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ACCELERATING DISCOVERY IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING THROUGH PETASCALE SIMULATIONS AND ANALYSIS   (PetaApps)


Program Solicitation
NSF 08-592

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 07-559

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National Science Foundation

Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Directorate for Engineering

Directorate for Geosciences

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

     October 30, 2008

REVISION NOTES

 

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Program Title: 

ACCELERATING DISCOVERY IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING THROUGH PETASCALE SIMULATIONS AND ANALYSIS  (PetaApps)

Synopsis of Program:

This solicitation seeks proposals to develop the future simulation and analysis tools that can use petascale computing to advance the frontiers of scientific and engineering research.   Proposals are sought from researchers aiming to capitalize on emerging petascale computing architectures, catalyzing potentially transformative research.  NSF's emphasis is on implementation and exploitation of forefront techniques.   Proposers must be prepared to demonstrate that they have a research problem that requires and can exploit petascale computing capabilities.  Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing. 

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

  • Abani  Patra, Program Director, OCI, telephone: (703) 292-8970, email: apatra@nsf.gov

  • Almadena  Chtchelkanova, Program Director, CISE, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email: achtchel@nsf.gov

  • Clark  Cooper, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-7899, email: ccooper@nsf.gov

  • Daryl  Hess, Program Director, MPS/DMR, telephone: (703) 292-4942, email: dhess@nsf.gov

  • Eric   C Itsweire, Program Director, GEO/OCE, telephone: (703) 292-7593, email: eitsweir@nsf.gov

  • Hans  Kaper, Program Director, MPS/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-4859, email: hkaper@nsf.gov

  • Raima   M Larter, Program Director, MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-5344, email: rlarter@nsf.gov

  • Ping  Li, Program Director, SBE, telephone: (703) 292-8643, email: p-li@nsf.gov

  • Stephen  Meacham, Program Director, OCI, telephone: (703) 292-8970, email: smeacham@nsf.gov

  • Scott   F Midkiff, Program Director, ENG/ECCS, telephone: (703) 292-8339, email: smidkiff@nsf.gov

  • Barry  Schneider, Program Director, MPS/PHY, telephone: (703) 292-7383, email: bschneid@nsf.gov

  • Nigel  Sharp, Program Director, MPS/AST, telephone: (703) 292-4905, email: nsharp@nsf.gov

  • Phillip   R Westmoreland, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-8695, email: pwestmor@nsf.gov

  • Eva  Zanzerkia, Program Director, GEO/EAR, telephone: (703) 292-8556, email: ezanzerk@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.041 --- Engineering
  • 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 47.050 --- Geosciences
  • 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • 47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • 47.080 --- Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:  Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards:    11 to  16  

Anticipated Funding Amount:   $18,000,000  including anticipated out-year commitments, pending availability of funds

Eligibility Information

Organization Limit: 

None Specified

PI Limit: 

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: 2

 An individual may be the PI or co-PI in no more than two proposal that responds to this solicitation.  There is no limit on the number of proposals with which an individual may be associated as senior personnel to provide specific expertise. 

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not Applicable
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not Applicable
  • Full Proposals:
    • Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.
    • Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/grantsgovguide607.pdf)

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost Sharing is not required under this solicitation.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:  Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

         October 30, 2008

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria:   National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions:   Standard NSF award conditions apply.

Reporting Requirements:   Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary of Program Requirements

  1. Introduction

  2. Program Description

  3. Award Information

  4. Eligibility Information

  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements

  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. NSF Merit Review Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process

  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements

  8. Agency Contacts

  9. Other Information

I. INTRODUCTION

 By 2011, it is anticipated that researchers will be able to access a rich mix of High Performance Computing (HPC) systems with some capable of delivering sustained performance in excess of one petaflop per second.  Trends in HPC architecture are such that, at the highest end, production systems in the next two to three years are expected to consist of tens of thousands to a few hundred thousand processors, with each processor containing multiple cores, each core capable of executing multiple threads, and, often, arithmetic units that support small vector instructions.  These features present a programmer with a number of different ways to exploit different types of parallelism within algorithms.  Optimizing performance involves many challenges, including discovering and exploiting parallelism within codes and overlapping different types of operations.  Multi-level caches, local and remote main memory, intra-nodal and inter-nodal communication networks and parallel I/O interfaces offer an increasingly deep hierarchy of latency within computing systems.  In addition, other types of commercial HPC system designs are emerging, including hybrid systems where general purpose processors are coupled with specialized co-processors, either on-chip or separate.

Several recent developments can simplify the challenge of developing research codes that scale to large fractions of leading-edge computing systems.  One such development consists of increasingly sophisticated techniques for fine-grained performance analysis that take advantage of improved hardware and software instrumentation.  Performance modeling enables an investigator to predict the performance of a well-characterized code on new systems and thus to structure the code so that it is more portable across a range of HPC systems.  Another example is the development of more sophisticated compilers that offer simpler programming models; for example, Partitioned Global Address Space compilers, such as Co-Array Fortran, UPC and Titanium, together with their underlying native-mode communications libraries. 

New modeling techniques enable researchers to take a more comprehensive view of physical social and behavioral phenomena stretching across disparate length and time scales, including the capability to match details accurately at the scale boundaries.  As our ability to simulate multi-scale phenomena increases, in some cases it may become important to include stochastic effects to represent aspects of phenomena at the microscopic scale. Thus there is a need for sophisticated statistical sampling techniques in large-scale scientific computations.  New statistical and geometrical techniques have increased our ability to uncover structure in seemingly uncorrelated multi-dimensional data sets.  New numerical algorithms for modeling such phenomena can take advantage of petascale computing architectures.  Many of these advances are only slowly being included in computationally intensive scientific and engineering research. Widespread adoption of systematic methodologies for validation, verification and related methodologies of model and parameter uncertainty quantification generate petascale and beyond computational requirements for complex realistic models.  

This solicitation seeks proposals to develop the future simulation, optimization and analysis tools that can use petascale computing to advance the frontiers of scientific and engineering research.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The primary purpose of this solicitation is to support projects that will enable researchers to capitalize on emerging petascale computing architectures and thus catalyze progress in science and engineering beyond the current state-of-the-art. The emphasis is on implementation and exploitation of forefront techniques.   Proposals from or including junior researchers and/or researchers from domains outside of traditional users of HPC in collaboration with appropriate experts are encouraged as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build and grow the community capable of using petascale computing.

Proposers must be prepared to demonstrate that they have a research challenge requiring petascale computing and that they have a path to exploiting such computation capabilities effectively.  Such a path might consist of exploring new ideas for how to scale algorithms and codes from current computing capabilities to the petascale level, for the development of new algorithms and techniques that exploit O(1,000,000) processors and deep memory hierarchies, or for algorithms that require hundreds of terabytes of memory.  Research outcomes should demonstrate an ability to solve the science or engineering research challenge identified.  It is not necessary that proposals contain a complete plan to answer the science or engineering research question definitively, but PIs should show that they will, by the end of the project, be able to enlist petascale computing to tackle their problem, with a strong expectation of success. 

The codes developed should have broad impact in a particular research field and should be made freely available under one of the open-source licenses listed by the Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org) as an approved open source license.

Proposals are encouraged in the following areas, although work in other areas consistent with the solicitation goals will also be considered:

  • enhancing algorithmic scalability using techniques that better exploit multi-threaded, highly parallel, hierarchical architectures,
  • improving and creating data sampling, analysis, and clustering algorithms for massive data sets,
  • developing innovative modeling and simulation algorithms suitable for petascale systems,
  • developing software to solve forefront scientific problems on petascale systems,
  • optimizing software for specific petascale hardware or predicted “best guess” extrapolations to future hardware,
  • exploring innovative computational techniques that were not previously considered viable because of limited hardware capability,
  • conducting performance analysis and profiling of software that is heavily used but may never have been analyzed for scalability, bottle-necks, and optimization,
  • changing functioning problem solvers by substituting algorithmic implementations known from computational science research to scale more effectively to computing systems of very large scale.

The focus of the proposal may be in any of the following areas:

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Physics
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

It is anticipated that proposals funded in each of these areas have a high potential for a strategically important impact.  Projects that involve computer scientists and computational mathematicians in the development of new algorithms, programming techniques, or HPC software libraries, and that will benefit a broad range of science and engineering disciplines will be welcomed but all proposals should clearly define the research questions that will be addressable with the petascale software that the proposals intend to develop.  Successful proposals in response to this solicitation will describe projects that go beyond the scope and priorities of core programs in computational science and engineering, for example through interdisciplinary collaborations.  Investigators should include in their proposals a clearly labeled statement explaining why they believe the proposed work presents a special opportunity for early coding and testing on petascale hardware.  

III. AWARD INFORMATION

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Proposal budgets should not exceed $1.6M in size and the requested duration should not exceed five years.

IV. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION


Organization Limit: 

None Specified

PI Limit: 

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: 2

 An individual may be the PI or co-PI in no more than two proposal that responds to this solicitation.  There is no limit on the number of proposals with which an individual may be associated as senior personnel to provide specific expertise. 

Additional Eligibility Info:

V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS


A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

    Full Proposal Preparation Instructions: Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system.

    • Full proposals submitted via FastLane: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov. Proposers are reminded to identify this program solicitation number in the program solicitation block on the NSF Cover Sheet For Proposal to the National Science Foundation. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
    • Full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation via Grants.gov should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov. The complete text of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/grantsgovguide607.pdf). To obtain copies of the Application Guide and Application Forms Package, click on the Apply tab on the Grants.gov site, then click on the Apply Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package and Application Instructions link and enter the funding opportunity number, (the program solicitation number without the NSF prefix) and press the Download Package button. Paper copies of the Grants.gov Application Guide also may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

    In determining which method to utilize in the electronic preparation and submission of the proposal, please note the following:

    Collaborative Proposals. All collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system. Chapter II, Section D.3 of the Grant Proposal Guide provides additional information on collaborative proposals.

     

    Proposals must include a clearly labeled statement explaining why the investigators believe the proposed work would not be appropriate for existing NSF funding opportunities, including core programs, and a clearly labeled statement explaining why the investigators believe that the proposed work presents a special opportunity for early coding and testing on petascale hardware.

    Supplementary Documents

    Proposals should include the following sections as Supplementary Documents:

    • A list of all organizations involved in the project;
    • A single, alphabetically ordered list of all people, in the academic or professional community, who have collaborated with (within the last 48 months), or have been a Ph.D. advisee or advisor of, any of the personnel involved in the proposed project. In this list, please include, next to the name of each conflicted individual, that individual’s institution or company and the name of the project member with whom he or she has the conflict of interest. It is not necessary to list, as collaborators, personnel who are employees of an institution or company clearly involved in the project; and,
    • Letters of commitment from individuals who are from organizations other than the proposing organization or proposed sub-awardees and who are described in the Project Description as involved in the project in a senior capacity, or from authorized representatives of institutions or organizations collaborating with the lead institution.


    B. Budgetary Information

    Cost Sharing:   Cost sharing is not required under this solicitation.


    C. Due Dates

    • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

           October 30, 2008


    D. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements

    • For Proposals Submitted Via FastLane:

      Detailed technical instructions regarding the technical aspects of preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane user support, call the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail fastlane@nsf.gov. The FastLane Help Desk answers general technical questions related to the use of the FastLane system. Specific questions related to this program solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this funding opportunity.

      Submission of Electronically Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required electronic certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane Website at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp.

    • For Proposals Submitted Via Grants.gov:

      Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must register to create an institutional profile. Once registered, the applicant's organization can then apply for any federal grant on the Grants.gov website. The Grants.gov's Grant Community User Guide is a comprehensive reference document that provides technical information about Grants.gov. Proposers can download the User Guide as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF document. The Grants.gov User Guide is available at: http://www.grants.gov/CustomerSupport. In addition, the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide provides additional technical guidance regarding preparation of proposals via Grants.gov. For Grants.gov user support, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email: support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Contact Center answers general technical questions related to the use of Grants.gov. Specific questions related to this program solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this solicitation.

      Submitting the Proposal: Once all documents have been completed, the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must submit the application to Grants.gov and verify the desired funding opportunity and agency to which the application is submitted. The AOR must then sign and submit the application to Grants.gov. The completed application will be transferred to the NSF FastLane system for further processing.

    VI. NSF PROPOSAL PROCESSING AND REVIEW PROCEDURES   

    Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposal preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer's discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal.

    A. NSF Merit Review Criteria

    All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.

    The two NSB-approved merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which the reviewer is qualified to make judgements.

    What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
    How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
    What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
    How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

    Examples illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts are available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/broaderimpacts.pdf.

    NSF staff also will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:

    Integration of Research and Education
    One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.

    Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
    Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens -- women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities -- is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.

      Additional Review Criteria:

      Additional factors in the evaluation process will include the likelihood of enabling future transformative research, the importance of any products within and/or across scientific fields, the efficiency with which petascale computing will be exploited, and the appropriate use of forefront methods.  In addition, reviewers will be asked to evaluate the investigator’s statement about why the proposed work would not be appropriate for existing NSF funding opportunities, including core programs.

    B. Review and Selection Process

    Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be reviewed by Ad hoc Review and/or Panel Review.

    Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.

    After scientific, technical and programmatic review and consideration of appropriate factors, the NSF Program Officer recommends to the cognizant Division Director whether the proposal should be declined or recommended for award. NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the deadline or target date, or receipt date, whichever is later.  The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.

    A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Officer.  In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

    In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at their own risk.

    VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

    A. Notification of the Award

    Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See Section VI.B. for additional information on the review process.)

    B. Award Conditions

    An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (GC-1); * or Research Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreements also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC) and the applicable Programmatic Terms and Conditions. NSF awards are electronically signed by an NSF Grants and Agreements Officer and transmitted electronically to the organization via e-mail.

    *These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Website at http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/award_conditions.jsp?org=NSF. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

    More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions and other important information on the administration of NSF awards is contained in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.

    C. Reporting Requirements

    For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the Principal Investigator must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period. (Some programs or awards require more frequent project reports). Within 90 days after expiration of a grant, the PI also is required to submit a final project report.

    Failure to provide the required annual or final project reports will delay NSF review and processing of any future funding increments as well as any pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

    PIs are required to use NSF's electronic project-reporting system, available through FastLane, for preparation and submission of annual and final project reports.  Such reports provide information on activities and findings, project participants (individual and organizational) publications; and, other specific products and contributions.  PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.  Submission of the report via FastLane constitutes certification by the PI that the contents of the report are accurate and complete.

    VIII. AGENCY CONTACTS

    General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

    • Abani   Patra, Program Director, OCI, telephone: (703) 292-8970, email: apatra@nsf.gov

    • Almadena   Chtchelkanova, Program Director, CISE, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email: achtchel@nsf.gov

    • Clark   Cooper, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-7899, email: ccooper@nsf.gov

    • Daryl   Hess, Program Director, MPS/DMR, telephone: (703) 292-4942, email: dhess@nsf.gov

    • Eric   C   Itsweire, Program Director, GEO/OCE, telephone: (703) 292-7593, email: eitsweir@nsf.gov

    • Hans   Kaper, Program Director, MPS/DMS, telephone: (703) 292-4859, email: hkaper@nsf.gov

    • Raima   M   Larter, Program Director, MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-5344, email: rlarter@nsf.gov

    • Ping   Li, Program Director, SBE, telephone: (703) 292-8643, email: p-li@nsf.gov

    • Stephen   Meacham, Program Director, OCI, telephone: (703) 292-8970, email: smeacham@nsf.gov

    • Scott   F   Midkiff, Program Director, ENG/ECCS, telephone: (703) 292-8339, email: smidkiff@nsf.gov

    • Barry   Schneider, Program Director, MPS/PHY, telephone: (703) 292-7383, email: bschneid@nsf.gov

    • Nigel   Sharp, Program Director, MPS/AST, telephone: (703) 292-4905, email: nsharp@nsf.gov

    • Phillip   R   Westmoreland, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-8695, email: pwestmor@nsf.gov

    • Eva   Zanzerkia, Program Director, GEO/EAR, telephone: (703) 292-8556, email: ezanzerk@nsf.gov

    For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:

    For questions relating to Grants.gov contact:

    • Grants.gov Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from Grants.gov within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail: support@grants.gov.

    IX. OTHER INFORMATION

    The NSF Website provides the most comprehensive source of information on NSF Directorates (including contact information), programs and funding opportunities. Use of this Website by potential proposers is strongly encouraged. In addition, MyNSF (formerly the Custom News Service) is an information-delivery system designed to keep potential proposers and other interested parties apprised of new NSF funding opportunities and publications, important changes in proposal and award policies and procedures, and upcoming NSF Regional Grants Conferences. Subscribers are informed through e-mail or the user's Web browser each time new publications are issued that match their identified interests. MyNSF also is available on NSF's Website at http://www.nsf.gov/mynsf/.

    Grants.gov provides an additional electronic capability to search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities. NSF funding opportunities may be accessed via this new mechanism. Further information on Grants.gov may be obtained at http://www.grants.gov.

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