The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the new solicitation, Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes).
The solicitation (NSF 17-546) has been revised, and it is recommended that it be reviewed carefully. This is a limited submission call – submitting organization may submit only one proposal; and, investigators may serve as PI or co-PI on only one (1) proposal. Per the solicitation:
“Proposal submissions are limited to 1 per organization (except as non-lead in a collaborative proposal) to maintain a balanced geographic representation of the Regional Hubs and Spokes program and to increase diversity of participating institutions.”
“An investigator may participate as PI or Co-PI in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation, irrespective of proposal category. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals on which an individual may serve as Senior Personnel.”
NSF requires a Letter of Collaboration from a regional Big Data Hub for any proposal responding to this solicitation. Requests for Letters of Collaboration may be submitted via the web-based Submission form for Big Data Hub Letters of Collaboration
Request to MBDH for Letter of Collaboration: June 19, 2017
NSF proposal due date: September 18, 2017
If you wish to request a Letter of Collaboration:
1. Determine the Hub to which your project is associated. This is determined by the institution of the lead Principal Investigator. For example, if the lead PI on a collaborative Spoke proposal is based in Virginia, then a letter of collaboration would be needed from the South Big Data Hub (no matter the locations of other collaborators).
MIDWEST: This region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NORTHEAST: This region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
SOUTH: This region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
WEST: This region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
2. To request a letter of collaboration from the Midwest Big Data Hub, please complete the form at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1939781
3. Submitted forms will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Hub reviews will focus on “fit and feasibility.” That is, we will consider how a given project fits or aligns with the thematic or priority areas in our region, and the feasibility of the proposed collaboration with the Hub based on available resources. NSF priority areas listed in the Solicitation are welcome, but not limiting in the scope of projects that will be considered. In other words, all current Hub Spoke and Ring areas and suggestions for projects in new areas will also be welcome.
We anticipate that NSF will release an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the solicitation by early summer. Following the publication of the FAQ, we will hold a webinar to summarize the program and answer questions from the community.
Please send questions via email to: email@example.com with any questions about submissions.
Contact information for the other Big Data Hubs
Midwest: firstname.lastname@example.org | midwestbigdatahub.org
South: email@example.com | southbigdatahub.org
West: firstname.lastname@example.org | westbigdatahub.org
Northeast: email@example.com | http://nebigdatahub.org