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4th Coordinated Call BR-UE in Information and Communication Technology

The Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (RNP) and the Computer Policy Department of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) turn into public the 4th Coordinated Call BR-UE in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 

Six projects in the following knowledge areas will be selected: Internet of Things (pilot project), Cloud Computing and 5G Networks. A budget corresponding about R$ 26 million will be made available for the project execution, with maximum duration of three years, divided as follows:

Proposers must submit three documents:

1. The proposal, drawn up in English together with European institutions;
2. Plan of resources' utilization, in reais;
3. Draft Cooperation Agreement.

Files must be submitted through the JEMS system, accessible through the following address https://jems.sbc.org.br/ctic_eubr_4.

Specific Rules of Brazilian side

- Projects may provide up to 10% of the project value for cost of administrative fees.

- The budget should consider, at least, 44.45% for centers, research institutions or education Brazilian entities, with head office or main establishment located in the areas influenced by Sudam, Sudene and the Midwest, with the exception of the Manaus Free Trade Zone. In addition, at least 30% of the resources must be allocated to public entities, in accordance with the provisions of item II of paragraphs 1 and 3 of art. 11 of Law 8248 of 1991.

- A maximum of 55.55% must be used by research centers or institutes or Brazilian educational institutions, official or recognized, from any region of the country, in accordance with the provisions of item I of paragraph 1 of art. 11 of Law 8248 of 1991.

- It shall only be selected centers, research institutions or education Brazilian entities, official, recognized or accredited by the Information Technology Area Committee (Cati, in Portuguese), or incubated companies in accredited incubators in Cati.

Schedule (preliminary)

Release of the edict and opening of submission systems in Brazil: February 13, 2017

Limit date for proposal submission: March 14, 2017

Results disclosure: June, 2017

Conclusion of hirings: December, 2017

Beginning suggested for project implementation: January, 2018

Full call (in Portuguese)

FAQ (in Portuguese)

Attachment I: Resource Utilization Plan (in Portuguese)

Attachment II: Cooperation Agreement

Joint Call RNP-NSF for Research and Development Projects in Cybersecurity

The Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (RNP), through its Research and Development Center in Digital Technologies for Information and Communication (CTIC), in partnership with Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) from National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States, turn into public this call and invite the stakeholders to present proposals for research, development, and technological innovation projects about cybersecurity.

The selection process is divided into two phases. Those interested will have until December 16 to submit their pre-proposals to the first phase in the topics Security and Privacy in Networks; Internet of Things, Cyber-Human Systems and Cyber-Physics; Malware Detection. The shipping address is https://jems.sbc.org.br/br_us_cybersec2016.

Bidders may submit the full proposals to the second stage of the process up to March 16, 2017. For this purpose, they may use the same link above for sending the files, namely: the proposal itself and the application plan according to the model of Attachment I. It is suggested the proposal to be submitted firstly by the American coordinator to the NSF system, through the website https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/. Then, use the export function to generate the final version, to be submitted in the Brazilian system, JEMS.

The purpose is to support and promote joint research and development projects in area, through consortiums among scientific and technological institutions and Brazilian and American companies.

Schedule

Call release: October 31, 2016

Deadline for prior submission (1st phase): December 16, 2016, 11h55 p.m. (Brasília)

First phase result: January 16, 2017

Deadline for submission of full proposal (2nd phase): March 16, 2017, 11h55 p.m. (Brasília)

Result disclosure: as of May, 2017

Support to proposals approved: as of September, 2017

Full call (In Portuguese)

Email for additional information: br-us-cybersec@rnp.br.

Thematic R&D Programs (since 2015)

On September 10th 2015, RNP launched two R&D programs focused on distance education and e-Health. In distance education, the program will select projects offering solutions in products and services on Mobile Learning, Virtual Labs and Open courses online. In e-Health , the program aims prototype ICT solutions that make use of mobile technologies to support the work of health professionals.

Call

Proposal submission model

Intellectual Property Policy

Network Monitoring Program (since 2014)

RNP has launched two calls for proposals so that researchers can submit networks monitoring projects. Participants should be in teaching and research organizations based in Brazil.

  • 2015

Call

Selected projects

Development of new measurement techniques in broadband access networks

Proponents: Wladimir Cabral e Antonio Rocha (UFF)

Platform for monitoring and traffic analysis in a test network for new protocols performance evaluation and detection of anomalies in the Future Internet

Proponents: Igor Alvarenga e Otto Carlos Muniz Bandeira Duarte (UFRJ)

Exploring OpenFlow for network monitoring

Proponents: Edson Baião e Cecilia Cesar (ITA)

Transformation Service for correlation of the results of measurements on active measurement federations

Proponents: Jéferson Nobre e Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville (UFRGS)

FIBREOSS: A unified management system for the testbed Fibre

Proponents: Vitor Farias e Natalia Castro Fernandes (UFF)

  • 2014

Call

Selected projects

Users federated authentication on measurement portals of the MonIPÊ service (federated-MonIPÊ)

Advisor: Michelle Wangham (UNIVALI)

Student: Shirlei Chaves (IFSC)

Summary: The logical architecture of the new edition of the MonIPÊ service is comprised by different domains, and different measurement kits were developed for each domain. It is very important that users of this service authenticate themselves before starting their measurements. On the current MonIPÊ service, the user authentication mechanism follows the traditional (isolated) identity management model. This project’s goal is to provide federated user authentication on the MonIPê Service on the different domains. The proposed solution is based on the federated identities management model and aims to transform the measurement portals to Shibboleth service providers (SPs). The Express CAFe federation will serve as an environment for solution tests.

Evaluation of the RNP network under influence of large events and failures

Advisor: Alex Borges Vieira (UFJF)

Student: Rodrigo Costa Duarte (UFJF)

Summary: In this project, we proposed the discussion and characterization of RNP’s characteristics during large events and failure periods. Our goal is to characterize the impact of failures on network traffic, on the user and on the behavior of applications. Although there is a significant set of characterization works for anomalies and internet failures, the knowledge of the impact of these failures on traffic and behavior of users is still limited. Besides, the evolution characteristics of the Internet, its users and applications provide a very attractive environment for the performance of measurement studies.

Use of probabilistic data structures on the generation of traffic matrices on Software Defined Networks

Advisor: Rodolfo da Silva Villaça (UFES) and Magnos Martinello (UFES)

Student: to be defined

Summary: Most of management tasks on Software Defined Networks (SDN) involve two stages: measurement and control. While many efforts have been conducted on the SND’s control APIs, few attention has been given to measurement. OpenSketch is an architecture proposal to measure traffic on SND that separate tasks between data and control plans. The proposal may be deployed on general switches, of a low cost in the market. On its current version, OpenSketch does not support the generation of traffic matrices, an important tool for network traffic engineering and most of the network management solutions that provide this solution collect and analyses packages, which is not efficient or scales high speed networks in addition to being an invasive method. Thus, this project proposes to use probabilistic data structures, such as those used by OpenSketch, to measure flows and matrices generation on Software Defined Networks.

Use of peer-to-peer technology for distributed automatic control in active measurement sessions in computer network

Advisor: Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville (UFRGS)

Student: Jéferson Nobre (UFRGS)

Summary: The diversity of services operating on the Internet has increased significantly in recent years. Performance issues in these services cause significant financial losses. In order to ensure that these problems do not occur, service levels need to be monitored. One of the main techniques for such monitoring involves the use of mechanisms for active measurement. However, such mechanisms are costly in terms of resource consumption due to the need of measuring sessions activation. The use of peer-to-peer technology for autonomic control spread of this activation may help to reduce resource requirements. In this document the use of RNP’s data is proposed to evaluate this control.

Identity Management Program (since 2012)

The purpose of the call is to promote the study of themes related to the area, such as authentication and authorization protocols and public key infrastructure. The program lasts six months and the selected works are accompanied by the Identity Management Technical Committee.

  • 2015

Call

Selected projects

The use of a continuous second factor authentication service providers critical

Advisor: Emerson Ribeiro de Mello

Scholar: Sergio Nicolau da Silva

Institution: Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFSC)

Framework of A&A policy-based and attributes for virtual organizations

Advisor: Deborah Christina Muchaluat Saade

Scholar: Edelberto Franco Silva

Institution: Federal Fluminense University (UFF)

A challenge-response authentication client device for Visual Cryptography

Advisor: Ricardo Dahab

Scholar: Felipe Rodrigues Novaes

Institution: State University of Campinas (Unicamp)

A tool for monitoring and optimizing the CAFe federation

Advisor: Michele Nogueira

Scholar: Leonardo Melniski

Institution: Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)

Science DMZ (2013)

GIGA Project (2003)

Cooperative projects in advanced networks (2001)

The public notice "Technology, Products and Information and Communication Services, Applied to Advanced Networks" was released by CNPq / ProTeM on October 22, 2001 in association with the RNP. The result was announced in December 2001. Of the 39 proposals submitted, eight were selected. In addition to the technical and scientific merit, they met the requirements of the call. The eight projects approved in this notice worked on new products and applications, and the training of human resources in high-speed communication networks. RNP offered connectivity through RNP2 backbone and the High Performance Metropolitan Networks (ReMAVs) and gave support in quality of service (QoS).

High-Speed Metropolitan Networks (1997)

From a partnership between RNP and the multi institutional Thematic Programme in Computer Science (Protem-CC), was launched in October 1997, the public notice "Metropolitan Networks Projects High Speed", with the financial support of CNPq and the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil.

At the time, there was a lack of long distance infrastructure based on optical fiber in Brazil, making it difficult to establish an advanced network nationwide. It was decided, then, for the creation of high-speed local area networks, taking advantage of the structure and the potential for some metropolitan regions.

As a result of the announcement, they selected 14 consortia. More information on the website of ReMAVs.