Tag Archive: NSF CISE

Information from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer & Information Science (CISE).

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Expanding the Pipeline: The Context, Importance, and Experience of Writing Departmental BPC Plans

Efforts to increase participation from minoritized communities has been going on in earnest for over a decade. Unfortunately, we have yet to expand the group of faculty and staff engaged in these activities and have only made a marginal difference in who is studying computing. This article discusses BPC Plans as an attempt to supplement and scale-up the computing community’s efforts to address the issue of lack of diversity in computing.

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CERP Announces Web App to Access Statistics Relevant to the CRA Community on BPCnet.org

In support of the NSF CISE initiative to Broaden Participation in Computing (BPC) and BPCnet.org, CERP has created a web app to facilitate access to statistics helpful to the CRA community. This web app can be used to quickly generate statistics for use in NSF proposals, particularly those that require BPC Plans.

Serve as a Rotator at the National Science Foundation to Influence Computer and Information Science Research and Funding

It is an exciting, impactful, and important time to be in computer science, not only as a researcher or educator, but also as an expert serving the community – and we want to invite you to consider opportunities for service at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) provides more than 80 percent of the federal funding for academic computer science research in our country.  CISE also supports computing education at all levels (from K-12 through graduate education), as well as advanced research cyberinfrastructure for all areas of science and engineering.

Should NSF CISE Implement a No-Deadlines Approach?

Our friends at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have asked for research community input on a proposed policy change to eliminate/reduce deadlines for core programs in the CISE Directorate. Given the increased pressures on securing federal funding and, in some cases, reduced capacity for grant management at computing research institutions, do you think the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate should follow the lead of the BIO and GEO directorates and consider eliminating or reducing deadlines for proposal submissions? What positive or negative impact could such a shift have on our community?

Please fill out this informal, non-scientific survey and let us know. We’ll collect responses through May 15th and then share the collective feedback with NSF.

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Updates on NSF CISE Leadership

Updates on 2018 leadership changes within the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).

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The President’s FY2018 Budget Request for CISE

On May 23, 2017, President Trump delivered his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request to Congress. The Request proposes $6.6 billion for NSF (a decrease of 11.1% from the actual FY 2016 NSF budget), including a proposal of $839 million for the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE; a decrease of 10.3% from the actual FY 2016 budget). The President’s FY 2018 Budget Request for NSF can be found at <https://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2018/index.jsp>.

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Finding a Role for Your Department in the Computer Science for All Initiative

This year, a national initiative called Computer Science for All (CS for All) was announced in the President’s weekly address, drawing national attention to CS education. The initiative, led by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with other federal agencies and private partners, aims to ensure CS education is available to all K-12 students across the U.S.

CS for All has gained tremendous momentum, and it was the subject of many conversations at the 2016 CRA Conference at Snowbird. A session on Tuesday evening provided the opportunity to talk with faculty from leading computing departments about ways their departments are supporting CS for All.