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Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research

Program Title:

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering

Synopsis of Program:

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergent research. When responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), once received the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.
NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. This solicitation will establish a group of HDR Institutes for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of research domains. The HDR Institutes will lead innovation by harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis. The HDR Institutes will support convergence between science and engineering research communities as well as expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications, and cyberinfrastructure. In addition, the HDR Institutes will enable breakthroughs in science and engineering through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches to address critical national challenges.

Anticipated Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 7

4-7 awards in FY 2021 pending availability of funds and the type, scale, and variety of project ideas proposed.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $70,000,000

Up to a total of $70 million is anticipated to be available for 4-7 five-year awards.

Award size is contingent upon the scope, scale, and complexity of the proposed project, with a minimum total budget of $10 million. The size and complexity of any individual request should be justified by the amount and complexity of the work to be accomplished, and expected impact on the research community. Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

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