NSF CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) Solicitation

Program Summary

NOTE: Please note that you are only required to participate in this limited submission process if you are applying for an Institutional Infrastructure (II) award. Those interested in applying for Community Infrastructure (CI) awards are not required to participate in the limited submission process.

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions. Each Institutional Infrastructure (II) award supports the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure. The proposed research infrastructure must enable compelling new research opportunities for the proposing PI or team of PIs and associated students and collaborators (i.e., for individuals at the awardee and collaborating institutions). II proposals involving multiple investigators from one or more departments and/or institutions are welcome. Projects must include substantial involvement of CISE researchers and enable projects with a clear research focus related to the core CISE disciplines. II proposals that are led by or include 2-year, predominantly undergraduate, and/or minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged. II proposals may request up to $1 million total for project durations not to exceed 3 years.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST August 7, 2018

Sponsor Preliminary Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST November 7, 2018

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST January 10, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Description (Up to 2 pages): Please include the following: title, project type, (II-new, II-EN), project personnel (PI, co-PIs, lead institution, collaborators), infrastructure to be developed, CISE research focus, sample research project summary, nature of community involvement, and relevance to CISE.
  • PI CV / Biosketch (Up to 2 pages)
  • Budget Overview (Up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6237


There are no special restrictions are limits.

Limited Submission Guidelines

A university or organization may submit no more than three Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals per competition. There is no limit on Community Infrastructure (CI) proposals per competition.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: The majority of the Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards will be made in the $200,000 - $750,000 range, though a small number of II awards may be made in the $750,000 - $1,000,000 range.

Award Term: Institutional Infrastructure (II) project durations are not to exceed 3 years.

Estimated Number of Institutional Infrastructure (II) Awards: up to 15