Cyberinfrastructure consists of computational systems, data and information management, advanced instruments, visualization environments, and people, all linked together by software and advanced networks to improve scholarly productivity and enable knowledge breakthroughs and discoveries not otherwise possible.
Developing a Coherent Cyberinfrastructure from Local Campus to National Facilities: Challenges and Strategies, Educause (2009)
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Apply Now to the UCLA Research Informatics and
Computational Data Development Grant

As part of UCLA’s 10-year strategic plan UCLA aims to create a strategy for its digital future to face the challenges and develop an actionable plan related to developing and sustaining UCLA’s cyberinfrastructure and the resources and services required to manage, sustain, preserve and make accessible its research and instructional data.

The Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) and Institute for Informatics (I2) are requesting proposals that will inform this strategy.

The deadline has passed and the application is closed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marsha Smith

Research Informatics and Computational Data Development Proposal

Full text of Request for Proposal (PDF)

The overarching goals of this program are:

  • To respond to a renewed and growing national commitment to science, technology, and innovation. Addressing computational and data management challenges will enable UCLA researchers to successfully compete in critical growth areas.
  • To harness and elevate UCLA success stories in research and education areas of national significance and to inform and propel an integrated vision and plan for UCLA’s digital future.
  • To respond with specific strategies to accommodate the exponential growth in digital data that challenges the university at every level (technical, policy, and organizational) and to protect the university’s core competitive asset – research data.
  • To position UCLA to respond to increasingly specific requirements of national granting agencies to make data sharable and to incorporate data management plans in all future proposals.

Sponsorship and Oversight

The Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) are providing sponsorship and resources for this initiative. An Oversight Committee for the program will include leadership from OIT, the Medical Enterprise, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, and the Library. The program framework for this program was approved by the ITPB at its December 2010 meeting

Program Contact

Marsha Smith

Anticipated Funding

$450,000 spread across three categories [x] closeSmall Projects: With the addition of a small amount of resource ($5,000-$15,000), the project or activity will make use of, or expand upon existing cyberinfrastructure to remove an obstacle or solve a problem with regard to data workflows (accessing data, storing data, moving data, ingesting data, etc.).

Medium Projects: For grants from $15,001-$50,000, the project proposal must describe research where the results are highly dependent upon new ways of thinking about end-to-end solutions for data ingestion, computation, visualization, short and long term storage, archiving and preservation and data accessibility.

Large Projects: For grants from $50,001-$100,000, there must be a direct link between the project to build out components of UCLA’s cyberinfrastructure resources and services whose use is broader than the particular research area of interest. In addition the project must show potential to enable the research to become a center of excellence under the OIT-IDRE-I2 partnership umbrella and to explicitly position a researcher or research group to be competitive for future external funding.
small, medium and large projects.

Program Funding Intent

The intent of the funding is to foster the practical application of data management technologies, services and policies to the real challenges that researchers and educators face now as the nature of scholarly work becomes increasingly interdisciplinary. In these new models the accessibility, ease of movement, security, short and longer term storage of data becomes paramount.

Who Can Apply

The proposal process is open to all UCLA faculty. Staff and students may apply with faculty sponsorship that shows a direct alignment with a research and/or educational challenge. All applications must have the written support of a departmental chair or dean.

Letter of Intent:

Due February 14 – April 15: online abstract as a letter of intent.

Full Proposal Deadline:

April 15th 2011, 5:00pm (PST). The deadline has passed and the application is closed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marsha Smith

Full text of Request for Proposal