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What cyberinfrastructure facilities and information do UITS and the Pervasive Technology Institute provide to help me prepare grant proposals and data management plans?

Indiana University's advanced cyberinfrastructure and research computing facilities accelerate research, enable new breakthroughs by IU scholars, and provide a significant advantage to IU researchers competing for grant funds.

The Research Technologies division of UITS and the Pervasive Technology Institute provide templates, guides, and other information IU scholars can use when preparing elements of grant proposals in which the value of IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure facilities is particularly helpful:

Describing IU cyberinfrastructure in your NSF project description

The following text concisely describes IU's cyberinfrastructure facilities, and may be used as part of any grant application. It is designed to be included in the body of any grant proposal, or used in a facilities statement. You may edit or trim the text as appropriate:

[project name] will require the support of significant cyberinfrastructure: computing, data storage, database, and visualization resources. Indiana University is a national leader in the deployment and use of advanced information technology and cyberinfrastructure in support of research and education. Major components of IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure include the following:

  • Supercomputers. IU's Big Red II (1 petaFLOPS), Quarry (26.22 teraFLOPS), and Mason (3.81 teraFLOPS and 8 terabytes of RAM) provide IU researchers with access to some of the most powerful supercomputers in the US.

  • Advanced I/O systems: IU's 1 petabyte Data Capacitor provides extremely fast input/output and massive short-term storage, enabling analyses of very large data sets and very large scale simulations.

  • Archival storage systems: IU's massive data storage system is capable of holding up to 15 petabytes of data. With mirrored tape silos in Indianapolis and Bloomington, this very secure (HIPAA-aligned) storage system ensures data are stored securely and reliably.

  • Advanced visualization: IU's BARCO Virtual Reality Theater is one of the most advanced immersive visualization facilities in the US. IU also has many smaller-scale 3D visualization facilities located in key departments throughout IU.

  • I-Light: The I-Light advanced optical network connects all IU campuses to advanced research networks, such as Internet2 and National LambdaRail.

  • Secure facilities: In 2009, IU opened its new Data Center on the Bloomington campus to house many of the components listed above. The Data Center is a secure, disaster-resistant facility designed to withstand an F5 tornado.

IU plays a leadership role in many national cyberinfrastructure projects. From 2003 until project end, IU was a resource provider for the NSF-funded TeraGrid, and now is deeply involved in the operation of its successor, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). IU also operates the Grid Operations Center for the NSF- and DOE-funded Open Science Grid. IU leads nationally and serves locally. The cyberinfrastructure resources described here will be made available to assist the development and deployment of [project name], in keeping with IU's mission of education, research, and public service.

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Data management plans (NSF)

To help IU scholars comply with NSF grant preparation requirements for data management plans, the Data to Insight Center, affiliated with the School of Informatics and Computing and the Pervasive Technology Institute, has developed a guidance document and template. See Indiana University Guidance on NSF Data Management Plans (in .docx format).

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NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, effective May 2, 2005, is designed to accelerate the public's access to published articles resulting from NIH-funded research. This policy requests NIH-funded investigators to submit to the NIH National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of all final manuscripts, upon acceptance for publication, that resulted from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs from NIH through any funding mechanism. The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the publishing peer review process. The policy requests and strongly encourages that authors specify posting of their final manuscripts for public accessibility as soon as possible (and within 12 months of the publisher's official date of final publication). The NIH final policy, its implementation plan, Q&As, and other relevant materials are available on the NIH Public Access web site.

IU researchers may also deposit final versions of manuscripts, preprints, and (in some cases, depending on copyright) final versions of papers online in the IU ScholarWorks Digital Repository. IU researchers may also deposit copies of data sets in ScholarWorks. For more, see What is IUScholarWorks?

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Facilities statements

Facilities statements are required supplemental documents for many NSF proposals, and are often useful in preparing NIH proposals, as well. The Research Technologies division of UITS has prepared an extensive facilities document for use as a starting point in creating your own facilities document. The document prepared is extensive in its coverage of IU cyberinfrastructure, and it is appropriate for you to delete any parts not relevant to your proposal. Similarly, it may be appropriate to add information describing your departmental resources. See the current IU cyberinfrastructure facilities statement (in .docx format).

Note: Because this document is competitively sensitive, only members of the IU community may access it (IU Network ID authentication is required).

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