From wbainbri@nsf.gov Mon Nov 15 06:56:37 1999
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 08:50:35 -0500
From: "Bainbridge, William"
To: "'G. David Garson'" , Ronald Anderson , Betty Blecha , Douglas White , Michael Vasu , Ed Brent , Carmen Cirincione , Ed Carpenter , William Dutton , Carl Grafton , Al Anderson , Grant Blank , David Crookall , "Bainbridge, William" , Steve Frantzich , John Gray , David Heise , Kenneth Kraemer , Raymond Lee , Bruce Tonn
Subject: NSF Information Technology Research competition - pass it on...

Social and behavioral scientists who plan to do research related to new information technology, or to develop new methods of information management with social and behavioral data, may wish to check out NSF's new Information Technology Research (ITR) program solicitation:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99167/nsf99167.htm

The solicitation has several parts, and four may be of special interest to social and behavioral scientists: Information Technology Education and Workforce; Human-Computer Interface; Information Management; Social and Economic Implications of Information Technology. In addition, the announcement includes opportunities for international collaboration. The synopsis of the ITR announcement says:

Over the past decade, the Federal Government has provided crucial investments in information science and engineering, such as the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program and the Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI). The recent report of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) noted the important contribution this investment has made, but cautioned that federal support for long-term research on information technology has been "dangerously inadequate." This report has led the Administration to seek additional funding research in information technology. Congressional bill HR 2086 also calls for NSF to make grants for "long-term basic research on networking and information technology, with priority given to research that helps address issues related to high end computing and software and network stability, fragility, reliability, security (including privacy), and scalability."

This solicitation requests proposals for fundamental research in information technology, encouraging in particular research spanning information technology and scientific applications, and in the area of social, ethical and workforce issues. Pending availability of funds, a separate solicitation will be issued for a terascale computer facility for high-end science and engineering.

NSF encourages multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional proposals as well as proposals with international cooperation. NSF has particular responsibility to address educational and community-extending activities. Thus NSF expects that proposals will address and include one or more community-extending concepts such as undergraduate education or links to minority serving institutions, or institutions in EPSCOR states.