National Science Foundation
March 15, 2017 – March 22, 2017
The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.
The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:
- Foundations (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems, motivated by specific data challenges and requirements; and
- Innovative Applications (IA): those engaged in translational activities that employ new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific application domains. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc.
Proposals in both categories must include a clear description of the big data aspect(s) that have motivated the proposed approach(es), for example: the scalability of methods with increasing data volumes, rates, heterogeneity; or data quality and data bias; etc. Innovative Applications proposals must provide clear examples of the impacts of the big data techniques, technologies and/or methodologies on (a) specific domain application(s).
Proposals in all areas of sciences and engineering covered by participating NSF directorates and partnering agencies [the Office of Financial Research (OFR)], are welcome.
Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to review other related programs and solicitations and contact the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate. In particular:
- For the development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, applicants should consider the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program, https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504776;
- For computational and data science research not specifically addressing big data issues, applicants should consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program, https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813;
- For work that is focused more on scaling of software, rather than data-related issues, applicants should consider the Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme (SPX) program, https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505348;
- Proposals that are specific to the geosciences, and respond to the community needs and requirements expressed by the geosciences community, should consider the NSF EarthCube program for Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences, https://www.nsf.gov/geo/earthcube/
- Proposals that focus on research in mathematics or statistics that is not tied to a specific big data problem should be submitted to the appropriate program within the MPS Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS); see a list of DMS programs at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/programs.jsp?org=DMS; and
- Proposals that focus on research in the computer and information sciences not tied to a specific big data problem should be submitted to the appropriate CISE core program:
The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.
An individual may participate as PI, co-PI, Senior Personnel, consultant, or any other role in no more than one proposal, or related subaward, submitted in response to this solicitation.
In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, any proposal submitted to this solicitation with this individual listed as a PI, co-PI, senior personnel, consultant or any other role after the first proposal is received at NSF will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.
Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation may not duplicate or be substantially similar to other proposals concurrently under consideration by NSF.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 27 to 35
About 27-35 projects will be funded, subject to availability of funds.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $26,500,000
Up to $26,500,000 will be invested by NSF and the Office of Financial Research (OFR), in proposals submitted to this solicitation, subject to the availability of funds. Up to $9,000,000 will be invested by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft (up to $3,000,000 each) in the form of cloud credits/resources.
Projects will typically receive NSF funding in the range of $200,000 to a maximum of $500,000 per year, for 3 to 4 years of support. The minimum award size will be $600,000 of total NSF/OFR funding, reflecting the minimum expected level of effort for BIGDATA projects, which are expected to be multidisciplinary in nature and include significant student involvement. Any allocation of cloud credits/resources from AWS, Google or Microsoft will be in addition to the NSF/OFR funding.
Link to Full RFP: