The National Science Foundation (NSF), Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) Webcast Briefing

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Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)

Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is NSF's bold five-year initiative to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking. Computational thinking is defined comprehensively to encompass computational concepts, methods, models, algorithms, and tools. Applied in challenging science and engineering research and education contexts, computational thinking promises a profound impact on the Nation's ability to generate and apply new knowledge. Collectively, CDI research outcomes are expected to produce paradigm shifts in our understanding of a wide range of science and engineering phenomena and socio-technical innovations that create new wealth and enhance the national quality of life.



CDI solicitation can be found on With an emphasis on bold multidisciplinary activities that, through computational thinking, promise radical, paradigm-changing research findings, CDI is unique within NSF. CDI projects are expected to build upon productive intellectual partnerships involving investigators from academe, industry and/or other types of organizations, including international entities.

CDI Themes

CDI seeks ambitious, transformative, multidisciplinary research proposals within or across the following three thematic areas:

    * From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and generating new         knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous digital data;

    * Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social Systems: deriving          fundamental insights on systems comprising multiple interacting elements;          and

    * Building Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and innovation by           bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical           and cultural boundaries.

The Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) initiative has been designed to yield revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking.

All NSF directorates and programmatic offices are participating.

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Sirin Tekinay, Thomas Russell, Eduardo Misawa.
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About NSF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense...” with an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal support. MORE

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