Tag Archive: NSF CISE

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

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.

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Quality Research Experiences Anchor the Future of CISE Undergraduate Education


The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) makes substantial investments in promoting undergraduate research opportunities. These investments reflect the value that CISE attaches to a well-designed undergraduate research experience; it can be an essential, unifying element of a quality CISE-centric undergraduate program. In this article, CISE describes its approach to undergraduate research experiences, and calls on faculty to further promote a culture of undergraduate research within academic departments to strengthen the impact of current and future CISE investments.

With undergraduate enrollment in computing majors growing, up 24.1% from last year as reported in this year’s Taulbee Survey, we as a community have a responsibility to ensure quality research experiences for our students. Quality undergraduate research experiences are essential for students in all STEM disciplines, particularly students pursuing degrees in computer, information, and computational science and engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of computing (and closely related) disciplines has produced a new generation of students seeking blended degree programs that weave together computing and other disciplines through courses and deeper experiential learning. The rapidly evolving nature of computing disciplines coupled with the pervasive nature of computing and the explosion of computational and data-enabled approaches to problem-solving demand unifying research experiences to prepare students for the fullest career opportunities and to address workforce needs that will sustain our field’s leadership well into the future.

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Highlights of the President’s FY2017 Budget Request for CISE


On February 9, 2016, President Obama delivered his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget Request to Congress. The Request includes approximately $8 billion for NSF and $995 million for the CISE directorate – an increase of approximately $59 million or 6.3 percent above the FY 2015 Estimate for CISE.

The CISE request includes $938 million in discretionary funding, plus $56 million in new mandatory funding. This means that for FY 2017, the Administration will be seeking legislation to provide mandatory funding for NSF on a one-time basis. The purpose of this mandatory funding is to sustain the Administration’s prioritization of research and development (For more information, read the President’s budget message as well as the White House Fact Sheet for the President’s FY 2017 Budget).

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Computer Science for All


It is a very exciting time for Computer Science (CS) education! I know our community was proud and excited to hear President Obama explicitly call out CS education in his final State of the Union address. Even more recently, on Saturday, January 30th, the President unveiled the Computer Science for All initiative in his weekly […]

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NSF/CISE Continues to Lead Efforts to Spur Data Science Innovation


The Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program continues and scales up the innovation activities initiated by the White House in 2012 with the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The overarching vision for the network of BD Hubs is to create an agile and sustainable national Big Data innovation ecosystem that enables the United States to better leverage Big Data technologies and techniques in addressing societal challenges, increasing productivity and spurring economic development, enhancing scientific discovery, and providing for national defense and security.

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NSF/CISE Plays Leadership Role in New Federal Smart Cities Initiative


On Monday, Sept. 15th, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director, Dr. France Córdova, joined other federal science leaders at the White House, including the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Megan Smith, to help kick off a new government-wide Smart Cities Initiative. NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to be playing a leadership role in this initiative.