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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering  (BIGDATA)


BIGDATA Deadline

Please note that the deadline for this solicitation (17-534) has been reset in order to accommodate “HDR Workshop” proposals under the Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR) section of the NSF 17-065 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Growing Convergence Research at NSF.
 
The 17-534 solicitation should be used to submit these HDR Workshop proposals related to the 17-065 DCL and should be submitted by May 15, 2017. HDR Workshop proposal submitted after May 15, 2017 will be Returned without Review.
 
Regular BIGDATA proposals should NOT be submitted at this time. They will be returned without review.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Chaitanya  Baru cbaru@nsf.gov (703) 292-4541   
Sylvia  Spengler sspengle@nsf.gov (703)292-8930   
John  C. Cherniavsky jchernia@nsf.gov (703) 292-5136   
Almadena  Y. Chtchelkanova achtchel@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910   
David  Corman dcorman@nsf.gov (703) 292-8754   
James  C. French jfrench@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930   
Nandini  Kannan nakannan@nsf.gov (703)292-8104   
Sara  Kiesler skiesler@nsf.gov (703) 292-8643   
Anthony  Kuh akuh@nsf.gov (703) 292-2210   
Alexis  Lewis alewis@nsf.gov (703) 292-2624  E 13328  
Bogdan  Mihaila bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235   
Christina  Payne cpayne@nsf.gov (703)-292-2895   
Rahul  T. Shah rshah@nsf.gov (703) 292-2709   
Ralph  Wachter rwachter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950   
Maria  Zemankova mzemanko@nsf.gov (703) 292-7348   
Aidong  Zhang azhang@nsf.gov (703) 292-5311   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  18-539

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window

    May 7, 2018 - May 14, 2018


SYNOPSIS

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics leading towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The program also seeks innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, physical sciences, and engineering, where data science and the availability of big data are creating new opportunities for research and insights not previously possible.

The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

  • Foundations (BIGDATA: 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 (BIGDATA: 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 are expected to be well motivated by specific big data problems in one or more science and engineering research domains. All proposals are expected to clearly articulate the big data aspect(s) that motivate the research. Innovative Applications proposals must provide clear examples of the impacts of the big data techniques, technologies and methodologies on applications in one or more domains.

In FY 2018, the BIGDATA program continues the cloud option that was introduced in FY 2017, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure (see Use of Cloud Resources, at the end of Section II, Program Description).

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 to identify whether those solicitations are more appropriate. In particular:

  • Proposals that focus exclusively on areas of biology supported by NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) should be submitted to programs such as Advances in Biological Informatics that are managed by the BIO Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI; https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DBI);
  • Proposals specific to geosciences that respond to the community needs and requirements expressed by the geosciences community should consider the EarthCube program for Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/earthcube/);
  • For the development of robust and shared data- or software-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, applicants should consider the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation - Data and Software program(CSSI; https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505505);
  • 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 NSF’s Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS); see a list of DMS programs at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/programs.jsp?org=DMS; and


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