As many in the South Big Data Hub community know, our Hub is one of four regional Hubs established by the National Science Foundation in 2015 to foster data science collaborations among academia, industry and government, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2016, the NSF expanded the BD Hubs’ network by supporting multi-sector and multi-institutional collaborations focused on using data to address regional challenges.
That support translated into BD Hub “Spoke” awards for research addressing regional problems, and several Spoke awards were given to researchers within the states that comprise the South Hub (click here for information on those awards).
This week, the NSF issued a Call for Proposals for round two of the BD Hub Spoke Awards to be funded in FY 2018. The solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. Instead, BD Hub Spoke proposals should be guided by the following broad themes:
- Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (information on priority areas can be found on each Hub’s website listed in the Introduction section below);
- Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
- Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.
To learn more about the BD Hub Spokes program and view the full CFP, visit the NSF website.