Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI): Crosscutting Programs

Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Vipin  Chaudhary Micah  Beck
Amy  Walton CISE/OAC Stefan  A. Robila CISE/OAC
Peter  H. McCartney BIO/DBI Almadena  Y. Chtchelkanova CISE/CCF
Sol  Greenspan CISE/CCF Sylvia  Spengler CISE/IIS
John  C. Cherniavsky Ronald  Joslin ENG/CBET
Christina  Payne ENG/CBET Joanne  D. Culbertson ENG/CMMI
Jenshan  Lin ENG/ECCS Subhashree (Shree)  Mishra GEO/AGS
Nigel  A. Sharp MPS/AST Evelyn  Goldfield MPS/CHE
Lin  He MPS/CHE Daryl  W. Hess MPS/DMR
Christopher  W. Stark MPS/DMS Vyacheslav (Slava)  Lukin MPS/PHY
Bogdan  Mihaila CISE/CCF Cheryl  L. Eavey SBE/SES


Solicitation  19-548

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program continues the CSSI program by removing the distinction between software and data elements/framework implementations, and instead emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation.  

The CSSI umbrella program anticipates four classes of awards:

  • Elements: These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations: These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework providing Cyberinfrastructure (CI) services to a diverse community or communities.
  • Planning Grants for Community Cyberinfrastructure: Planning awards focus on the establishment of long-term cyberinfrastructure services, which would serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.
  • Community Cyberinfrastructure Implementations: These Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in cyberinfrastructure services, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

This particular CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards.  

Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should be aware that this is a multi-directorate activity and that they are encouraged to submit proposals with broad, interdisciplinary interests. Further, not all divisions are participating at the same level and division-specific priorities differ. Thus, PIs interested in responding to this solicitation are encouraged to refer to core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted descriptions on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight about the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals may be responsive. Prospective PIs should also refer to the directorate/division-specific descriptions contained in Section II of this solicitation.

Finally, it is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact program officer(s) from the list of Cognizant Program Officers in the division(s) that typically support the scientists and engineers who would make use of the proposed work, to gain insight into the priorities for the relevant areas of science and engineering to which their proposals should be responsive. As part of contacting Cognizant Program Officers, prospective PIs are also encouraged to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program