Congratulations 2020 Computing Innovation Fellows!


September 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of daily life and work, including what would normally be the new faculty recruiting season at institutions that perform research in computer and information science and engineering. In response, the National Science Foundation funded the 2020 Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project earlier this year, a short-term effort to ensure that recent and upcoming U.S. Ph.D.s in these areas can remain productive in the research community until permanent research positions become available. Supported through a $17 million award from NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), this effort was inspired by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) 2009-2011 CIFellows cohorts, which funded a total of 127 fellows after the 2008 recession.

Within one month of announcing the 2020 CRA/CCC program, 550 applications were submitted covering a wide variety of research areas and over 140 universities. The applications were reviewed by more than 270 members of the community under a tight two-week deadline.

The 2020 class of CIFellows comprises 59 diverse researchers covering a broad range of research areas in computing and information sciences. The class of CIFellows is 52% women, comes from 46 universities, and will see the CIFellows beginning their fellowships at 43 different universities. You can find out more about each of the 2020 CIFellows and the program here.

CRA and CCC will continue to work with the computing and information sciences community to ensure that this program facilitates professional development for the CIFellows in supportive environments to foster the talent of the future computing research community. Please join us in congratulating the new CIFellows!

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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