The ACCESS Executive Council comprises the principal investigators (PIs) of ACCESS awards as primary members, several other ACCESS award senior personnel as secondary members or observers and ex officio members including the NSF ACCESS Program Officer. Its purpose is to effect top-level coordination and governance among all ACCESS awardees to ensure high operational efficiency and user-centric performance of the collective ACCESS resources for the benefit of the scientific and engineering (S&E) research and education community. The Council is also meant to prepare ACCESS-wide communications (such as annual community reports) to the S&E research and education community supported by the ACCESS awardees covering progress on activities over the year, science highlights and project-specific plans for the future.
The ACCESS Coordination Office (ACO) has facilitated the creation of an agreed-upon charter and meeting cadence, provides coordination services for in-person and online meetings, tracks the Executive Council membership and prepares and disseminates meeting minutes among the members. The ACCESS Executive Council meets on a regular basis as defined in the Charter.
External Advisory Board
The ACCESS External Advisory Board (EAB) provides the Executive Council with advice on the various services provided by the ACCESS program awardees. It includes a diverse group of members representing the broad S&E and cyberinfrastructure (CI) communities served by ACCESS; it doesn’t include individuals from ACCESS awardees except as needed to support EAB members in the conduct of their responsibilities. The NSF-cognizant program officer for the ACCESS program is an ex-officio observer. The Board has established a charter and relevant operations procedures in consultation with and approval from all members of the Executive Council.
The ACO facilitates the development of a charter approved by the EC, provides coordination services for in-person and online meetings, tracks External Advisory Board membership, prepares and disseminates meeting minutes among the members and has established an internal archive accessible to members. The External Advisory Board meets on a regular basis as defined by the EAB Charter.