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									New NSF Initiative on CDI: Phil Westmoreland

The National Science Foundation has announced a new, five-year initiative on Cyber-Enabled
Discovery and Innovation (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/cdi/). The program is anticipated to
total $750 million, beginning with $52 million in the first year. The first opportunity to apply is
this year. Required Letters of Intent are due on November 30, and
preproposals are due January 8.

Because NSF held an information workshop at the 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake
City (Monday, November 5, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Room 251E of the Salt Palace
Convention Center), only a few remarks were presented to make sure everyone was aware of the
CDI initiative.

Three themes are emphasized in the CDI solicitation: Data to Knowledge, Understanding
Complexity, and Building Virtual Organizations. They are natural for CoMSEF researchers and
their collaborators. Furthermore, significant resources will be provided for these multi-
investigator projects, in contrast to the usual single-investigator / single-graduate-student model
of the NSF programs' awards. Targets of the proposals must be of interest to multiple disciplines
as well.

As you examine the solicitation's web site, I hope you will strongly consider it as an opportunity.

Phillip R. Westmoreland
Program Director, Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems (CFP)

National Science Foundation, Rm 525.03
4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22230
703-292-8695; FAX 703-292-9054

								
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