Volume 1, Issue 3, March 19, 2014
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The NewsScape Project: Understanding the Media through a Multimodal Perspective

Francis Steen

An Associate Professor in UCLA’s Communication Studies Department, Dr. Francis Steen is transforming the way we understand the media. He is currently immersed in several exciting research efforts including The NewsScape Project, which he describes as a next-generation interactive visualization of multimedia news.

In his teenage years, Steen became curious about the inner workings of the brain. When he came to UCLA in 2001, he developed an interest in how stories are told in the media and how different forms of visual communication effect people.

For several decades, scholars of political science and communication utilized text databases to conduct their studies. They based their research on the assumption that the language used in news broadcastings is the single-most important aspect of communication.  Certain researchers today believe humans convert all that they see and experience into words. “Some think that everything we see gets translated into linguistic terms. For example, if you see a cat, you think the word cat,” said Steen. 

Steen contests this belief. He argues that the human visual system independently comprehends and interprets every unique situation. “We understand directly visually without translating it into anything else. Much of what we see, we do not even have words for, nor an option to translate it into words. More importantly, the understanding is very fast. It’s in that sensory modality that we understand things directly,” said Steen.

When he arrived at UCLA, Steen sought to understand the impact of media in a way unexplored in past research – through images instead of words. To do so, he elicited the help of IDRE. He noted, “We wanted to be able to do a multimodal interpretation of the media. That posed a whole series of questions and problems that IDRE has been very helpful in helping us to solve.”

Read the full story to learn more about the NewsScape Project and Steen's other research endeavors. 

News | Publications

Mobility and Modern Web Conference Call for Proposals

The second annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference will take place September 17-19, 2014 at UCLA. Hosted by the UCLA Office of Information Technology, it will feature two days of exciting sessions, followed by a day of hands-on workshops, covering the latest trends of the modern web, including modern web technologies, interoperability, data collection, and gamification. The call for proposals will remain open through March 31, 2014.

Neuroscience Gateway Launched

IDRE is pleased to announce the availability of the Neuroscience Gateway, a portal that allows researchers to access computational neuroscience tools such as Brian, PyNN, NEST, NEURON, and PGENESIS on high performance clusters. It provides free supercomputer time for neuroscience users, a simple & secured web portal for uploading models, an easy interface for running simulations on HPC machines and a mechanism to retrieve and store output data. The portal hides any complexity associated with installing software, applying for supercomputer time, understanding OS/compiler complexities, etc. To apply for an account please visit the NSG portal website and email the form to NSG.

Francis Steen's Recent Publications:

Steen, Francis F. and Mark Turner (2013). “Multimodal Construction Grammar” (pdf). Language and the Creative Mind. Edited by Michael Borkent, Barbara Dancygier, and Jennifer Hinnell. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Supporting materials.

Nesset, Tore, Anna Endresen, Laura A. Janda, Anastasia Makarova, Mark Turner, and Francis Steen (2013). “How ‘here’ and ‘now’ in Russian and English establish joint attention in TV news broadcasts.” Special issue of Russian Linguistics on “Time and Space in Russian Temporal Expressions.” Edited by Stephen M. Dickey, Laura A. Janda, and Tore Nesset. 

Jungseock Joo, Weixin Li, Francis F. Steen, and Song-Chun Zhu, "Visual Persuasion: Inferring Communicative Intents of Images" IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014.

Call for Papers:

Computing and the environment (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Oct. 2-4)
"Computing has important environmental ramifications. Server farms, such as those operated by Google, Facebook, and Amazon, consume enormous amounts of energy. The manufacture of computers is the source of considerable pollution. … Aside from a few pioneering studies on the use of computer models in climatology and activists' accounts of the harmful environmental effects of computer manufacturing, little is known, however, about the history of the complex interactions between computing and the environment." TRAVEL EXPENSES COVERED BY ORGANIZERS. Abstracts by April 10.

UCLA Software Central - Discounted Software

Software Central manages UCLA-wide agreements for discounts on the software products and services commonly used in support of teaching and research. The first place to check for your software needs.



HPC and Statistical Computing Class Materials

Did you miss one of our workshops in high performance computing or statistical computing? Check out the lecture slides to get the information you missed:

Intro to Parallel Computing and OpenMP
Introduction to MPI
Running Parallel Jobs Efficiently

IDRE related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

CTSI Webinars

Webinar: How to Write Proposals to the Department of Education and Other Education Funders
April 8, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Young Research Library's Presentation Room.

Webinar: Developing Outreach and Broader Impacts Components for NSF Proposals 
April 29, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Young Research Library's Presentation Room.

IDRE Tech Talk: Big Learning Systems

In this talk, speaker Tyson Condie, an assistant professor in the computer science department, will provide an overview of some Big Data systems starting with Google’s MapReduce, which defined the foundational architecture for processing large data sets. He will then identify a key limitation in this architecture; namely, its inability to efficiently support iterative workflows. He will also describe real-world examples of systems that aim to fill this computational void. He will conclude with a description of his own work. March 20 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences).

IDRE related Workshops & Events

IDRE Walk-in Statistical Consulting

Walk-in statistical consulting is offered Monday through Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the DCP/Stat Lab, 4919 Math Sciences. Email consulting is also available. 

UCLA BD2K - Big Data to Knowledge Workshop

Topics to be covered include the following: computational approaches and infrastructure for big data research; big data resources and management; text and data mining for big data; clinical and imaging bit data integration; mechanistic modeling of disease using big data; community-based and crowd sourcing data collection methods; big data training programs. March 27-28 at UCLA Neurosciences Research Building. To register for the workshop please email Susan Sassoon by March 27.

Microsoft MCCA/Azure Presentation

Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCCA) is an annual subscription licensing program for full time employees of the University of California.Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform and infrastructure. The presentation will focus on:

MCCA Renewal (30 minutes)
  • MCCA program overview
  • Review the renewal process and changes
  • Highlight new products and services
Azure Online Services (90 minutes)
  • Introduction - New UC Azure agreement
  • What is Azure?
  • How would I use it?
  • IaaS & PaaS demosntrations
  • How to order Azure at UCLA
March 21, 2014 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences).

SAS SQL Programming I Workshop

This course teaches you how to process SAS data using Structured Query Language (SQL). Topics include manipulating, summarizing, and joining data. Please note that this attendance is restricted to UCLA students, faculty or staff. No attendees who are not affiliated with UCLA can participate. March 25 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the CLICC Classroom C (320 Powell).

SAS Macro Programming I Workshop

This is a two day course. This course focuses on the components of the SAS macro facility and how to design, write, and debug macro systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding how programs with macro code are processed. This seminar is only open to those who are currently affiliated with UCLA - UCLA faculty, students or staff. Session 1 is held March 26 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Session 2 continues on March 27 from 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm.

GIS Trainings and Workshops

IDRE's GIS team offers hands-on training and workshops on a variety of geo-spatial topics. Currently these workshops are offered on a per request basis. Find out what topics are offered, and request a workshop tailored to your needs.

Past Statistical Consulting Classes Available Online

Past statistical consulting workshops and classes, covering topics such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Multilevel Modeling, Survey Data Analysis, Power Analysis and SUDAAN, are available online.

CTSI Drop-In Statistical Consulting

Faculty, clinical instructors, fellows, postdocs, students, research staff and residents welcome. Drop by for assistance with data analysis consultation, clinical-data-management consulting study design & power analysis, and software (SAS, R, SPSS) database help. Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in 16-111 CHS.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

NSF | NIH | DOE | Federal | Nonfederal

NSF Opportunities:

High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as Resource Providers within the NSF eXtreme Digital (XD) program. The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by exploring new and creative approaches to delivering innovative computational resources to an increasingly diverse community and portfolio of scientific research and education. NSF's vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure, which supports Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering.
Deadline: May 14, 2014
Budget: $12 million

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.
Deadline: October 28, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $20 million

Experimental Gravitational Physics

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The Experimental Gravitational Physics program supports research that includes tests on the inverse distance square law of gravitational attraction, Lorentz invariance and Equivalence Principle as well as the direct detection of gravitational waves. This program oversees the management of the construction, commissioning, and operation of the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO), and provides support for LIGO users and other experimental investigations in gravitational physics and related areas. This includes tasks that range from instrument science, data analysis and detector characterization to source population calculations and the connection between the gravitational waves and the electromagnetic and neutrino signatures of astrophysical events. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Theoretical Gravitational Physics

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The Theoretical Gravitational Physics program supports research on classical and quantum gravity theory, including gravitational wave source simulations and other phenomena associated with strong field gravity and the interface between gravitation and quantum mechanics. This includes formulating new approaches for theoretical, computational, and experimental research that explore the fundamental laws of physics and the behavior of physical systems and, in some cases, interpreting the results of experiments. The effort also includes a considerable number of interdisciplinary grants. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Physics develops and applies advanced mathematical methods to enable the solution of difficult problems in physics. It often is the work of mathematicians with a strong physics interest and intuition, or of physicists who are also highly regarded in mathematics. Very advanced mathematical methods are applied (by individuals or collaborators) to important but difficult physics concepts to rigorously establish the behavior of theoretical systems, resolve conundrums or find new directions. The PHY Mathematical Physics program is dedicated to supporting such research. Proposals to the Mathematical Physics Program are evaluated by a PHY Mathematical Physics Panel, composed of physicists and mathematicians expert in the many varied aspects of the field. The areas covered include fundamental quantum theory, quantum field theory, string theory, nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics, turbulence, chaos and complexity, and statistical physics. The importance of the mathematics is a critical consideration along with the merit and implications for physics of the application. A proposal for which the mathematics is mainly computational or standard, though it could be very sophisticated, may be more competitive for funding in another program. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

LIGO Research Support 

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The LIGO Research Support program oversees the commissioning and operation of the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO), and provides support for LIGO users and other experimental investigations in gravitational physics and related areas. This includes tasks that range from instrument science, data analysis and detector characterization to source population calculations and the connection between the gravitational waves and the electromagnetic and neutrino signatures of astrophysical events. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Expeditions in Training, Research and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data 

The long-range goal of EXTREEMS-QED is to support efforts to educate the next generation of mathematics and statistics undergraduate students to confront new challenges in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. EXTREEMS-QED projects must enhance the knowledge and skills of most, if not all, the institution's mathematics and statistics majors through training that incorporates computational tools for analysis of large data sets and for modeling and simulation of complex systems. Funded activities are expected to provide opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experiences centered on CDS&E; result in significant changes to the undergraduate mathematics and statistics curriculum; have broad institutional support and department-wide commitment that encourage collaborations within and across disciplines; and include professional development activities for faculty or for K-12 teachers.
Deadline: November 5, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Physics at the Information Frontier

Physics at the Information Frontier (PIF) includes support for data-enabled science, community research networks, and new computational infrastructure, as well as for next-generation computing. It focuses on cyber-infrastructure for the disciplines supported by the Physics Division while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, particle astrophysics, gravitational and biological physics. PIF provides support for physics proposals in three subareas: 1) computational physics, 2) data enabled physics, and 3) quantum information science and revolutionary computing.
Deadline: November 28, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Civil Infrastructure Systems 

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports research leading to the engineering of infrastructure systems for resilience and sustainability without excluding other key performance issues. Areas of interest include intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of infrastructure systems, infrastructure management, construction engineering, and transportation systems. Special emphasis is on the design, construction, operation, and improvement of infrastructure networks with a focus on systems engineering and design, performance management, risk analysis, life-cycle analysis, modeling and simulation, behavioral and social considerations not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods. This program does not encourage research proposals primarily focused on structural engineering, materials or sensors that support infrastructure system design, extreme event modeling, hydrological engineering, and climate modeling, since they do not fall within the scope of the CIS program.
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems

The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education. EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems. Proposals for the EPAS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.
Deadline: November 3, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Accelerator Science

The Accelerator Science program will support and foster research at universities that exploits the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics research, and allows the development of transformational discoveries in this crosscutting academic discipline. In particular, this program seeks to support research with the potential to disrupt existing paradigms and advance accelerator science at a fundamental level, such as enabling discoveries that lead to novel, compact, powerful, and/or cost-effective accelerators. Key questions that this program will address include: what are the fundamental limitations affecting the acceleration, control, intensity, and quality of particle beams? What novel approaches can be employed to substantially increase accelerating gradients? How can developments in other fields lead to new approaches in accelerator science and beam physics? The goal of this program is to seed and support fundamental accelerator science at universities as an academic discipline, providing the foundation in knowledge and workforce upon which major advances in accelerator-driven technologies will be based.
Deadline: November 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

This program supports theoretical and computational materials research and education in the topical areas represented in DMR programs, including condensed matter physics, polymers, solid-state and materials chemistry, metals and nanostructures, electronic and photonic materials, ceramics, and biomaterials. The program supports fundamental research that advances conceptual, analytical, and computational techniques for materials research. A broad spectrum of research is supported using electronic structure methods, many-body theory, statistical mechanics, and Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations, along with other techniques, many involving advanced scientific computing. Emphasis is on approaches that begin at the smallest appropriate length scale, such as electronic, atomic, molecular, nano-, micro-, and mesoscale, required to yield fundamental insight into material properties, processes, and behavior and to reveal new materials phenomena.
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Education and Interdisciplinary

Supports activities in conjunction with NSF-wide programs such as Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and programs aimed at women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Further information about all of these programs and activities is available in the Crosscutting Investment Strategies section of the NSF Guide to Programs. The program also supports activities that seek to improve the education and training of physics students (both undergraduate and graduate), such as curriculum development or physics education research directed towards upper-level or graduate physics courses, and activities that are not included in specific programs elsewhere within NSF. The program supports research at the interface between physics and other disciplines and extending to emerging areas.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

DOD Opportunities:

DIA Innovation - Agency Wide BAA

DIA is interested in the full range and full scope of possible “innovative ideas” from all interested and qualified sources, to include participation by, and potentially with both “traditional and non-traditional” members (e.g. large businesses, small businesses, independent consultants, academic institutions, consortium participants, other) that may assist the agency in maximizing operating efficiency and effectiveness in operations, or otherwise provide preeminent technological and/or innovation capability that most capably allows the agency to support its mandated national and international mission related requirements. Types of instruments that may be awarded include: Procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, technology investment agreements, and other transactions for prototypes.
Deadline: November 26, 2014
Budget: Not listed

DOE Opportunities:

FY 2014 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $400 million

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Multiscale Integrated Modeling for Fusion Energy Science

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announce their interest in receiving applications from collaborative groups of investigators for developing an integrated simulation capability for fusion energy science. More specifically, applications are solicited for the development of advanced multiphysics and multiscale integrated simulation capabilities for magnetically confined plasmas addressing problems of direct relevance to burning plasma science and ITER. While developing a full Whole Device Modeling (WDM) simulation capability is beyond the scope of this FOA, this is intended to be a first step toward this goal. Responsive applications are expected to integrate the most critical physical processes across all relevant regions and on all relevant temporal and spatial scales, using an appropriately justified combination of fir st principles models and high physics fidelity reduced models. Simulation codes should be able to exploit the massive concurrency of the SC leadership class computing facilities and not merely their high capacity. Applications focused solely on the development of computational frameworks are not responsive to this FOA.
Deadline: May 2, 2014
Budget: Not listed

NIH Opportunities:

NeuroNEXT Infrastructure Resource Access

This FOA encourages proposals for biomarker validation trials or exploratory clinical trials of drugs, biologics, surgical therapies or devices that may contribute to the justification for and provide the data required to design a future trial to confirm efficacy (i.e., a Phase III trial) in the treatment of neurologic disease. Proposals for drugs or biologics should provide compelling scientific evidence that the investigational agent proposed for study will reach/act upon the designated target or that its mechanism of action is such that it will be of benefit in ameliorating a specific aspect of the disease.
Deadline: October 21, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Development of Software and Analysis Methods for Biomedical Big Data

In response to the spectacular opportunities and immense challenges presented by the dawning era of "Big Data" in biomedical research, NIH has developed the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative with the mission of enabling the biomedical research community to use the various types of Big Data for research. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit development of analysis methods and software in the four topic areas of data compression/reduction, data visualization, data provenance, and data wrangling as part of the overall BD2K initiative.
Deadline: June 19, 2014
Budget: $300,000

Additional Grant and Funding Opportunities*

*These funding opportunities were highlighted in the previous newsletter.
The deadlines have not yet expired.

NSF Opportunities:

Advances in Biological Informatics

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance- or transform- research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts three major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems, Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research, and Sustaining awards that seek to support ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for continued advancement of priority biological research.
Deadline: August 12, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $14 million

CISE (Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering) Research Infrastructure

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-New) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions. Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well-positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.
Deadline: October 7, 2014
Budget: $50,000 - $3 million

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods

The Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports the discovery and development of theoretical and computational methods or models to address a range of chemical challenges, with emphasis on emerging areas of chemical research. Proposals that focus on established theoretical or computational approaches should involve innovative additions or modifications that substantially broaden their applicability.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines. The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates. The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

CCF supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: $500,000 - $3 million depending on size of project

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering

The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems. CyberSEES supports research on all sustainability topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction, and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Additionally, the widespread, intensive use of computing technologies also introduces sustainability challenges and motivates new approaches across the lifecycle of technology design and use.
Deadline: April 8, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $10.5 million

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts: Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning; Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into. .
Deadline: March 24, 2014
Budget: $20,000 - $2.5 million

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks

NSF's vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure as crucial for innovation in science and engineering. The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure components address the researchers' data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context.
Deadline: April 9, 2014
Budget: $1.5 - $5 million

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

The Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) program supports particle physics at accelerators. EPP also supports advances in detector development and new methods of utilizing distributed computing in support of collaborative research, for example, grid development, both nationally and internationally. The program also engages K-12 educators, who participate in experiments with university scientists, staff and students.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $50 million

Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability

The Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing. Achieving the needed breakthroughs will require a collaborative effort among researchers representing all areas-- from services and applications down to the micro-architecture-- and will be built on new concepts, theories, and foundational principles. New approaches to achieve scalable performance and usability need new abstract models and algorithms, new programming models and languages, new hardware architectures, compilers, operating systems and run-time systems, and must exploit domain and application-specific knowledge. Research is also needed on energy efficiency, communication efficiency, and on enabling the division of effort between edge devices and clouds.
Deadline: March 24, 2014.
Budget: $1 million

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to change the game; minimize the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering together with the computing, communications and information sciences. The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective. In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing both of these perspectives as well as proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: Total estimated funding is $74.5 million. Award ceiling is $10 million

NIH Opportunities:

Research Education Grants for Statistical and Computational Training in the Genetics of Addiction

The purpose of this opportunity is to encourage applications focused on research education in statistical and computational models to address genetics-based problems in addiction. Eligible participants may include undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral level students and may include both US and non-US citizens.
Deadline: August 21, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling and Communication

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty.
Deadline: September 7, 2014
Budget: $275,000

DOE Opportunities:

Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale

This FOA solicits cooperative agreement applications that propose to develop computational models for better understanding of the dynamics of the scientific workforce in the United States. These models may be used to inform program development and management, identify questions that need additional research, and guide the collection and analysis of the data to answer these questions.
Deadline: April 2, 2014
Budget: $4 million per year

Other Federal Opportunities:

Biotechnology Risk Assessments Grants Program

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.
Deadline: March 19, 2013. 
Budget: $25,000 - $1 million

Information innovation Office-Wide BAA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice. See Full Announcement, DARPA-BAA-13-32 (I2O Office Wide) pdf for further details.
Deadline: June 25, 2014 
Budget: Not listed

Microsystems Technology Office-Wide

This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing Microsystems Technology Office-Wide programs or other published BAA solicitations.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Non-Federal Opportunities
UCLA CTSI - Funding Opportunities

In order to strengthen current research aims, UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers opportunities through assistance with grants and career openings to doctors and researchers who align themselves with the goals and methodologies of translational research. Several opportunities are currently available.
UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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