NSF CI 2030 Request for Information

File2017 DCL RFI NSF CI 2030_wide.pptx

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research (NSF CI 2030)

Deadline for submissions: April 5, 2017,  5:00 PM ET.

- NSF has launched an effort to refresh the Foundation’s cyberinfrastructure vision and strategy, as the current activity, Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), completes its final year.
- NSF invites contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community to inform this planning effort. We seek input on scientific challenges, associated cyberinfrastructure needs, and bold ideas to advance research frontiers over the next decade and beyond. 
- Dear Colleague Letter: The DCL points to the required submission website (direct link:



SPARC Funding Opportunities

The NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program seeks to advance understanding of the neural control of organ function, laying a mechanistic foundation for the next generation of therapeutic closed-loop neuromodulation devices. The SPARC team has released two new funding announcements soliciting: 1) applications to develop a Data and Resource Center to support this mission; and 2) applications to develop New Tools to support this mission.

1) RFA-RM-16-008, Data Coordination, Map Synthesis, and Simulation Cores for the SPARC Program:

Develop the SPARC Data and Resource Center, a central online hub with three core functions: 1) store and facilitate access to all data generated by SPARC; 2) build interactive visualizations of nerve-organ anatomy and function; and 3) host models that predict the effects of nerve stimuli on organ function. Bioinformatics and data science experts are encouraged to apply. Letters of Intent (LOI) are required and are due by April 7, 2017. Following LOI submission, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which is due by June 2, 2017.

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2) RFA-RM-17-009, Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System:

Develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to facilitate high-resolution mapping of peripheral neural circuits. Pre-applications will be accepted on a regular basis, beginning May 1, 2017. Specific priorities for the current receipt date are posted at; future receipt dates will have different priorities based on program needs.  Current priorities include:

·         Computational models to assess safety limits of stimulation and/or blocking of neural activity (e.g. biophysics and regulatory science for neural interfaces)

·         Computational models of neuromodulation that incorporate variability due to individual subject differences

·         Biophysical models of electrical, infrared, or ultrasonic neuromodulation that predict methods for selectively activating or blocking specific fiber types and locations. These computational models should be predictive of side effects (i.e. other fibers that may be activated or blocked).

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The SPARC team will be holding virtual office hours for potential applicants. We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team. Visit to sign up.  We will also hold a webinar at a date to be determined soon.


These  announcements solicit applications under the Other Transactions mechanism. Applications will be considered from higher education institutions, small and large corporations, foreign organizations, non-profits, other federal and state agencies, as well as individuals not affiliated with an organization. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about Other Transactions, which are not grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements:


Funding Opportunities

Application Due Date:
Monday, May 1, 2017, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Application Due Date:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Application Due Date:
Monday, January 30, 2017, Monday, May 29, 2017, Friday, September 29, 2017


No Upcoming Webinars

MSM Meetings

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, "Pan-microbial Trait Ecology," to be held June 14-16, 2017, at NIMBioS.Objectives: This workshop aims to lay the groundwork for a mechanistic trait-based framework for different microbial taxa by combining several fundamental fields, from genomics and metabolic modeling to community ecology and ecosystem modeling.

Meeting Date:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
Meeting Location:
NIMBioS at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, "Uncertainty Quantification for Biological Models," to be held June 26-28, 2017, at NIMBioS.Objectives:  This tutorial will fo

Meeting Date:
Monday, June 26, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Meeting Location:
NIMBioS at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

SBP-BRiMS is a multidisciplinary conference with a selective single paper track and poster session. The conference also invites a small number of high quality tutorials and nationally recognized keynote speakers. The conference has grown out of two related meetings: SBP and BRiMS, which were co-located in previous years.

Meeting Date:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Saturday, July 8, 2017
Meeting Location:
Lehman Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

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