February 2014

ECEDHA Member and Partner News

Workshop: NSF's Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Program

Dear Colleague,

On February 18-19, 2014, we will hold a one and a half-day workshop designed for researchers who aspire to participate in NSF's Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program. The workshop is by invitation only, and is open to people with research interests in cyber-physical systems who have not previously been funded by NSF as part of the CPS Program. The goal of the workshop is to help aspiring PIs understand what NSF (and importantly, the panels convened by NSF) are expecting to see in a successful CPS proposal.

The workshop will be held in the Washington, DC area, and is scheduled such that participants will be able to arrange meetings in the DC area to coincide with their participation in the workshop.

The agenda for the workshop will include:

  • Brief talks by NSF Program Directors (PDs) on their goals for the CPS Program, and the opportunity for participants to pose questions to the PDs;
  • Brief research talks by current CPS PIs; 
  • A panel of current CPS PIs on what it takes to formulate and carry out a CPS research agenda;
  • Discussions of CPS scope;
  • Discussions of common mistakes made in proposals; and
  • Scheduled opportunities for one-on-one meetings between aspiring PIs and NSF PDs. 

Participation is by invitation only. To apply to participate, you should visit http://cps-vo.org/group/aspiringPIs and submit the following:

We expect to provide support to offset some travel expenses for invited participants. In order to maximize the opportunity for future PIs, and due to space constraints, preference will be given to early career faculty and researchers who have submitted NSF CPS proposals in past years but not been funded. We discourage attendance by aspiring PIs who have received CPS funding in previous rounds as a PI or Co-PI. 


  • By January 25, 2014: Visit http://cps-vo.org/group/aspiringPIs and submit your 2-page NSF-style Biographical Sketch, and your paragraphs on your CPS research ideas.
  • By January 31, 2014: Notification of invitation and level of support.
  • February 18-19, 2014: Workshop in Washington, DC area

Please address questions and comments to Jonathan Sprinkle, who is the organizer of the event, atsprinkjm@email.arizona.edu, and please feel free to distribute this message to appropriate colleagues. 


Jonathan Sprinkle, University of Arizona

David Corman, National Science Foundation

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