Bill Steiger of Rutgers is the new NSF program officer in charge of Theoretical Computer Science (TCS) and he has assumed this position now. There appear to be other ongoing changes within the Theoretical Foundations cluster. As CCF director Foster explained at STOC, up to 30% of the funds in the cluster will be placed in a fund which will give out grants via a centralized mechanism. (It is still unclear what the final effect will be on TCS funding.)What Arora leaves unsaid is that there are no NSF general programs in core theoretical computer science accepting new solicitations this year.
NSF program directors would also like to make members of the theoretical computer science research community aware of the following upcoming proposal deadlines:
Realistically, these will probably involve TCS researchers teaming up with experimentalists to develop proposals that focus on rigorous approaches to well motivated problems in networking and security and that have a significant theoretical component as well as a significant experimental component.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Theory at NSF
From Sanjeev Arora