(CLOSED) Research Visioning for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Future Research Directions for the CISE Community (CISE-RV) NSF 22-567

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

NSF’s CISE directorate seeks to fund a community-driven organization that will serve as a community proxy responsible for facilitating the identification of compelling research challenges and opportunities emerging within CISE fields and between CISE fields and other fields. An important goal of the organization will be to communicate future research visions across stakeholders with interest in information, communication computing and cyberinfrastructure research including those in academia, industry, government, professional societies, virtual organizations, and the general public.

The proposed CISE-RV should:

  • Engage all fields of computer and information science and engineering including emerging areas and applications, and areas overlapping with other science and engineering fields;
  • Embrace a diverse organizational model that strives to balance factors like diversity of topics, demography, geography, institution types and departments, and rank/career stages;
  • Facilitate the generation of ambitious medium- and long-range (fundamental and translational) research visions that have broad support from the information, communication, computing and cyberinfrastructure research community;
  • Enable rapid and efficient community response to emerging opportunities and areas of national and societal need;
  • Communicate the research visions and their importance to a wide range of stakeholders including the research community itself, and also others in industry and government, as well as more broadly to the general public; and
  • Evaluate outcomes including meetings and workshops, topics considered at these meetings, and effectiveness of communication and dissemination efforts.

A CISE-RV proposal should clearly describe:

  • The organizational structure for providing leadership and oversight of the CISE-RV activities and outputs, and outline specific diversity goals and plans to achieve the desired goals of the CISE-RV. The CISE-RV proposals should establish a leadership body with members from academia, industry and other relevant stakeholder groups that meets the diversity goals of the organization. The CISE-RV proposals should present innovative organizational structures that are designed to be agile and responsive to constantly evolving priorities and changes in direction. The proposal should provide details on operational support, staff and related expenses for management of logistics, the recruitment of experts, communication of CISE-RV outcomes and products, and community engagement activities. Proposals are expected to describe the technical, leadership, organizational and management expertise of the PIs, but the solicitation does not require prior experience in setting up and running a research visioning organization.
  • An ambitious and forward-looking visioning strategy to identify mid- to long-term research opportunities that take into account multiple factors including national, international and societal priorities, industrial and commercial needs, research trends within the core CISE fields, and research trends at the intersection of CISE and other science and engineering fields. The proposal should identify visioning areas currently deemed as high priority and justify the reasons for these choices with respect to the visioning strategy. The proposal should describe and justify the different visioning mechanisms to be employed: e.g., visioning workshops, request for information symposia, virtual meetings, ideas labs, conference open-mic sessions, white papers, etc. The proposal should have a broad visioning strategy that has a well-developed and sustainable community engagement component that goes beyond traditional in-person visioning meetings.
  • A comprehensive communication and engagement strategy for multi-directional communication with the information, communication computing and cyberinfrastructure research community, government, industry, and international stakeholders, and the general public. The CISE-RV is expected to publish high quality meeting reports, white papers, roadmaps, and popular press articles, maintain a website with up-to-date information on accomplishments and activities and access to products; and have a strong social media presence. The proposal should also describe innovative mechanisms for strengthening and growing pathways to engage the whole of the CISE research community in an effort to get broader input for strategic visioning, build consensus around visioning outcomes, and amplify these outcomes to a broader audience. Proposers are encouraged to include specific plans for broadening participation to include all types of institutions including Research in Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions. Proposals should contain specific activities for multi-directional engagement with thought leaders in (1) academia including conference leadership, research coordination networks, professional societies, and virtual organizations; (2) government entities and committees including federal agencies, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research & Development; and (3) industry including commercial entities in computing, communications and information and emerging areas that consume this technology. Proposers are encouraged to consider dedicated personnel for these engagement activities as needed.
  • An evaluation framework for assessing the organizational structure, diversity goals, visioning strategy and outcomes, and communication and engagement strategy. This framework should clearly identify the metrics and methods to be used in the evaluation data to be collected and analyzed, and plans on how the evaluation results would inform and improve the various components of the CISE-RV in the short, medium and longer terms. The evaluation component could comprise a self-assessment, an external evaluation, or both. Proposers are encouraged to include funds for evaluation in the budget as needed.

NSF anticipates funding a single award for up to five years, with the funding for each year of the award in the range of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 per year. The CISE-RV in the steady state phase is expected to have a four-year time frame. Proposers that need a startup phase to develop and setup the organization structure, in addition to the four-year steady state phase, may request up to one year of additional support, thereby requesting up to five years of support. Proposers are encouraged to take into consideration, when developing their proposed budgets, the effort required to start up and maintain steady state, varying annual budget requests accordingly.

Institutional Limit:

An organization may submit only one CISE-RV proposal in which it is the lead institution. This limit has been set to ensure that a single organization submits a strong and focused proposal that leverages all the resources available to that organization.

Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
May 10, 2022
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Oct 05, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

nterested applicants should submit notification to include:

Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Title of this funding opportunity
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OSVPR NOI Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact LimitedSubs@psu.edu if you wish to apply