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Unidata Policy Committee. April 17, 2006. Main Topics. FY 2007 Budget Update on NSF Strategic Plan for CI Management Review of NCAR Update of the Competition for Management of NCAR. Title Slide. President’s Comp Initiative.

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main topics
Main Topics
  • FY 2007 Budget
  • Update on NSF Strategic Plan for CI
  • Management Review of NCAR
  • Update of the Competition for Management of NCAR
president s comp initiative
President’s Comp Initiative

President’s American Competitiveness Initiative

Double the NSF budget over 10 years

budget by account
Budget by Account



advancing research animated
Advancing Research ANIMATED

Advancing research at the frontier

R&RA Total: $4.7 billion


International Polar Year


$62 million

Michael Van Woert, NOAA

providing world class facilities
Providing World-Class Facilities

Providing world-class facilities and infrastructure

$1.7 billion

Design by Eric Myers, National Science Foundation

mrefc rev




$56.0 million

The Glosten Associates, Inc.



$13.5 million

John Orcutt, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

mrefc account
MREFC Account

NSF FY 2007 Budget



$597 million

Petascale Computing $50 million

Increase: $77 million

status report on cyberinfrastructure planning implementation

Status Report onCyberinfrastructure Planning & Implementation

Presented to Committee on Programs and Plans of NSB

March 30, 2006 by


Deborah L. Crawford, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure

progress since november 2005 meeting 1
Progress Since November 2005 Meeting (1)
  • OCI Director search concludes
    • Dan Atkins selected
  • High Performance Computing System Acquisitions
    • Tier 2 Systems
      • ’06 competition
        • Proposals received 2/10
        • Award recommendation to August NSB meeting
      • ‘07 competition
        • Proposals due in November, 2006
    • Tier 1 System
      • Petascale System in President’s Budget Request
progress since november 2005 meeting 2
Progress Since November 2005 Meeting (2)
  • Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure
    • Chair identified
      • Jim Duderstadt, President Emeritus of the University of Michigan
    • First meeting scheduled for June 15-16, 2006
  • Continuing work on CI Vision document
    • v5.0 released for public comment 1/30
    • v6.0 posted for NSB comment 2/28; includes new chapters on
      • virtual organizations and learning and workforce development
ci vision document 5 interdependent chapters





& observatories)

Learning &



CI Vision Document5 Interdependent Chapters

Call to Action

Data, Data

Analysis &


High Performance


virtual organizations 1 common technological framework
Virtual Organizations (1)Common Technological Framework
  • Seamless support & integration of multiple VOs
  • Software service providers (SSPs) play enabling role
    • Develop, integrate, deploy & support interoperable software infrastructure
  • Tools include
    • High-throughput computing tools
    • Tele-observation & tele-operation
    • Collaborative tools for planning, execution & post-analysis
    • Workflow tools & processes
    • System monitoring & management
virtual organizations 2 operational framework
Virtual Organizations (2)Operational Framework
  • Partnerships essential
  • Identification of common interests
    • Within traditional organizational settings e.g. campuses
    • Within domain communities
    • Academe-industry government
    • International
virtual organizations 3 evaluation assessment
Virtual Organizations (3)Evaluation & Assessment
  • Evaluate and Assess Role of CI on Science and Engineering Research and Education
    • How humans interact with CI
    • Explore and understand necessary governance approaches, and impact on organizational design, structures and processes
    • Allocating resources and identifying incentives
learning and workforce development
Learning and Workforce Development
  • Development, deployment and use of CI-enabled learning and research environments
  • Development of new skills and professions to support CI-enabled opportunities
  • Promote broad participation of underserved groups, communities and institutions
  • Facilitate CI-enabled lifelong learning

Spiral Design

We are here





Call to



Data & Viz

VO and LWD

Final version to be

released Summer 2006

NSF Directorates & Offices

review of ncar management

Review of NCAR Management

On Site Review

March 20-22, 2006

panel membership
Panel Membership
  • Dr Mary L. Good, University of Arkansas, Chair
  • Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
  • Charles Vernon Shank (Chuck), University of California, Berkeley
  • Diane L. Evans, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Chester S. Gardner (Chet), University of Illinois System
  • Norine E. Noonan, College of Charleston
  • John E. Jones, Jr., National Weather Service
  • Michel Béland, Meteorological Service of Canada
charge to the panel
Charge to the Panel
  • The objective of the review is to assess the quality and effectiveness of NCAR’s performance as managers of an NSF and Division of Atmospheric Science funded Federally Funded Research and Development Center.
    • In considering this objective, the panel may examine the following questions:
    • Has NCAR management facilitated a strategic partnership with the NSF?
    • Has NCAR demonstrated clear leadership in science and management, and an effective process for cultivating a long-term vision, mission and strategy?
    • Has NCAR developed a robust process for planning and review that engages the community?
    • Has NCAR been effective in promoting and sustaining cross-divisional and interdisciplinary programs?
    • Has NCAR established productive national and international scientific links with Federal agencies, international institutions, NGOs, and the global research community
    • Has NCAR encouraged and facilitated the participation of underrepresented groups (gender, ethnicity, disability, etc.)?
competition for the management of ncar

Competition for the Management of NCAR

Information on the Competition for the Management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research



“… expiring awards are to be recompeted unless it is judged to be in the interest of US science and engineering not to do so.”

NSB resolution 97-224

governing principles
Governing Principles
  • Minimize disincentives for potential applicants
  • Demonstrate openness to new ideas
  • Explore alternative models for NCAR M&O