent Early Career Professor Award is to:

  • Promote and encourage excellent research enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their career
  • Build the prominence of Agilent as a sponsor of university research

Selection Criteria

  • Significant original research contributions enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Outstanding potential for future research
  • Alignment with the 2017 Focus: Contributions to the development and advancement of techniques for the detection of nucleic acids, proteins, or other biomolecules in the context of Liquid Biopsy and its utilization for early detection, characterization and surveillance of cancer and other diseases and conditions.
  • Professors must have completed Ph.D. or M.D. less than 10 years before January 1, 2017.

Award Information

  • An unrestricted research award of $100,000 to be paid to the university in the professor’s name
  • Paid over two years
  • Option to use all or part of award to obtain Agilent products at 50% discount
  • Option to accelerate payments to facilitate procurement of equipment with list price over $100k

The nomination form requires contact information, a summary of the nominee’s qualifications and future directions (up to 1000 words), a nomination letter (up to 500 words) and a CV. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please do not include any proprietary information.


Go to Agilent Early Career Professor Award to apply.

PSU Downselect due date: Monday, December 12, 2016

Sponsor due date: Friday, January 13, 2017

Required for the application:

  1. CV, which should include:

Education and academic background

Research and related experience

Publications, presentations and patents

Technical and profession recognition, awards, honors, and affiliations

  1. Summary of expertise, should include contribution to measurement technology and future research directions (up to 1000 words).
  2. Nomination letter. Self-nominations are encouraged. Up to 500 words.

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Design and Development Launch Pilots

Program Description:

With this solicitation, the NSF INCLUDES initiative invites proposals for Design and Development Launch Pilots, which are pilot projects that represent bold, innovative ways to solve broadening participation challenges in STEM. Each Launch Pilot will be funded for up to two years, for a maximum of $300,000. Successful pilots will deliver models or prototypes, including measurement/data infrastructures, enabling collective efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in particular STEM fields or across all fields of STEM.

Teams of organizations might come together locally, regionally, nationally, by disciplinary focus, or by other multisector categories. Key to a successful proposal will be the identification of a specific goal and measurable objectives, and an argument that the set of partners being assembled includes all who are needed to successfully address the objective. The plan must articulate its potential for expansion if funded as a NSF INCLUDES Alliance. (See Section V for more information about preparing NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot proposals.) Researchers and practitioners at minority serving institutions are strongly encouraged to participate in this activity given their experience and expertise in broadening participation.

These planning and start-up activities are aimed at engaging appropriate communities in testing the feasibility of developing and implementing a comprehensive plan and process for change, creating a support infrastructure involving shared measurement and technologies, and identifying other support mechanisms for sustaining the efforts. Early in the first year, the partners are expected to refine their collective commitment to a common set of objectives and plans to achieve them. No later than the second year, successful teams are expected to carry out and report on the results of projects to demonstrate their ability to implement a collective impact-style approach to address the selected broadening participation challenge. Successful Design & Development Launch Pilots are expected to share their goals and plans with one another, the broader community, and a NSF INCLUDES Backbone organization, enabling all to learn from their pilot project experiences. This effort will facilitate the formation of NSF INCLUDES Alliances.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one Design and Development Launch Pilot preliminary or full proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only two (2) Design and Development Launch Pilot preliminary or full proposals.

Additional Eligibility Info:

Submission of a preliminary proposal is required for Design and Development Launch Pilots. Full Design and Development Launch Pilot proposals may be submitted by invitation only after the review of the preliminary proposal is completed.


Go to NSF INCLUDES Design & Development Launch Pilots Downselect to apply.

PSU Downselect due date: Friday, January 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Preliminary Proposal Due: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Full Proposal Due: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Required for the application:

  1. Project Description (This section is limited to four pages and must address separately both the intellectual merit and broader impacts.):

Vision: What broadening participation challenge(s) will be addressed and what is the broader vision of the partnership, network, or alliance for effecting change?

Partnerships: Which institutions are the proposed partners and what is the evidence that the partnership will be able to use social innovation frameworks such as collective impact to achieve the goals of the project?

Goals and Metrics: What is the preliminary strategic plan to address the broadening participation challenge(s) identified above, including goals and measurable objectives?

Leadership and Communication: How will the collaboration build capacity for leadership among all partnering organizations?

Potential for Expansion, Impact and Scale: How will the pilot project’s activities contribute to next steps for a research agenda and development plan to expand the network of organizations and activities into a broader alliance?

  1. Project Personnel: Provide a list of project personnel plus each person’s institutional affiliation, and a brief description of that person’s role(s) in the project. The first section of the list must contain all PI(s), co-PI(s), and sub-award lead senior investigators, including those from all parts of a collaborative proposal. This constitutes the list of key personnel subject to the submission cap for PIs and Co-PIs. The second section of the list should contain other senior personnel. Any individual for whom a biographical sketch is included in the preliminary proposal must be on one of these lists. You should not list undergraduate or graduate students, technicians, or other participants.
  2. Biosketches: Upload a SINGLE PDF with all the biographical sketches (2-page limit for each) should be included for each person listed on the Project Personnel page.

ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program

Proposal Deadline: March 27, 2017

In March 2016 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced a pilot program for collaborative research projects between ORAU scientists and researchers at ORAU Member universities. The 2017 competition for collaborative awards of up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers is now open. We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities. We are pleased to announce the topic categories and method to apply. Deadline for proposals is March 27, 2017 and potential university partners are encouraged to submit concepts for discussion with ORAU partners as soon as possible.

The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program is now accepting University concept submissions. Universities may now initiate discussion on a potential ODRD idea through the UPO Value Through Partnerships SharePoint https://upo.orau.org/Partners/default.aspx new “ODRD Ideas” submission button.

Designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners, ODRD competitively funds select innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Proposed ideas may include any of the following ORAU Core capabilities:

* Radiation detection/survey applications/modeling

* Radiochemistry/mercury analyses

* Health physics/radiation dosimetry

* Beryllium Lymphocyte proliferation tests/worker health

* Data analytics/GPS applications

* Epidemiology/exposure risk assessments

* Safety culture/health communication

* Atmospheric science/CO2 measurements

* Nanotechnology Related to Emergency Response

* Emergency management/community resilience

* Radiation emergency medical response/Cytogenetic biodosimetry techniques

* Assessment and evaluation studies/educational technology

* Energy/small modular reactors

Concept submissions should be very brief and should not include any proprietary or business sensitive information. After the concept is reviewed and a partnership project is deemed viable, non-disclosure agreements will be signed to allow detailed discussion either at the university campus or at ORAU.

Access to the UPO Value Through Partnerships site requires an agreement through the access permission process and a signed MOU. If your school needs access to the site, please let us know. Please remember that information contained in this site is available for ORAU Members only and may not be shared with non-member entities.

For additional information regarding the ODRD Program please see the ORAU Webpage http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/members-only/default.aspx or contact Jen Garman, jennifer.garman@orau.org or Cathy Fore, cathy.fore@orau.org. For additional information or assistance with SharePoint access, please contact universitypartnerships@orau.org.

 NSF: Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: November 30, 2016

Program Guidelines: NSF 16-610

Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life. The goal of this Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning. Unless stated otherwise, for the purposes of this year’s solicitation, communities are physical, geographically-defined entities, such as towns, cities, or incorporated rural areas, consisting of various populations, with a governance structure and the ability to engage in meaningful ways with the proposed research.

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505364&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

This is an NSF Upcoming Due Dates item.

If you are interested in applying, please email Louise Troxell at slt29@psu.edu. Your name will be forwarded to Jenni Evans.

NIH: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award

Notice of intent to PSU due 11/30/16

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Opportunity Name Amount Deadlines Limit
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)


The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences. Scientific disciplines included are basic, mechanistic, clinical, epidemiological, computational, engineering, and/or health risk communication approaches, that can be used to advance the NIEHS Strategic Plan.



$250,000 per year over 5 years *Notice of Intent to PSU by: 11/30/16 4:00pm ET

PSU Downselect: TBD


Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 28, 2017

Sponsor Deadline for Full Applications: February 28, 2017

1 application per school or college within a university

Contact your Research Dean FIRST to be considered for nomination. Then send an email by November 30, 2016 at 4 PM (Subject line should be “NIH: ONES”) to limitedsubs@psu.edu with the following information:

  • Your name, title, department, college, and campus
  • Your research dean’s name and contact information
  • Title of your proposed activity

DOE: Scaling Up the NExt Generation of Building Efficiency Packages

Notice of Intent to PSU due 11/6/16

Department of Energy
Opportunity Name Amount Deadlines Limit
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages

DOE seeks proposals that drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams that include technology providers, energy organizations (states, local governments or Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations), efficient building hubs (such as Innovation or Incubator hubs), utilities, and building energy professionals.

$200,000 and $700,000 Notice of Intent to PSU by: 11/6/16 (by 11:59 pm ET)

PSU Downselect: TBD


Sponsor Deadline for Concept Papers (Required): 11/21/2016

5:00pm ET

Sponsor Deadline for Full Applications: 02/21/2017 5:00pm ET


To be considered for nomination, please send an email by November 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Subject line should be “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages”) to limitedsubs@psu.edu with the following information:

  • Your name, title, department, college, and campus
  • Title of your project

 NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative RFAs

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K, https://datascience.nih.gov/bd2k) announces the release of two new RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-MD-16-002 NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25)
  • RFA-ES-16-011 BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)

The receipt deadline for applications for the Diversity FOA is November 12, 2016 and for the Curriculum Development FOA is December 7, 2016.

The purpose of the NIH BD2K Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science program is to provide resources for eligible institutions to implement innovative approaches to research education for diverse students in Big Data science. Through this program, eligible institutions will establish partnerships with institutions of international prominence in biomedical big data research. The collaborations will implement novel approaches of data science education that include 1) research experiences for undergraduates and the faculty who instruct them, and 2) curriculum development.

The purpose of the NIH BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development program is to facilitate community-driven development and implementation of data science curriculum for graduate students in the biomedical sciences. The FOA will support curriculum development activities at institutions interested in working collectively to define, develop, and test modules integrating data science into their existing biomedical science curriculum. Because the implementation of institutional curriculum changes will take the active support of the university administration and the commitment and cooperation of diverse departments, multi-PIs are encouraged in order to include expertise in the computational and quantitative sciences. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA will support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the BD2K listserv (https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=bd2kupdates&A=1) to receive the most up-to- date information about BD2K events and funding opportunities.

If you have questions, please contact the BD2K Training Team at bd2k_training@mail.nih.gov.

 Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2017 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water

NSF is announcing opportunities for research support in the areas of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water Research.

Read the full Dear Colleague Letter here.

Limited Submission – NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems

National Science Foundation
Opportunity Name Amount Deadlines Limit
Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)

NSF 16-604

The SNM-IS solicitation seeks proposals that investigate novel scalable nanomanufacturing and integration methods for nano-enabled integrated systems with a clear commercial relevance. Proposals should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain comprised of nano-scale building-blocks → complex nanomaterials and nanostructures → functional components and devices → integrated sub-systems and systems.


$1,000,000 – $1,500,000 over 4 years Notice of Intent to PSU by: October 5, 2016

PSU Downselect: TBD


Full Proposal Deadline:

January 13, 2017


Please send your Notice of Intent email by October 5, 2016 (Subject line should be “NOI for Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)”) to limitedsubs@psu.edu with the following information:

  • Your name, title, department, college, and campus
  • Title of your project

Call for Interest: NSF ADVANCE – Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (IT or Adaptation Track)

The National Science Foundation has announced a solicitation for proposals for NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (solicitation 16-594).

Despite significant increases in the proportion of women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees, women are significantly underrepresented as faculty, particularly in upper ranks, and in academic administrative positions, in almost all STEM fields. The problems of recruitment, retention, and advancement that are the causes of this underrepresentation vary by discipline and across groups of women faculty (e.g., by race/ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, and faculty appointment type). The ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions. Organizational barriers that inhibit equity may exist in areas such as policy, practice, culture, and organizational climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could mean that women and underrepresented minorities are evaluated less favorably, perpetuating their underrepresentation and contributing to a climate that is not inclusive.

The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM[1] careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

For more information on the RFP, visit https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16594/nsf16594.htm.

NSF ADVANCE has three tracks, as described below:

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Opportunity Name Amount Deadlines Limit
The Partnership track will support partnerships of two or more non-profit academic institutions and/or STEM organizations to increase gender equity in STEM academics. Projects should have national or regional impact and result in systemic change within one STEM discipline, several STEM disciplines, or all STEM disciplines. Partners may include professional societies, industry, non-profit organizations, publishers, policy and research entities, state systems of higher education, higher education organizations, as well as institutions of higher education. Partnership proposals must include a final year focused on sustainability and/or scale-up, communication, and evaluation. Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for three to five years Notice of Intent to PSU by: 10/3/16

PSU Downselect: TBD

Sponsor LOI (Required) Deadline: 12/14/16

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 1/11/17

A institution may be a partner on multiple Partnership proposals but lead only 1


The Institutional Transformation (IT) track supports the development of innovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change within one non-profit two-year or four-year academic institution across all STEM disciplines. Institutional Transformation awards up to $3,000,000 for five years Notice of Intent to PSU by: TBD

PSU Downselect: TBD

Sponsor Preliminary Proposal Deadline: 4/12/17

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 1/17/2018

1 Total (Either IT OR Adaptation)



The Adaptation track supports the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based organizational change strategies Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three years Notice of Intent to PSU by: TBD

PSU Downselect: TBD

Sponsor LOI (Required) Deadline: 8/9/2017

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 9/13/17

1 Total (Either IT OR Adaptation)



To submit a notice-of-intent for this opportunity, please email limitedsubs@psu.edu<mailto:limitedsubs@psu.edu by October 3, 2016, before 4pm, with the following information:

  • Include “NSF-Advance Track _______” in the subject line
  • Your name, department, and college
  • Indicate the track: Partnership, IT, or Adaptation
  • The proposed title of your project in the email

2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data Call for Papers

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data is being held December 5-8 in Washington DC. The IEEE is soliciting high-quality original research papers (and significant work-in-progress papers) in any aspect of Big Data with emphasis on 5Vs (Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity), including the Big Data challenges in scientific and engineering, social, sensor/IoT/IoE, and multimedia (audio, video, image, etc.) big data systems and applications. Example topics of interest includes but is not limited to the following:

Big Data Science and Foundations

  • Novel Theoretical Models for Big Data
  • New Computational Models for Big Data
  • Data and Information Quality for Big Data
  • New Data Standards

Big Data Infrastructure

  • Cloud/Grid/Stream Computing for Big Data
  • High Performance/Parallel Computing Platforms for Big Data
  • Autonomic Computing and Cyber-infrastructure, System Architectures, Design and Deployment
  • Energy-efficient Computing for Big Data
  • Programming Models and Environments for Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing to Support Big Data
  • Software Techniques andArchitectures in Cloud/Grid/Stream Computing
  • Big Data Open Platforms
  • New Programming Models for Big Data beyond Hadoop/MapReduce, STORM
  • Software Systems to Support Big Data Computing

Big Data Management

  • Search and Mining of variety of data including scientific and engineering, social, sensor/IoT/IoE, and multimedia data
  • Algorithms and Systems for Big Data Search
  • Distributed, and Peer-to-peer Search
  • Big Data Search Architectures, Scalability and Efficiency
  • Data Acquisition, Integration, Cleaning, and Best Practices
  • Visualization Analytics for Big Data
  • Computational Modeling and Data Integration
  • Large-scale Recommendation Systems and Social Media Systems
  • Cloud/Grid/Stream Data Mining- Big Velocity Data
  • Link and Graph Mining
  • Semantic-based Data Mining and Data Pre-processing
  • Mobility and Big Data
  • Multimedia and Multi-structured Data- Big Variety Data

Big Data Search and Mining

  • Social Web Search and Mining
  • Web Search
  • Algorithms and Systems for Big Data Search
  • Distributed, and Peer-to-peer Search
  • Big Data Search Architectures, Scalability and Efficiency
  • Data Acquisition, Integration, Cleaning, and Best Practices
  • Visualization Analytics for Big Data
  • Computational Modeling and Data Integration
  • Large-scale Recommendation Systems and Social Media Systems
  • Cloud/Grid/StreamData Mining- Big Velocity Data
  • Link and Graph Mining
  • Semantic-based Data Mining and Data Pre-processing
  • Mobility and Big Data
  • Multimedia and Multi-structured Data-Big Variety Data

Big Data Security, Privacy and Trust

  • Intrusion Detection for Gigabit Networks
  • Anomaly and APT Detection in Very Large Scale Systems
  • High Performance Cryptography
  • Visualizing Large Scale Security Data
  • Threat Detection using Big Data Analytics
  • Privacy Threats of Big Data
  • Privacy Preserving Big Data Collection/Analytics
  • HCI Challenges for Big Data Security & Privacy
  • User Studies for any of the above
  • Sociological Aspects of Big Data Privacy
  • Trust management in IoT and other Big Data Systems

Big Data Applications

  • Complex Big Data Applications in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Healthcare, Finance, Business, Law, Education, Transportation, Retailing, Telecommunication
  • Big Data Analytics in Small Business Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Big Data Analytics in Government, Public Sector and Society in General
  • Real-life Case Studies of Value Creation through Big Data Analytics
  • Big Data as a Service
  • Big Data Industry Standards
  • Experiences with Big Data Project Deployments


The Industrial Track solicits papers describing implementations of Big Data solutions relevant to industrial settings. The focus of industry track is on papers that address the practical, applied, or pragmatic or new research challenge issues related to the use of Big Data in industry. We accept full papers (up to 10 pages) and extended abstracts (2-4 pages).

Student Travel Award

IEEE Big Data 2016 will offer student travel to student authors (including post-docs)

Journal Publication

A set of papers will be selected for a fast-track review and then published at the IEEE Transactions on Big Data.

Paper Submission

Please submit a full-length paper (up to 10 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system.

Paper Submission Page

Papers should be formatted to IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines.

(see link to “formatting instructions” below).
Formatting Instructions 8.5″ x 11″ (DOC, PDF)
LaTex Formatting Macros

Important Dates

  • Electronic submission of full papers: Aug. 7, 2016
  • Notification of paper acceptance: Oct.9, 2016
  • Camera-ready of accepted papers: Nov.5, 2016
  • Conference: Dec.5-8, 2016

Details about the conference may be found here: http://cci.drexel.edu/bigdata/bigdata2016/

Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Help us build the future. Contact ICS at Penn State.

  • email: ics@psu.edu
  • phone: ICS-ACI Support (i-ASK Center): 814-865-4275 | General Inquiries: 814-867-1467

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