Authors: Manish Parashar (National Science Foundation (NSF)), Alejandro Suarez (National Science Foundation (NSF))
Abstract: The National Science Foundation's vision and investment plans for cyberinfrastructure (CI) are designed to address the evolving needs of the science and engineering research community. Senior leadership and Program staff from NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) will discuss strategic priorities as well as latest funding opportunities across all aspects of the research CI ecosystem. OAC will also present updates on OAC’s vision for democratizing access to CI and include a focus on the importance of cyberinfrastructure professionals across science and engineering. Substantial time will be devoted to Q&A between attendees and NSF staff.
Long Description: National research cyberinfrastructure (CI) has become critical to computational and data intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E) research and education. It has also become a key catalyst for discoveries and innovation and is critical to ensuring US leadership in S&E, economic competitiveness, and national security. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) has long supported the broad availability and innovative use of CI in alignment with its mission to “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.”
This Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session will provide an overview of OAC’s strategy for cyberinfrastructure that addresses growing needs across S&E research domains, informed by recent community input and reports. Recent investments and funding opportunities will also be presented across the spectrum of advanced computing, networking, cybersecurity, learning & workforce development, as well as data and software.
An important objective of this BoF is to provide a forum for the research community to engage directly with OAC Program Directors with questions about programs and priorities, proposal ideas, as well as suggestions and concerns. This year, OAC will focus the feedback session on two main themes: democratizing access to cyberinfrastructure and the importance of cyberinfrastructure professionals within the NSF-supported science and engineering research workforce. These themes speak to NSF’s vision for greater participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the U.S. science and engineering enterprise as highlighted by the Vision 2030 report by the National Science Board. The recently announced ACCESS program and various learning & workforce development solicitations will also be discussed.
OAC conducted a similar BoFs at SC18, SC19, SC20 (virtual), and SC21 (hybrid) that were highly successful and well attended. Anticipated outcomes include a better-informed research community, and submission of more innovative, potentially transformative proposals to NSF.
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