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Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering  (CIF21)  Crosscutting Programs  NSF Wide Programs

CIF21 Vision Statement

CIF21 will provide a comprehensive, integrated, sustainable, and secure cyberinfrastructure (CI) to accelerate research and education and new functional capabilities in computational and data-intensive science and engineering, thereby transforming our ability to effectively address and solve the many complex problems facing science and society.

CONTACTS

For general inquiries about CIF21 activities: nsf-cif21-info@nsf.gov

 

SYNOPSIS

Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) is a portfolio of activities to provide integrated cyber resources that will enable new multidisciplinary research opportunities in all science and engineering fields by leveraging ongoing investments and using common approaches and components.

Researchers in all fields of science and engineering are being challenged in two key directions.  The first challenge is to push beyond the current boundaries of knowledge to provide ever-deeper insights through fundamental disciplinary research by addressing increasingly complex questions, which often requires extremely sophisticated integration of theoretical, experimental, observational and simulation and modeling results.   These efforts, which have relied heavily on observing platforms and other data collection efforts, computing facilities, software, advanced networking, analytics, visualization and models have led to important breakthroughs in all areas of science and engineering and represent a very strong bottom-up approach to the necessary research infrastructure. 

The second, and more extensive challenge, is to synthesize these fundamental ground breaking efforts across multiple fields to transform scientific research into an endeavor that integrates the deep knowledge and research capabilities developed within the universities, industry and government labs. Individuals, teams and communities need to be able work together; likewise, instruments, facilities (including MREFCs), datasets, and cyber-services must be integrated from the group to campus to national scale. One can imagine secure, geographically distributed infrastructure components including advanced computing facilities, scientific instruments, software environments, advanced networks, data storage capabilities, and the critically important human capital and expertise. Greater understanding is also needed of how scientific and research communities will evolve in the presence of new cyberinfrastructure. 

More details can be found in the 2012 CIF21 Vision.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) is a portfolio of activities to provide integrated cyber resources that will enable new multidisciplinary research opportunities in all science and engineering fields by leveraging ongoing investments and using common approaches and components. Researchers in all fields of science and engineering are being challenged in two key directions. The first challenge is to push beyond the current boundaries of knowledge to provide ever-deeper insights through fundamental disciplinary research by addressing increasingly complex questions, which often requires extremely sophisticated integration of theoretical, experimental, observational and simulation and modeling results. These efforts, which have relied heavily on observing platforms and other data collection efforts, computing facilities, software, advanced networking, analytics, visualization and models have led to important breakthroughs in all areas of science and engineering and represent a very strong bottom-up approach to the necessary research infrastructure. The second, and more extensive challenge, is to synthesize these fundamental ground breaking efforts across multiple fields to transform scientific research into an endeavor that integrates the deep knowledge and research capabilities developed within the universities, industry and government labs. Individuals, teams and communities need to be able work together; likewise, instruments, facilities (including MREFCs), datasets, and cyber-services must be integrated from the group to campus to national scale. One can imagine secure, geographically distributed infrastructure components including advanced computing facilities, scientific instruments, software environments, advanced networks, data storage capabilities, and the critically important human capital and expertise. Greater understanding is also needed of how scientific and research communities will evolve in the presence of new cyberinfrastructure. As part of the concept of OneNSF, CIF21will span the scientific domains of NSF. Initially, CIF21 will focus on four interconnected components that underpin efforts to realize the potential of computational approaches: 1) Data-enabled Science; 2) Community Research Networks; 3) New Computational Infrastructure; and 4) Access and Connections to Cyberinfrastructure Facilities. CIF21-Related Activities and Opportunities: [Coming Soon]

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

Dear Colleague Letter: Cyberinfrastructure Framework in Mathematical and Physical Sciences (NSF 12-003)

Dear Colleague Letter: Cyberinfrastructure in Support of Biological Sciences (NSF 12-019)

Dear Colleague Letter - IGERT-CIF21 Track (NSF 12-059)

Advanced Computing Infrastructure: Vision and Strategic Plan (NSF 12-051)

A Vision and Strategy for Software for Science, Engineering, and Education: Cyberinfrastructure Framework for the 21st Century (NSF 12-113)

RELATED PROGRAMS

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program-CIF21 Track

Metadata for Long-standing Large-Scale Social Science Surveys

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2

RELATED URLS

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation

Implementation of NSF Software Vision

A Vision and Strategy for Data in Science, Engineering, and Education

Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI) Task Force Reports

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