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Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering  (BIGDATA)  Crosscutting Programs


Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Chaitanya  Baru CISE/OAD  Sylvia  Spengler CISE/IIS 
Jack  Snoeyink CISE/CCF  Amy  Apon  
Elizabeth  R. Blood BIO/EF  Helen  T. Martin EHR/DRL 
George  Haddad ENG/ECCS  Mona  Zaghloul ENG/ECCS 
Eva  Zanzerkia GEO/EAR  Xiaoming  Huo  
Nandini  Kannan MPS/DMS  Bogdan  Mihaila MPS/PHY 
Heng  Xu SBE/SES    
General Correspondence email

For general correspondence, please reply to bigdata@nsf.gov.


Solicitation  15-544

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.  The solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application.  Therefore, 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. While Innovative Applications (IA) proposals may address critical big data challenges within a specific domain, a high level of innovation is expected in all proposals and proposals should, in general, strive to provide solutions with potential for a broader impact on data science and its applications. IA proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis and/or on experimental evaluation of techniques and methodologies within a specific domain. Proposals in all areas of sciences and engineering covered by participating directorates at NSF are welcome.

While notions of volume, velocity, and variety are commonly ascribed to big data problems, other key issues include data quality and provenance. Data-driven solutions must carefully ascribe quality and provenance to results in a manner that is helpful to the users of the results. For example, in some cases, such as in education research, data quality may aggregate to test or measurement instrument quality, where a composite of variables may be used to describe one or more constructs.

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are users of the data, including “cross-over” scientists who may be working with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate.  In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084) (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) and Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS, NSF 15-511) (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15511/nsf15511.htm) solicitations for potential fit.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) for NSF 12-499

1st BIGDATA Webinar (Presentation, Audio File and Transcript)

2nd BIGDATA Webinar - May 21, 2012 (Presentation, Audio File and Transcript)


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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