NSF: CISE Research Infrastructure

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.

Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

Community Infrastructure awards are not limited in number and PIs may apply to them without internal selection.

Number of Applications
3 in Institutional Infrastructure
Amount of Funding

Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 30

With up to 15 Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards and up to 15 Community Infrastructure (CI) awards in each competition. The majority of the II awards will be made in the $200,000 - $750,000 range, though a small number of II awards may be made in the $750,000 - $1,000,000 range. The majority of the CI awards will be made in the $500,000 - $1,000,000 range, though a very small number of CI awards may be made in the $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 range. The majority of the Community Infrastructure Planning (CI-P) awards will be made in the $50,000 - $100,000 range.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $18,000,000 annually, subject to the availability of funds.


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

In each annual competition, an individual may participate in at most two proposals, across all classes, as PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel.  This includes both tracks of proposals described in the NSF Program Solicitation.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first two proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Submission Process

Step 1:

Materials detailed below should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to an email sent to Stephanie Endy at stephanie.endy@case.edu before 5pm on Friday, August 10, 2018:

  • Cover letter listing PI Name, School or College, Department, title of project, and number and type of NSF CRI proposals that the PI intends to participate in (whether or not these will be submitted through CWRU).  The title of the project must follow the NSF prescribed conventions as described in the program announcement;
  • No more than one page description of the project including a description of the broader impact and intellectual merit of the project.  Note the additional review criteria from NSF described in the program announcement as these may be considered during the internal selection process; and
  • NSF-style biosketch for PI.
Step 2:

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by Review Completed deadline below.

Step 3:

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by 5:00pm EST on October 31, 2018.

Step 4:

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by 5:00pm EST on November 7, 2018.


Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria from the Program Solicitation which may be considered during the internal CWRU review and selection process:
Within the context of the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts criteria, reviewers will be asked to consider the following issues when preparing their reviews:

For Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals:

  • Does the proposal provide convincing evidence that the proposed infrastructure will result in compelling new CISE research and education opportunities?
  • How well does the proposed research focus fit with CISE core disciplines? Are CISE researchers involved in an integral way, particularly in leadership positions?
  • Does the proposal provide plans for use by a diverse group of researchers?
  • Does the proposing institution(s) make a convincing case for their commitment to maintain and operate the infrastructure for its useful life?
  • Is the project management plan, including timeline, costs, and personnel, realistic?


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
08/10/2018 08/24/2018 10/31/2018 11/07/2018 CLOSED