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Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)

 
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    CFDA#

    47.070
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology

    Authority

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Summary

    The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)  program invests in coordinated campus-level data, networking, and computing infrastructure, capabilities, and integrated services leading to higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. The 2017 CC* solicitation refocuses on networking capacity, capability and innovation, while continuing to address the challenges of applying CI expertise to enabling science. These investments are intended to exhibit demonstrable higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

    CC* awards will be made in four areas:
    • Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher;
    • Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions;
    • Network Integration and Applied Innovation; and
    • Network Performance Engineering and Outreach
    A common theme across all aspects of the CC* program is the critical importance of the partnership among campus-level CI experts, including the campus Information Technology (IT)/networking/data organization, contributing domain scientists, research groups and educators necessary to engage in, and drive, new networking capabilities and approaches in support of scientific discovery. Proposals across the program should reflect and demonstrate this partnership on campus. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of institutional partnerships, as they are expected to play a central role in developing and implementing the eventual network and data infrastructure upgrades.

    All proposals into the CC* program must include a Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CI) plan
    Within this plan, the proposed CI improvements are conceived, designed, and implemented in the context of a coherent campus-wide strategy and approach to CI that is integrated horizontally intra-campus and vertically with regional and national CI investments and best practices. This Campus CI plan must be included as a supplementary document and is limited to no more than 5 pages. Further, proposals are expected to address within the Campus CI plan the sustainability of the proposed work in terms of ongoing operational and engineering costs. 

    Since security and resilience are fundamental issues in campus CI, the Campus CI plan should address the campus-wide approach to cybersecurity in the scientific research and education infrastructure, including the campus approach to data and privacy. The plan should include the campus status and plans with respect to federated identity and specifically InCommon, including: if the campus is registered with InCommon as supporting the Research and Scholarship (R&S) Entity Category to streamline integration with research applications (see https://spaces.internet2.edu/display/InCFederation/Research+and+Scholarship+Category); and if the campus meets the InCommon Baseline Expectations for Trust in Federation (see https://spaces.internet2.edu/download/attachments/110336475/TI.34.1-BaselineExpectations-v1-2016-09.pdf?api=v2). The plan should also describe campus IPv6 deployment.

    The website, http://fasterdata.es.net/campusCIplanning/, offers a number of Campus CI plans provided by existing CC* program awardees as examples. Proposals addressing a multi-institution or regional activity and approach to coordinated and integrated CI may submit a Campus CI plan representing the multi-institution group or region.

    As noted in CISE/OACs companion solicitation, Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (NSF 17-528www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505159), security is a shared requirement across collaborative scientific environments and the institutions supporting these activities. All proposals submitted to CC* are expected to address the relevant cybersecurity issues and challenges related to their proposed activities. Depending on the type of proposal, these issues may include, but are not limited to: data integrity, privacy, network security measures, federated access and identity management, and infrastructure monitoring.

    As a campus CI program, funded activities should represent ongoing opportunities for student engagement, education, and training. Proposals that demonstrate opportunities to engage students directly in the deployment, operation, and advancement of the CI funded activities, consistent with the required Campus CI plan, are welcome.

     

    History of Funding

    Recently funded projects through this program can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?WT.si_n=ClickedAbstractsRecentAwards&WT.si_x=1&WT.si_cs=1&WT.z_pims_id=504748&ProgEleCode=1640,7726,8080&BooleanElement=Any&BooleanRef=Any&ActiveAwards=true&#results.

    Additional Information

    The program name has changed from CC*IIE to CC*DNI to CC*, to reflect on the comprehensive nature of the program in terms of investments across the cyberinfrastructure spectrum. Additional information on the reasoning behind this change is avialable in the full program solicitation.

    Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher
    Proposals submitted to this area should address network infrastructure improvements at the campus level to enable national and global high-performance end-to-end access to dynamic network services that in turn enable rapid, unimpeded movement of diverse and distributed scientific data sets and advanced computing. These networking improvements include, but are not limited to, the following types of activities:
    • Network upgrades within a campus network to support a wide range of science data flows (including large files, distributed data, sensor networks, real-time data sources, and virtualized instruments for computer systems research);
    • Re-architecting a campus network to support large science data flows, for example, by designing and building a Science DMZ (see http://fasterdata.es.net/fasterdata/science-dmz/ for more information on the Science DMZ approach); and/or
    • A network connection upgrade for the campus connection to a regional optical exchange or point-of-presence that connects to Internet2.
    Proposals may wish to consider the application of new wireless technologies as an element of their engineering solution to network-based challenges in enabling scientific research and education on their campus this may, for example, include multi-gigabit or environment-constrained technologies to connect new instrumentation, resources, or communities relevant to the proposing institution. Note that any wireless solution proposed should address research and education needs as the singular priority, as opposed to a general campus wireless network.

    Proposals must address scientific and engineering project and application drivers that require network engineering or upgrades of their existing infrastructure. Proposals must also present project-specific end-to-end scenarios for data movement, distributed computing, and other end-to-end services driving the networking upgrade. Proposals are strongly encouraged to include in their description of data movement scenarios and use cases a quantitative element, for example providing current or historical data flow rates.

    Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions
    This area supports smaller institutions with fundamental challenges to address in networking infrastructure and resources. Guidance for proposals is similar to the Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher area but with fewer required components as described below.

    This area now allows for proposals capturing the needs of multiple under-resourced institutions. Proposals to this area, as in previous years, are welcome to focus on a single institution for campus networking improvements. However, proposals are encouraged to consider an expanded impact across more than a single institution, and preference will be given to proposals whose broader impacts encompass multiple institutions. The maximum allowed award size for this area is commensurate with such an opportunity (Note: while there is nothing restricting a single campus proposal from requesting the maximum award size for their project, in past years the maximum award size for single-campus projects under the small institutions category has been $400,000). Proposals addressing a set of institutions may choose to apply an alternative design framework to the conventional single institution context and consider an aggregation model where some or all associated resources and services (Science DMZ) are centralized at a regional level.

    Proposals submitted to this area should address scientific research and education needs for improved research and education (R&E) networking connectivity on campus and/or externally. Networking improvements described in the proposal can focus on equipment and wireless or fiber/wired connectivity needed within a campus and between research and education buildings. Plans can also focus on upgrading an institutions connectivity to the national research and education community. Proposals may also point to a need to redesign their campus network to better support academic data flows, such as the Science DMZ approach (see http://fasterdata.es.net/fasterdata/science-dmz/ for more information).

    Proposals in this area should focus on establishing their institutions' science research and education needs and aspirations, and discuss how that translates to the need for greater connectedness and investment in network capacity. Institutions whose missions are primarily education-focused may choose to present their scientific needs in the context of network-enabled education activities and distance education. Proposals are encouraged to discuss research and education drivers with specific descriptions.

    Proposals may wish to consider the application of new wireless technologies as an element of their engineering approach to network-based challenges in enabling scientific research and education - this may include, for example, multi-gigabit or environment-constrained technologies to connect campuses in rural areas, or existing campus networks to new instrumentation, resources, or communities relevant to the proposing institution. Note that any wireless solution proposed should address research and education needs as the singular priority, as opposed to a general campus wireless network.

    Proposals in this area are not required to present a complete technical design and may choose to defer technical solutions and equipment purchases to the second year of activities. Therefore, vendor quotes are not required for this program area. Under this scenario, the year 1 annual report is required to provide these details with NSF approval, prior to expenditures in year 2. The NSF approval of the annual report is also subject to a successful review before the end of the first year of the technical design developed. Equipment is not expected to be fully specified in the budget; however equipment choices will be specified in the annual report and review.

    Proposals in this area are required to partner with a leadership institution in their jurisdiction or region, and at a minimum are expected to actively participate in CC*-related community events and engineering exchanges, especially in the first year while developing the technical solution. The leadership entity is expected to be experienced in high-performance R&E networking and well-resourced to be capable of actively working with the proposing institution on designing and making operational the proposed networking improvements. The partnering institution's engagement activities may be supported in the proposal and included as a sub-award or non-lead proposal.

    Proposals will be evaluated mainly on the strength of the science use cases presented - including research and education - and their quantification. Proposals will also be evaluated on the strength of institutional partnerships as they are expected to play a central role in developing and implementing the eventual network upgrades.

    Network Integration and Applied Innovation
    This program area supports end-to-end network CI through integration of existing and new technologies and applied innovation. The goal is to take advantage of research results, prototypes, and emerging innovations to use them to enable specified researchers in a networking context. Proposals in this area may leverage new and existing investments in network infrastructure, services, and tools by combining or extending capabilities to work as part of the CI environment used by scientific applications and users.

    Unlike proposals directed to the "Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher" program area that focus primarily on equipment-based data networking improvements, proposals in this area support the development and integration of innovative networking capabilities; network-related software development and deployment activities resulting in an operational environment prototype are expected to be part of the proposed activities.

    A broad range of activities is covered by this area, including but not limited to:
    • Integration of networking protocols and technologies with science application layer processes and workflows;
    • Transition of successful research prototypes in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and wireless networking technologies to distributed scientific environments and campus infrastructure;
    • Networking architectures and components explored in the Future Internet Architectures-Next Phase (FIA-NP) program;
    • Applications of networking hardware and software developed on NSFFutureCloud facilities (e.g., ChameleonCloud and CloudLab), including the integration of new technologies such as programmable network interfaces;
    • Networking solutions exploiting virtualization, distributed computing and Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), including cloud services and direct campus-to-cloud connections;
    • Innovative research prototypes integrating programmable packet processing components into campus infrastructure or exploring applications of software-defined data planes in support of high-performance data distribution; and
    • Network engineering support through the creation and application of new and novel procedures and tools and network measurement and monitoring software for solving end-to-end network performance issues, especially for dynamically constructed network services.
    Proposals in this area must identify, in the Project Description, one or more supported science or engineering research projects or applications and describe how the proposed network integration activities will support those projects, particularly in the context of addressing data movement, throughput, and predictable performance end-to-end.

    Network Performance Engineering and Outreach
    This program area will establish a national entity of expertise and resources in improving end-to-end network performance across the NSF research and education communities.

    Decades after the emergence of research and education networks dedicated to research and education data flows, the NSF community remains challenged in achieving routine, reliable, and robust high-performance end-to-end data transfer in the prolonged era of TCP/IP. The CC* program has invested in over 200 awards in the past six years, most of which confront the challenge of limited network connectivity intra-campus and inter-campus, and friction-free data movement environments. Yet even combined with nearly lossless 100 gigabits-per-second, uncongested wide area paths in the research and education networks, efficient use of end-to-end network capacity remains elusive for many researchers and their data flows. Recent years of the CC* program have seen funded activities addressing the human side of the challenge, with CI Engineer and Cyberteam awards supporting technical expertise and engagement with distributed scientific research activities and in some cases focused on enabling more effective use of data networking resources.

    Building on these investments, the Network Performance Engineering and Outreach (NPEO) program area will establish a national resource of expertise, best practices, training, practical experience, data, and applied research and development toward the goal of order-of-magnitude improvements in data transfer performance in distributed scientific research settings by applying a rigorous methodology to network performance analysis.
    NPEO activities will include, but are not limited to:
    • Serving as a centralized point of expertise, advice, and engagement for distributed scientific collaborations in identifying and solving scientific data movement inefficiencies adversely affecting time-to-science;
    • Selectively investigating and solution engineering for end-to-end performance;
    • Disseminating current practices across the NSF community on achieving highly efficient end-to-end data transfer performance, especially in high-bandwidth/high-delay environments;
    • Investigating, evaluating, and testing data movement systems and tools, transport protocols, and integrated platforms;
    • Providing analysis and objective recommendations on tools, technologies, and integrated systems related to data network movement and transfer performance;
    • Providing online and in-person training and education on network performance analysis and troubleshooting;
    • Engaging with CI Engineer/Advanced Cyberinfrastructure-Research Education Facilitator/Cyberteam award personnel, and other relevant groups comprising the collective CI engineering expertise in the community in which network performance plays an important role;
    • If appropriate, re-engineering data transfer protocols and tools (note that any software developed in the CC* program require open source licensing);
    • Defining a role in improving the communitys effectiveness in leveraging the significant distributed deployment of PerfSonar and associated active performance testing;
    • Defining a role in improving the communitys effectiveness in leveraging passive measurement capabilities and open source tools in a more effective manner;
    • Analyzing network performance and data transfer metrics, including periodic analysis to demonstrate trends and assist scientific collaborations in optimizing CI resources; and
    • Identifying potential bottlenecks in data transfers for scientific collaborations.
    All of these functions should cite existing and ongoing activities and knowledge bases and discuss how related work applies to, and is leveraged by, the NPEO projects. NPEO projects are expected to collaborate closely with related activities and groups the R&E networking community, including campuses, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and state and regional R&E networks and commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs). NPEO projects should demonstrate how they will specifically collaborate with operational entities to assist in optimizing scientific data transfers.

    Proposals should address team fitness in the context of practical engineering experience in solving science community network performance issues encompassing integrated end system platforms, multiple data transfer protocols, and the overall end-to-end network environment. Proposals are encouraged to consider how to measure effectiveness in project activities. Proposals must describe which relevant metrics will be collected and at what frequencies. Metrics data should be made available to the R&E community to assist in performance analysis and network planning.

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    1. Eligibility Details

      Eligible applicants are:

      Universities and colleges, which includes:
      • Two-and four-year colleges, and
      • Community colleges
      Non-profit, non-academic organizations, which includes:
      • Independent museums,
      • Observatories,
      • Research labs, and
      • Professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

      Deadline Details

      The program application deadline is January 30, 2018, by 5 p.m. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

      Award Details

      Approximately $10,000,000 to $17,000,000 is expected to be available in total funding (pending availability of FY18 appropriations by Congress). Cost sharing/matching is not required.
      • Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
      • Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $750,000 total for up to 2 years (The maximum allowed award size for this area is commensurate with proposals that encompass multiple institutions. In past solicitations the maximum award size for a single-campus project was $400,000. Applicants are encouraged to request funds that are appropriate for the size and scope of their project);
      • Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years; and
      • Network Performance Engineering and Outreach awards will be supported at up to $3,500,000 total for up to 4 years.
      13 to 26 total awards are expected to be made under the CC* grant program. The estimated number of awards per research area is as follows:
      • Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher is estimated to have 5-10 awards;
      • Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions is estimated to have 5-10 awards;
      • Network Integration and Applied Innovation is estimated to have 2-5 awards; and
      • Network Performance Engineering and Outreach is estimated to have 1 award.



       

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