Midwest Big Data Hub Announced. To accelerate the emerging field of Big Data science, on Nov 2nd the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced an award of $1.5M to the five founding institutions of the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH): Univ. of Illinois, University of North Dakota, University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Iowa State University. States that makeup the MBDH region are ND, SD, MN, IA, NE, KS, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, and OH. As a founding Co-PI institution, UND will play a major role in the direction and governance of the MBDH consortium and the coordination of its research projects and outreach activities.
NSF Big Data Hub Spoke projects – Letters of Intent.
The UND Office of Research invites campus researchers to attend an informational meeting concerning NSF-16510: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes).
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In support of the four newly formed Big Data Innovation Hubs, NSF announced an additional funding opportunity, NSF-16510. This RFP makes available $10M in the form of nine $1M Spoke awards (over 3 years) and ten $100K planning awards (over 1 year) for the purpose of forming regional collaborations around Big Data. All researchers with big data projects/ideas are welcome. Additionally, applications focusing on areas such as Digital/Precision Agriculture, Health Analytics/Genomics/Bioinformatics, and Data Science/Privacy are encouraged, but no application area is off limits. Submissions to this program require the endorsement, in the form of a letter of collaboration, from a regional Big Data Hub.
The deadline for submission is fast approaching. The Office of Research is hosting the Spoke informational meeting to identify research projects that can benefit from MBDH collaboration, and encourage researchers from those projects to submit a Spoke or Planning proposal. Projects that utilize UAS/UAV technology and/or collaborate with industry/government/non-profits are especially encouraged to attend. However, the research office emphasizes that this is not a requirement. The Midwest Big Data Hub will provide endorsements for Letters of Intent (LOI) by regional collaborations. Draft letters must be submitted to MBDH by Dec 9th. Final endorsed LOI submissions are due on Jan 12. Full proposal submissions are due on February 25th. Additional funding rounds are expected in the near future. Further information on the endorsement process will be provided at the time of the informational meeting.
Questions can be sent to Aaron Bergstrom – Aaron.Bergstrom@email.und.edu
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