Minding the Gap: EPSCoR CI Workshop report released

The CaRCC Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Cyberinfrastructure (CI) working group has released a new report, Minding the Gap: Leveraging Cyberinfrastructure to Transform EPSCoR Jurisdictions, based on outcomes from the 2022 EPSCoR CI workshop series. EPSCoR is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program with “a mission to enhance the research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions by strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capacity and capability through a diverse portfolio of investments from talent development to local infrastructure.”  

The CaRCC report includes recommendations for both the NSF and EPSCoR jurisdictions and complements the workshop Working Group’s 2022 assessment-focused report, A Baseline of EPSCoR Research CI Capabilities

What does the report recommend? 

Read more below to see a summary of the recommendations. To see the detailed recommendations, read the full report. 

Recommendations for the National Science Foundation (NSF): 

  • Reestablish cyberinfrastructure (CI) as a required Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program core component
  • Establish an NSF EPSCoR CI Council
  • Investigate models of CI human resources capacity sharing for EPSCoR
  • Enhance collaborative partnerships between EPSCoR, the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), and Directorate for Technology Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) 
  • Incentivize proposal stage participation by technical/CI staff

Recommendations for EPSCoR Jurisdictions and Institutions:

  • Formalize cyberinfrastructure (CI) assessment and planning
  • Coordinate CI development across Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII)  projects and jurisdictions
  • Integrate regional network organizations
  • Align foundational information technology
  • Measure CI impacts
  • Communicate the role of CI