NSF/VMware Partnership on Software Defined Infrastructure as a Foundation for Clean-Slate Computing Security

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As the digital and physical worlds become increasingly intertwined, the real-world consequences of cyber-threats will become more pronounced. To mitigate foreseeable risks, fundamental advances in security are needed. This program will therefore explore the hypothesis that software defined infrastructure (SDI) enables realistic opportunities to revisit and improve the foundations of end-to-end computing security.


SDI is an architectural approach in which compute, storage, and networking resources are virtualized; that is, abstractions of physical capabilities are made available to applications or higher-level services in a way that is decoupled from the underlying physical infrastructure. To date, SDI has been realized most fully in the context of datacenters, but it can also be viewed as a foundation for related emerging contexts such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Novel security properties of SDI have been demonstrated, and meanwhile, compute, storage, and network virtualization techniques are rapidly maturing. An intriguing opportunity is to systematically explore and identify the full potential of SDI as a new foundation for clean-slate computing security (CSCS).


The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and VMware is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary research that spans systems, networking, and security with the aim of exploring and creating groundbreaking new approaches to security based on the concept of SDI. The program also aims to support a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of SDI-CSCS technologies, and to transition research findings into practice. NSF and VMware will support multiple projects with funding of up to $3,000,000 each over three years, and it is intended that NSF and VMware will co-fund each project.

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This NSF/VMware partnership combines CISE&rsquo;s experience in developing and managing successful large, diverse research portfolios with VMware&rsquo;s significant expertise in SDI, virtualization technology, distributed systems, cloud computing, and other aspects of large-scale software infrastructure and infrastructure management.</div>
Federal Grant Title: NSF/VMware Partnership on Software Defined Infrastructure as a Foundation for Clean-Slate Computing Security
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Other
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-582
Type of Funding: Information not provided
CFDA Numbers: 327439, 327393
CFDA Descriptions: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Current Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2016
Posted Date: Jul 9, 2016
Creation Date: Jul 9, 2016
Archive Date: Nov 4, 2016
Total Program Funding: $6,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: none
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $3,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Information not provided
Additional Information on Eligibility
*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
-Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
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