Including Trusted CI in a Proposal

It's often the case that while writing a proposal you will identify a cybersecurity challenge suited to a collaboration with Trusted CI. We offer the following two suggestions to indicate your intent to engage with Trusted CI to solve the challenge, hence indicating in your proposal that you both recognize the challenge and take it seriously. We also provide guidance related to specific solicitations on our blog.

Option 1:   Indicate Your Intent to Approach the CCoE

We invite proposing NSF CI projects to indicate their intention to approach Trusted CI once they are funded. Proposers are free to include language showing an awareness of cybersecurity of a specific issue and showing you are aware of Trusted CI, how we can help, and that you plan to approach us if funded to collaborate on addressing the issue. You can do this unilaterally without any commitment from Trusted CI (and please be aware it does not commit Trusted CI, we do our best to help all NSF projects, but are subject to our own resource availability).  We ask that you let us know if you reference Trusted CIthis way to help us plan ahead.

Possible language to include in a proposal:

"Our proposal team recognizes [that cybersecurity is important for the effort we are undertaking | we have a cybersecurity challenge with regards to XXX]. To address this issue we plan to approach the NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ( The Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) engages projects such as the one we propose to help them address cybersecurity challenges and maintain the trustworthy nature of the computational science we support. We understand that engagements with CCoE are collaborative, and have budgeted resources in our project to work with CCoE on our challenge."

Option 2:  Include the CCoE in your Proposal

You can include one or more of the CCoE Partners (IU, NCSA, PSC, U. Wisconsin) via a subcontract on your proposal, a process that provides a firm commitment of our participation. Please contact us to discuss which partner would be most appropriate, whether the commitment would be exclusive for a given solicitation, and the level of effort that would be involved.

Note that Trusted CI no longer offers pre-proposal letters of support without being included as a subcontractor.