Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Increasingly, data- and compute-intensive research and education efforts are benefiting from access to cloud computing platforms, which provide robust, agile, reliable, and scalable infrastructure. To better support this growing use of cloud computing resources, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to fund an entity that can serve as a principal interface between the CISE research and education community and public cloud computing providers. Through this solicitation, NSF will support an entity that will have multiple responsibilities, including: 1) establishing partnerships with the various public cloud computing providers; 2) assisting NSF in allocating cloud computing resources to qualifying CISE-funded projects; 3) managing cloud computing accounts and resources allocated to individual CISE projects; 4) providing user training and other support to CISE researchers and educators using cloud computing in their work; and 5) providing strategic technical guidance for CISE researchers and educators interested in using public cloud computing platforms.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1


  • Duke Internal: November 28, 2018
  • Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date (required): December 20, 2018
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 19, 2019

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at fundopps@duke.edu to find out if it is still open.

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Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

An organization may participate in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

Collaborative proposals should be submitted from one organization. If awarded, a single award would be made to the submitting organization, with any collaborators listed as subawards. Collaborative proposals submitted from multiple organizations are not allowed.



Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000

The maximum award amount is $5,000,000 via a Cooperative Agreement, pending the availability of funds and quality of proposals received. The annual project operating costs are not expected to exceed $850,000 per year for five years, for a total of $4,250,000. The proposed budget may also include a request, not to exceed $750,000, for initial cloud computing resources, as part of the maximum $5,000,000 award amount (see section II, Program Description). Future cloud computing resources may be supported through supplemental funding requests by the awardee organization.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
  • DRAFT Project Description (4-page limit). The Project Description should have the following clearly labeled sections:
    1. Investigator information: All PIs, co-PIs, and Senior Personnel with their institutional and departmental affiliations should be listed.
    2. A concise description of the scope of work for the entity, including cloud-facing and community-facing functions necessary for the operation of the entity.
    3. Team experience aligning with scope of work.
    4. Project schedule of activities showing the sequence of anticipated goals and milestones.
  • CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Applicant%20Instruc...

Internal Deadline

November 28, 2018

External Deadline

December 20, 2018