Access to Commercial Cloud Computing Resources for CISE-MSI Program

With their Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the CISE directorate wishes to notify the community of a new partnership with commercial cloud computing providers specifically for CISE-MSI proposers and awardees. In particular, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure have each agreed to provide cloud computing resources (“credits”) toward projects funded through the CISE-MSI program. These credits will match NSF funding for access to the commercial cloud computing resources, and will not count toward the proposal budget limits.

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) recently launched a new, focused program to support research expansion for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The goal of this program, the CISE MSI Research Expansion (CISE-MSI) program (NSF 21-533), is to broaden participation in CISE Core and other participating research programs by increasing the number of CISE-funded research projects from MSIs. MSIs are central to inclusive excellence: they foster innovation, cultivate current and future undergraduate and graduate computer and information science and engineering talent, and bolster long-term U.S. competitiveness. Details about the CISE-MSI program can be found in the program solicitation.

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