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Research Connections is an Office of Research and Creative Activity event that provides an opportunity for networking and interaction among colleagues in the research community at NDSU. Each session features a different subject with the goal of bringing researchers together to facilitate discussion and collaboration.


Are you interested in the power of data to solve big problems? Please join NDSU colleagues to network and explore collaborations for an NSF EPSCoR funding opportunity!

Tuesday, September 11
Memorial Union Prairie Rose Room

The NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is requesting proposals for collaborations across EPSCoR jurisdictions that address a specific and compelling problem related to a scientific topic area of national importance.  Projects need to be multi-disciplinary, with the analysis of complex, quantitative and/or qualitative data sets as the central activity.

Funding Solicitation:  NSF EPSCoR Track-2 Focused Collaborations 

This event will provide an opportunity for networking and interaction among colleagues in the research community at NDSU interested in this limited submission funding opportunity. 

For FY 2019, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: "Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.”  The proposed programs must address a specific and compelling problem related to a scientific topic area of national importance. The proposals should clearly identify and motivate the importance and relevance of the chosen topic area in the context of complex data sets and the current status of ongoing work in the area. Projects should demonstrate a multi-disciplinary nature, with the analysis of complex, quantitative and/or qualitative data sets as the central activity. 

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. 

Each proposal must have at least one collaborator from an academic institution or organization in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI).


This Research Connections networking event focused on the NSF Expeditions in Computing funding opportunity (NSF 18-528).

Thursday, February 1
Memorial Union Prairie Rose Room

With remarks by 
Dr. Ken Nygard, NDSU Professor and Chair of Computer Science
Dr. Dane Skow, NDSU Executive Director of the Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST)

About Expeditions in Computing (from the National Science Foundation)

The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computer and information science and engineering fields has been remarkable, generating economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world.

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computer and information science and engineering for many years to come.

Funded at levels up to $2,000,000 per year for five years, Expeditions projects represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the CISE directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields.

Additionally, CISE offers Innovation Transition (InTrans) awards for teams nearing the end of their Expeditions as well as Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier projects. The goal of InTrans is to continue the long-term vision and objectives of CISE’s center-scale projects. Through In Trans awards, CISE will provide limited funds to match industry support.

One-page Program Summary // Recently Awarded Expeditions Projects

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