Cyberinfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students (CIEG): Supplements
Dear Colleague Letter
This Division of Design and Manufacturing Innovation (DMI) Dear
Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to provide supplemental funding to
current awardees to support graduate students to gain experience
with cyberinfrastructure tools at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
This DCL concerns opportunities for graduate students. The National
Science Foundation (NSF), through the DMI Division in the Directorate
for Engineering (ENG), announces the Cyberinfrastructure Experiences
for Graduate Students (CIEG) initiative. CIEG will support 10-week
summer visits by graduate students to visit the San Diego Supercomputer
Center. The visits must be related to the objectives of ongoing
work in current projects. The experience should promote the on-going
use of cyber tools within the Ph.D. dissertation topic of the students,
and help foster a generation of researchers for whom such tools
are incorporated naturally into advancing the research field.
Supplement Request Deadline Date and Time: Due by December 1, 2006,
5 p.m. submitter’s local time.
Eligible proposers are limited to current awardees of the following
programs within the Division of Design & Manufacturing Innovation
in the Directorate for Engineering:
- Operations Research
- Service Enterprise Engineering
- Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
To be eligible, the expiration dates, including no-cost extension,
of current awards must fall on or after September
1, 2007. The maximum duration for CIEG supplements is one
The Division of Design & Manufacturing Innovation (DMI) supports
fundamental research in design, manufacturing, and service. In
an ever more complex and inter-connected world, research in these
areas requires significant cyberinfrastructure resources. In particular,
the integration of vast amounts of data and computation is required
to make real-time decisions in a global manufacturing and service
enterprise. The computational and data demands are particularly
great if it is necessary to incorporate risk and uncertainty into
the decision models. Current and future research in these areas
will require the use of cyberinfrastructure. (For more information
on the importance of cyberinfrastructure to science and engineering,
DMI would like to expand the community of researchers with the
necessary skills and experience to conduct sophisticated research
involving cyberinfrastructure. To this end, the division plans
to fund extended visits by graduate students to the NSF San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC). As part of such a visit, the graduate
student would receive training in the use of the facilities of
SDSC, and would be supervised by a mentor who would provide customized
guidance corresponding to the student’s particular research
questions. The goal of the visit is to have the student use cyberinfrastructure
tools as part of the dissertation research, as well as to provide
the supercomputing center with insight into the types of computational
problems that arise from DMI research. The graduate student would
be funded as a supplement to an existing research project, and
it is hoped that the visit will lead to increased use of cyberinfrastructure
tools in the research project.
The summer visits would be coordinated so there would be a cohort
of students taking part. This offers the potential of building
a community of researchers with the capacity to work on the complex
research questions important to DMI. The students will live in
student housing at the University of California, San Diego. The
arrangements for housing will be made as part of the award process,
with the funding provided through the grant supplement.
SUPPLEMENT AWARD INFORMATION AND ALLOWABLE COSTS
NSF will accept requests for supplements to existing awardees to
support graduate students whose dissertation topics would benefit
from the use of cyberinfrastructure tools and resources. Each submission
may only request funding for a single graduate student. The supplementary
funding would support travel expenses for the graduate student,
a local subsistence allowance, a preliminary training visit to
the supercomputing center, and travel funds for a short visit by
the student’s advisor; funds would also support attendance
at an NSF-sponsored workshop by the student and the advisor. The
workshop will be held as part of the 2008 DMI Grantees’ Conference,
tentatively scheduled for January 7-10, 2008.
The proposed cyberinfrastructure activities should fall within
the general scope of the existing NSF-funded project for which
supplemental funding is requested. The funded time spent at the
supercomputer center would be for a 10-week summer visit plus a
preliminary week-long training visit in the preceding spring. The
tentative dates for the summer visit are July 1 to September 8,
2007. It is anticipated that the preliminary training will occur
between April 16 and April 27, 2007. These dates are subject to
It is expected that the major portion of the NSF funding will
go toward the travel-related expenses and living expenses. It is
expected that the student’s stipend and tuition would already
be paid for out of the existing NSF-funded project or from other
- General guidelines for allowable budget categories are:
- Transportation costs for each graduate student for the
- Local subsistence allowance for each graduate
student for the summer visit; housing and meals will be provided
by the University of California, San Diego; the fee will be approximately
$3,000 for the 10-week visit;
- Travel funds for faculty advisor’s
short visit for purposes of supervision and coordination;
for the preliminary training visit by the graduate student; and
for the graduate student to attend the post-visit workshop at
the 2008 DMI Grantees’ conference; it is anticipated
that funding for the student’s advisor will come from
the advisor’s grant.
The total budget must not be more than $15,000.
All supplement awards are subject to (a) the availability of
funds, and (b) review of the quality of proposals.
Indirect costs are not allowed. The supplement request and the
budget must be submitted through FastLane. See instructions
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING SUPPLEMENT REQUESTS
Principal Investigators must contact the NSF program officer responsible
for their grants to be supplemented in advance of submitting a
request. The title of the request should begin with the acronym
CIEG. The supplement request should focus on the cyberinfrastructure
aspects of the project; extended discussion of the underlying research
project is not required. In addition to these review criteria,
NSF will take into consideration the value added by the extent
to which the proposal integrates research and education and promotes
The request must include the following information:
five pages: A concise, substantive summary of the graduate
dissertation topic, and an explanation of how the cyberinfrastructure
experiences will enhance the dissertation research. The summary
should make clear how the cyberinfrastructure experiences will
be incorporated into the dissertation research. The summary
- A description of the cyberinfrastructure tools and resources
that are likely to be required.
- A summary of the student’s
experiences and accomplishments in relevant areas of computational
science and engineering.
- An explanation of the relevance
of the dissertation research to the existing NSF-funded research
- A list of measures that could be used to measure
the success of the project.
- A proposed budget submitted
- Biography of the student (maximum two
pages, in the form specified by the NSF Grant Proposal Guide).
It is recommended that the PIs review the capabilities of
SDSC (http://www.sdsc.edu/). It may also be helpful to review
the guidelines for SDSC proposals for the use of their facilities:
Disciplinary NSF program officers in the Division of Design & Manufacturing
Innovation will manage the review of requests. Requests
must be submitted through FastLane in accordance with
Sec. II.D.2.b of NSF Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 04-23, accessible
In preparing the budget, refer to NSF Grant Policy Manual
and put applicable budget items under Participants Support;
see Sec. 618 for more information.
All proposals received by the due date will be reviewed by NSF
program officers using NSF merit review criteria; see Sec. III.A
of NSF 04-23. Proposals will also be reviewed by representatives
of SDSC to ensure that (a) the Center has the appropriate resources
to support the research proposed, and (b) an appropriate mentor
is available to supervise the student during the summer visit.
It is anticipated that each program will make up to four awards.
Each principal investigator may submit only one request.
Within one year after completion of the trip, the faculty advisor
and the graduate student are expected to prepare a paper or trip
report to be submitted to NSF that details the experience of the
trip and its impact on the dissertation and the NSF-funded research
Students and their faculty advisors are expected to attend and
present their report at a one-day post-visit workshop held in conjunction
with the 2008 DMI Grantees’ Conference.
If you are interested in submitting a supplemental request, you
must contact your NSF program officer. If you have questions concerning
this dear-colleague letter, please contact one of the NSF staff
Stephen Nash, Operations Research Program, Division
of Design & Manufacturing
Innovation, Directorate for Engineering, (703) 292-7902. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Realff, Service Enterprise Engineering
Program, Division of Design & Manufacturing Innovation,
Directorate for Engineering, (703) 292-7081. E-mail: email@example.com.
Deshmukh, Manufacturing Enterprise Systems Program, Division
of Design & Manufacturing Innovation, Directorate
for Engineering, (703) 292-7061. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.