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 New "Data-Intensive Research" Competition
Posted by: Kellina Craig-Henderson
Title/Position: Deputy Division Director
School/Organization: National Science Foundation
Sent to listserv of: SPSP, SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: February 28th, 2012

Dear Collagues

I would like to call your attention to the “Data-Intensive Research” program announcement which has just been published on the NSF web site. $5,000,000 has been set aside for this FY12 competition and the deadline for receipt of proposals is May 22, 2012.

The details of the competition are provided in NSF 12-538. However, in a nutshell: What underlies this competition is the realization that large interdisciplinary databases will play an increasingly important research role and their development should be fostered. The underlying purpose of the competition is to move SBE sciences towards this goal. A second premise is that different research communities currently stand in different positions along this developmental path. In some areas sufficient groundwork currently exists to actually proceed and develop prototype systems and relevant analytic techniques. In others, relevant communities have yet to be developed and a necessary first step involves establishing linkages and communication. The announcement is worded to extend across this entire range of possibilities. The announcement purposely does not specify a maximum award size and it is expected that these amounts will vary significantly.

It is also important to realize that this FY12 competition is designed as a first step in a multistage process. Tentatively, the SBE directorate (together with the EHR and OCI directorates) envisions a second competition at roughly the same scale in FY13 followed by a third with awards of significantly larger scale. Likely, these “larger scale” applications will develop from awards from the prior two years.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the SBE program directors associated with this activity:

Bill Badecker
John Yellen



Kellina Craig-Henderson, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230

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