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NSF Middleware Initiative

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

National Science Foundation, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management, Headquarters
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Explore all postings for this grant program:
  • Original Grant - Mar 11, 2003
Applications Due:

Mar 4, 2005

total funding: Not Available
max award: none
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: Not Available
type of funding: Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) is to design, develop, deploy and support a set of reusable, expandable middleware functions and services that benefit many applications in a networked environment, and which will, a) facilitate scientific productivity, b) increase research collaboration through shared data, digital libraries, computing, code, facilities and applications, c) support the education enterprise, d) encourage the participation of industry partners, government labs and agencies for more extensive development and wider adoption and deployment, e) establish a level of persistence and availability so that researchers and other applications developers and disciplines can take advantage of the middleware, f) encourage and support the development of standards and open source approaches, g) enable scaling and sustainability to support the larger research and education communities, and h) encourage international coordination for in
teroperability. The purpose of this program is to enable the members of the advanced network community (research universities, government agencies and industrial units) to further develop, integrate and support key middleware software and technologies, and to collaborate in exploring, identifying, and developing new middleware and related cyberinfrastructure capabilities. Middleware refers to the software which is common to multiple applications and builds on the network transport services to enable ready development of new applications and network services. The function of middleware is to: 1) allow scientists and engineers the ability to transparently use and share distributed resources, such as computers, data, networks, and instruments; 2) develop effective collaboration and communications tools such as GRID technologies, desktop video, and other advanced services to expedite research and education, and to 3) develop a working architecture and approach which can be exten
ded to the larger set of Internet and network users. Middleware manages disparate network components so that end users can focus on their applications and science. Therefore, middleware serves a bridging or an integrating function, and must provide high levels of reliability and consistency, from the individual desktop to the enterprise and beyond. Middleware also addresses a variety of security and privacy concerns to support resource sharing and collaboration. The NMI program began in September 2001 with three Cooperative Agreements. These Cooperative Agreements established the NMI Team which now functions as the System Integrator and the Service Provider for the NMI program. The NMI Team has developed the architecture for the NMI program and is responsible for integrating emerging and existing middleware components and developments into early deployment, production releases and on-going middleware support. The second year of the program began in August 2002 through the a
ward of several additional middleware development projects and activities. Most of the second year projects are focused on new near-term capabilities and software to support the NMI effort, broaden the base of middleware activities, and provide new tools for the research user community. Some of the awards also addressed longer-term middleware and grid capabilities. The third year of the program will continue to develop middleware capabilities and functionality, but will have a dual focus. One focus is to further develop the integration and support infrastructure of middleware for the longer term, and the second focus is to encourage the development of additional new middleware components and capabilities for the NMI program. These two focus areas are more fully described in the Program Description. The limited NSF resources available for this undertaking will require a balance between innovative middleware solutions and the need to provide a longer term base of support and i
ntegration to accomplish real results.

Who can apply:


Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Computer and Information Science and Engineering

More Information:

NSF publication 03-513

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Address Info:

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