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NSF Convergence Accelerator Outreach Webinar on DCL 21-012 (Tuesday, October 27) - Shared screen with speaker view
NSF Shelby Smith
16:50
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NSF Cody Bowles
20:11
Thanks again for joining us. Closed captioning link for those that just joined: https://www.captionedtext.com/client/event.aspx?EventID=4609780&CustomerID=321
Anjo Vahldiek-Oberwagner
22:26
will the recording also be provided via eMail?
NSF Cody Bowles
23:19
Yup, we will provide the recording afterwards via a thank you email!
Sonali Shanbhag
28:21
Do you plan to share attendee list so we can network and team?
Kerrie Kornexl
29:06
What is the Ideation Process timeline?
Mario Manuel
31:20
What were the tracks under consideration for Cohort 3 (presently in workshop phase)? So that the present ideation process does not overlap.
Jennifer Haase
33:27
How many of the 29 will move on to phase II
Jennifer Jemitus
33:50
So someone suggested this for me for my efforts in making conscious computing more universal
Jennifer Jemitus
34:05
I've been working at this since around late 2012
Jennifer Jemitus
34:56
But this year there have been many epochs which have now placed this well within the realm of reality
Jennifer Jemitus
35:40
In these systems, cognition can be restricted and in others it can be specialised, so on and so forth.
Prakash Y
36:16
Is the RFI request on beta.sam.gov ?
Jennifer Jemitus
36:42
What do you mean?
NSF_Douglas Maughan
36:48
Yes, the RFI is on beta.sam.gov. It was posted there about 2 weeks ago.
Jennifer Jemitus
37:04
I filled out some form last night and ended up with this zoom link
Mohammad Abu Hasan Khondoker
37:05
Can we participate in the workshops in 2020? From how many ideation proposals did you award 29 teams?
Prakash Y
38:21
Thanks DOug
NSF Shelby Smith
38:29
DCL RFI/21-012 Link: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21012/nsf21012.jsp
NSF Shelby Smith
39:10
RFI-21-012 beta.sam.gov link: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/d2cc81820d234941aaedbae7181b8f32/view
Lixia Zhang
39:29
a small team of us submitted an idea for the last cycle, without hearing any feedback. should we resubmit for this new cycle?
Phillip Davis
39:35
Phillip Davis interested in all thing higher education and AI pdavis@delmar.edu
Phillip Davis
39:45
http://ai2es.org
Joe Miller
39:46
Are the workshops Idea labs?
Jennifer Jemitus
40:03
www.facebook.com/groups/propBitDev - there's also additional specialised chat which focuses on the "rosetta stone" of AI which seeks to make computers conscious/alive!
Jennifer Jemitus
40:25
Sorry if this is spam
Kurtis Heimerl
40:31
I'm still a little confused about scope. At this stage, is there any specific focus (e.g., Quantum, etc) or does that somehow "bubble up" through the submissions?
Joe Miller
40:43
Can the idea be infrastructure development?
Nick Psyhogeos
41:25
Are individual submitter companies paired up with "partners" as part of the Workshops as well as Phase I work? In other words, would a Phase I proposal/submission be a collective application or solely from a given entity?
Donald Friend
41:59
Can we be provided a list of projects already underway, or where can we find that information?
Jennifer Jemitus
42:09
Is this a place where your idea can get funding/support to find others to make it a reality?
Reena Bhatia - ProposalHelper
42:54
What are some of the scopes that NSF is looking for?
Reena Bhatia - ProposalHelper
43:16
Do the ideas have to support NSF’s mission?
Phillip Davis
43:21
https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-davis-educator/
S. Mason Dambrot
44:23
May we submit more than one idea, each being in different domains?
NSF Cody Bowles
45:12
https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/
NSF Cody Bowles
45:21
Our website ^
Jing Gao
45:22
Can a PI submit to a solicitation if she/he has not participated in the ideation phase?
Maxim Prigozhin
45:41
When will topics for 2021 announced?
Donald Friend
46:38
What are the current "administration priorities"? Do you anticipate these changing if a new administration is elected?
Mario Manuel
46:39
Thank you for the link and information on Cohort 3
S. Mason Dambrot
46:41
URL?
RAMESH SINGH
47:17
proposal is only two pages
NSF Cody Bowles
47:22
https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/
Prakash Y
48:20
Can you submit more than 1 proposal ?
Jennifer Haase
48:38
and then how many of 29 will go to Phase II
Mary Schweitzer
49:31
we received a PARTIAL award--2 yrs instead of 5 and much less funds--but we have great prelim results. what are the chances we can get a funded extension?
Mary Schweitzer
50:26
and, what are the topics you are funding?
Nicoladie Tam
50:51
How many members of the team do you anticipate on average?
NSF Cody Bowles
52:02
You can see all of our recent awards on our website as well.
Lisa Beal
52:35
Apologies if I missed it… what are the tracks for this RFI?
Jing Gao
53:22
Should PIs build their teams before submitting ideas, or are the teams formed during the workshop?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
53:39
There are no tracks for the RFI, the purpose of the RFI is to help us determine the tracks for the subsequent solicitation
Lisa Beal
54:40
Aha! thank you.
Phillip Davis
54:45
Who can serve as fiscal agent?
Joan O'Hara
56:07
How refined do responses to the RFI need to be? Are we pitching a high-level idea? Or something more detailed?
Ulises Tamez-Duque
56:21
Is it necessary for everyone in the team to be US Citizen, any restriction on this ?
Svetlana Darche
58:18
When you say “industry”, do you mean private sector companies, or can it mean various governmental and non-profit organizations working in the field?
Prakash Y
58:56
Can you show the timeline slide again for 2021 tracks and when the RFPs are out ?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
59:44
Industry is referring the private sector, but gov’t and non-profits are encouraged to be engaged as well
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:01:04
Teams must be lead by US orgs but Int’l partners can be part of a team, however a justification is required to explain why that int’l person/org is engaged rather than a US based person/org
NSF Pradeep Fulay
01:01:12
RFI calls for concepts/themes that are, in your view, in need of convergence to make significant advances and also ready for acceleration. The input to RFI is distilled and this leads to workshops. The workshops help crystallize these ideas. The output from some of these workshops become the basis for new solicitation.
Jing Gao
01:01:47
Who will run the workshops -- the people who submitted the chosen ideas or NSF?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:02:24
Workshops will be run by the people who submit the proposal for it
RAMESH SINGH
01:02:51
what is budget breakdown
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:03:20
@ramesh- can you be more specific
Katie Small
01:03:25
Can anyone submit to the Convergence Research Focus portion of the schedule, even if they don't participate in the Ideation Process?
Nick Psyhogeos
01:04:13
so is it possible for you to have a proposed Idea selected for workshop. then be chosen to lead the workshop. And then submit for Phase I proposal but be refused at that stage (so never having been funded up to that point), and others get approved for Phase I?
RAMESH SINGH
01:04:34
if the idea is accepted, do you have maximum budget
Lisa Beal
01:04:41
assuming these will be virtual workshops? so will NSF support online platform for workshops? also, does NSF facilitate a PI reaching appropriate partners to workshop an idea?
Jennifer Jemitus
01:04:41
How are grants decided? Are they based on results? Are there any initial starting grants to get projects running?
RAMESH SINGH
01:04:51
the proposal is only meant for US community
Phillip Davis
01:05:04
Yes Broader impacts and Intellectual Merit?
Mohammad Abu Hasan Khondoker
01:05:34
Does the proposer need to be expert on the field or s/he can submit any burning idea that has greater national scale impact? Will the profile/past experience of the proposer affect the result of this ideation step?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:05:47
Yes, there will be a maximum budget for workshops
NSF Cody Bowles
01:06:37
Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact are the bread and butter of NSF, so yes @Phillip, but also assessed on whether the idea is convergent, has clear deliverables, can be accelerated, etc.
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:06:58
@Nick - running a workshop has no direct bearing on being selected for Phase I if the topic of workshop is selected to be a Convergence Accelerator Track
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:08:23
@Lisa - Virtual workshops are likely going to be required, we expect the workshop proposer to have the connections to bring the appropriate people to the event, but NSF will assist in rounding out the attendee list by suggesting people
Prakash Y
01:08:27
Can we participate in 2021 convergence areas? C & D
NSF Cody Bowles
01:08:30
And non-profits, state, federal, and local government agencies, etc.
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:09:34
@prakash - at this point you would need to have a team invite you to join them, the solicitation has closed and awards have been made
Prakash Y
01:10:06
Got it, thank you Mike
Douglas Fajardo
01:10:20
I know you are talking about the new RFI due NOV 9th- but I am curious about the deadline for submitting solicitations for the DCL/RFI 20-061? I understand that that is the program that is already underway. The one before this one. As per your timeline..
Svetlana Darche
01:11:27
So to clarify, we don’t need to participate in the RFI to apply later. But our voice in the RFI process helps to shape the tracks, which could mean that an area of interest would be included later when we actually propose. Did I get that right?
Prakash Y
01:12:09
Can you share insights on IP, who would own it from ideation through development ?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:12:12
20-061 is closed, the outputs will be used to determine the next topics, we don’t know what the topics will be at this point but it should come from the 12 funded workshops
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:12:50
@sveltana - there is no guarantee your area of interest would be chosen as a topic
S. Mason Dambrot
01:13:10
Do our stakeholders need to have a financial interest in our idea, or are support in other domains acceptable?
Anthony Boccanfuso
01:14:28
The UIDP has hosted one in the past and we are pleased to answer questions - just reach out to me tony@uidp.net
Mario Manuel
01:15:33
Is there a sample submission for the RFI to see what length and level of detail should be included for an RFI submission?
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:16:27
@Mario- it’s a survey monkey : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSF_CA_RFI
S. Mason Dambrot
01:18:08
Thank yo, Tony
S. Mason Dambrot
01:19:52
sorry Tony - you
Jing Gao
01:20:30
From the 12 workshops, how many solicitations will be announced? How many projects will be funded?
Prakash Y
01:20:33
Got it on IP, thank you Mike
Douglas Fajardo
01:21:04
thank you for thoroughly answering all questions!!
NSF_Mike Pozmantier
01:21:27
@Jing - we typically have selected two separate topics for each solicitation, which you can see by looking at our past solicitations
Vidya Samadi
01:21:41
thank you very much, very informative meeting.
Jing Gao
01:22:47
@Mike - Thanks!
S. Mason Dambrot
01:23:52
Please clarify the expected roles of stakeholders (I.e., financial or other).
Kerrie Kornexl
01:25:04
Is there any limitations re: DoD team members?
S. Mason Dambrot
01:28:44
Thank you re: stakeholder roles especially info on government persons, DOD, etc.
NSF Shelby Smith
01:36:48
https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/
NSF Cody Bowles
01:37:08
Lengthy, but a lot of good information there!
Prakash Y
01:37:46
THANK YOU NSF. Great Initiative !
Mario Manuel
01:38:08
Thank you so much for the information!
Douglas Fajardo
01:38:26
Thank you!!