Looking for collaborators in data science? The MBDH Collaboration Cafe is open!

The Collaboration Cafe is a monthly webinar open to all that is focused on building a community of data science researchers in the Midwest and beyond to explore funding opportunities and develop proposals. We are focused on elevating early-career scholars, particularly from underresourced institutions, but everyone is welcome, including participants from industry, nonprofits, and government agencies.

The Collaboration Cafe is an informal meeting, but has some structured elements during each session, including a funding opportunity walk-through, lessons learned from prior awardees, researcher lightning talks, small group discussions, and a speed-networking segment.

To tell us more about your interests, or to present at the Collaboration Cafe, please fill out the form in the sidebar.

Upcoming webinars:

February 28, 2024 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. CT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET
Topic: Research Infrastructure for Human Networks and Data Science
Solicitation:

  • • NSF Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS) (23-568)

Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director



Prior webinars:

January 31, 2024
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Littlefield, NSF Program Director, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Topic: Understanding Research Administration Capacity Challenges and Opportunities in the Midwest Region
Solicitation: NSF Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) (PD 23-221Y)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)
Research Administration Needs Assessment Poll

November 9, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, Associate Director, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH
Topic: Workforce Development for Biomedical Big Data
Solicitation: NIH Education Activities for Responsible Analyses of Complex, Large-Scale Data (R25) (RFA-DA-24-027)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

October 18, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Thomas Gulbransen, NSF Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), NSF SCIPE lead
Topic: Cyberinfrastructure Workforce Development
Solicitation: NSF Strengthening the Cyberinfrastructure Professionals Ecosystem (SCIPE) (23-521)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

September 20, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Ashok Srinivasan, NSF Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), NSF CyberTraining
Topic: Cyberinfrastructure Workforce Development
Solicitation: NSF Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining) (23-520)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

August 16, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Allison Dennis, NIH Program Officer, National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Topic: Data Science for Biomedical Discovery
Solicitation: NIH NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (R01) (PAR-23-034)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

July 19, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Adrienne Dixson, NSF Program Director, NSF INCLUDES program
Topic: Connecting Research and Teaching through the INCLUDES Network
Solicitation: NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) (22-622), with a focus on the new Network Connectors track
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)
Co-Host: Ashley Atkins | Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub

June 21, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Ann Stapleton, USDA NIFA National Program Leader for AFRI Data Science for Food and Agricultural Systems (DSFAS)
Topic: Data Innovations in Agriculture
Solicitation: USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative—Foundational and Applied Science Program (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-009755)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

May 17, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Kevin Thompson, NSF Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Topic: Building Regional CI Capacity
Solicitation: NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) (23-526)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

April 19, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Use-Inspired CI Research and Implementation
Solicitation: NSF CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) (22-509)—CCRI program now renamed as Community Infrastructure for Research in Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CIRC) (23-589): now due September 8, 2023
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

March 15, 2023
Topic: Building New Data Science Collaborations in the Midwest
Solicitation: NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN) (23-529)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

February 15, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenters: Dr. Sandhya Xirasagar, NIH Program Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Office of Genomic Data Science; and Dr. Lucia Hindorff, NIH Program Director, NHGRI Training, Diversity, and Health Equity Office
Topic: Data Science Education and Workforce Development in Genomics
Solicitation: NIH Research Experience in Genomic Research for Data Scientists (R25) (PAR-21-075)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

January 25, 2023
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Eleanor Sayre, NSF Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for STEM Education
Topic: Support for Mid-Career Researchers
Solicitation: NSF Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) (22-603)—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

November 17, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Early-Career Funding in Agriculture
Solicitation: Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program (FFAR Fellows)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

October 26, 2022
Topic: Next Steps for Collaboration on Midwest CI Workforce Development
Solicitation: NSF Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director

September 22, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Midwest Workshop on Data for Healthy, Resilient Communities
Solicitations: NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13) (PA-21-151) and AHRQ Conference Grant Programs (R13) (PA-22-238)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)
Co-Host: Dr. Kimberly Zarecor | Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University
Co-Host: Dr. Angie Raymond | Director of Ostrom Workshop Data Management and Information Governance, and Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University

August 18, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenters: Dr. Peter Atherton, NSF Program Director, POSE Program, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs; and Dr. Deepankar (Deep) Medhi, NSF Program Director, Computer & Network Systems (CNS) Division
Topic: Building Open-Source Ecosystems
Solicitation: NSF Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE) Phase II (22-572)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

July 21, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Cybersecurity & Big Data
Solicitation: NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) (22-517)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

June 16, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Juan Jenny Li, NSF Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Topic: Early-Career Funding
Solicitation: NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (22-598)—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

May 19, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Fenglou Mao, NIH Program Officer, NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)
Lightning Talk Presenter: Franco Delogu, Associate Professor of Psychology, Lawrence Technological University [Slides (pdf)]
Topic: Multidisciplinary Data Science in Health
Solicitation: NSF/NIH Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH) (NSF 21-530)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)
Co-Host: Dr. Ivo Dinov | Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan

April 21, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Building Smart and Resilient Communities
Solicitation: NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) (22-529)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

March 17, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Alan Sussman, NSF Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)
Topic: Early-Career Funding
Solicitation: NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER): Includes the description of NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (20-525)—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

February 17, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Guest Presenter: Dr. Ann Stapleton, USDA NIFA National Program Leader for AFRI DSFAS
Topic: Data in Food and Agriculture
Solicitation: USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative—Foundational and Applied Science Program—Data Science for Food and Agricultural Systems (DSFAS) program (USDA-NIFA-AFRI-007692)—DSFAS priority area due date has been changed: now due November 17, 2022
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

January 13, 2022
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Data Science Education and Workforce Development in Genomics
Solicitation: NIH Research Experience in Genomic Research for Data Scientists (R25) (PAR-21-075)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)
Co-Host: Dr. Ivo Dinov | Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan

November 18, 2021
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: AI in the Midwest
Solicitation: NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (22-502)—NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Program Webinar Video and Slides (November 16, 2021)—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

October 21, 2021
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Cyberinfrastructure Workforce Development
Solicitation: NSF Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

September 28, 2021
Presenter: John MacMullen, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub
Topic: Cyberinfrastructure
Solicitations: NSF Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) and NSF CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)—CCRI solicitation updated: now due January 11, 2022
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)