DARPA: Neural Engineering System Design
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published the attached solicitation entitled Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) that seeks to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate in animal and human subjects a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons, stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons, and performing continuous, simultaneous full-duplex (read and write) interaction with at least one thousand neurons in regions of the human sensory cortex.
In addition to achieving substantial advances in scale of interface (independent channel count), proposed systems must also demonstrate simultaneous high-precision in neural activity detection, transduction, and encoding, with single-neuron spike-train precision for each independent channel.” NESD has 2 major technical areas: Neural Transducers and Algorithms, and Hardware, Prototyping, and Manufacture, which are described on pp. 8-11 of the solicitation.
NESD is an interdisciplinary program that will require teaming between academia and industry. To facilitate collaboration, DARPA plans to host an NESD Proposers’ Day on 2-3 Feb in Arlington, VA. Registration is required by noon on 28 Jan. ORE may be able to offer some travel support to attend. Note that ORNL would like to explore partnering with UT.
Proposal Abstract: A 7-page (max) proposal abstract is due by 4:00 pm on Feb. 25.
Anticipated Award Amount: DARPA expects to award up to $60M for the NESD program. Multiple awards are therefore anticipated, with a 4-year period of performance.
Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) NSF 16-533
The objective of this program is to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions. As funding agencies move toward providing openly accessible data, the possibilities for scientists and engineers to use data sources beyond those created by their own community grow.
The scope of the workflow encompasses instruments, processing software, analysis tools, computing and storage resources as well as information repositories and data archives. In order to produce accurate results, each data source must be identifiable and trustworthy. Systems must guarantee that data sets cannot be altered, which could potentially modify the analytic outcomes. CICI comprises two Program Areas:
- Secure and Resilient Architecture and
- Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 7 to 9
Anticipated Funding Amount: Secure and Resilient Architecture awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total per award for up to three years. Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total per award for up to two years.
Full Proposal Deadline: Apr. 19, 2016
Software Infrastructure for sustained Innovation (SI2: SSE & SSI) NSF 16-532
The goal of the SI2 program is to create a software ecosystem that includes all levels of the software stack and scales from individual or small groups of software innovators to large hubs of software excellence. The program addresses all aspects of cyberinfrastructure, from embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and computing systems, to major instruments and facilities. Thus, SI2 will continue to nurture the interdisciplinary processes required to support the entire software lifecycle, and will successfully integrate software development and support with innovation and research. Furthermore, it will result in the development of sustainable software communities that transcend scientific and geographical boundaries. SI2envisions vibrant partnerships among academia, government laboratories and industry, including international entities, for the development and stewardship of a sustainable software infrastructure that can enhance productivity and accelerate innovation in science and engineering. Furthermore, SI2 recognizes that integrated education activities will play a key role in sustaining the cyberinfrastructure over time and in developing a workforce capable of fully realizing its potential to transform science and engineering.
The SI2 program includes three classes of awards:
- Scientific Software Elements (SSE): SSE awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust software elements for which there is a demonstrated; these software elements will in turn advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
- Scientific Software Integration (SSI): SSI awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common software infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering. SSI awards will result in a sustainable community software framework serving a diverse community or communities.
- Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2): S2I2 awards will focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in software infrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.
Note: This solicitation includes only SSE and SSI classes of awards. For S2I2 proposals in FY2016 please refer to solicitation NSF 15-553. At present, there is no solicitation that addresses S2I2 proposals for 2017 and beyond.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 22
Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $5,000,000 is expected to be available for SSE proposals, and up to $12,500,000 is expected to be available for awards to SSI proposals.
Full Proposal Deadline: SSE: Apr.26, 2016, and Feb. 21, 2017. SSI: Sept. 19, 2016, and Sept. 19, 2017
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