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Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) at NSF

What is HDR?

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow new fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. Through this NSF-wide activity, HDR will generate new knowledge and understanding, and accelerate discovery and innovation. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of efforts in:

  • The foundation of data science;
  • Algorithms and systems for data science;
  • Data-intensive science and engineering;
  • Data cyberinfrastructure; and
  • Education and workforce development.

Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical frameworks that will be applied to tackle data-intensive problems in science and engineering, contributing to data-driven decision-making that impacts society.

Exemplar Science and Engineering Drivers/Themes for HDR

Through community workshops, NSF has developed a set of exemplar science and engineering challenges that may be addressed through investments in HDR. These examples, which span all areas of science and engineering supported by NSF, are meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive of the potential of HDR.

Click here for the latest version of the HDR science and engineering drivers/themes.

NSF Funding Opportunities

NSF’s investments in HDR span the multi-pronged strategy described above. Specifically, beginning in FY 2019, and building on past investments by nearly all NSF directorates and offices, HDR will offer two conceptualization pathways to develop institutes to accelerate discovery and innovation in data-intensive science and engineering:

In addition, in FY 2019, NSF is offering:

As part of HDR, NSF directorates and offices will also collaborate on new approaches to community data governance and research data lifecycles in alignment with NSF's Public Access Plan.

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Information Webinar held on 02/15/2019


Scientific Community Workshops

Community input is an integral part of shaping NSF's HDRBig Idea. Below are a number of workshops that have taken place in recent years.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2019; please continue to visit this site for updates about NSF’s HDR plans and investments.