NSF to Lead Federal Efforts In Big Data

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At a White House event yesterday, NSF Director Subra Suresh announced a new Big Data solicitation including a $10 million Expeditions in Computing award and awards in cyberinfrastructure, geosciences, and training.

Data are motivating a profound transformation in the culture and conduct of scientific research in every field of science and engineering,” Suresh said. “American scientists must rise to the challenges and seize the opportunities afforded by this new, data-driven revolution. The work we do today will lay the groundwork for new enterprises and fortify the foundations for U.S. competitiveness for decades to come.”

NSF released a solicitation, “Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering,” or “Big Data,” jointly with NIH. This program aims to extract and use knowledge from collections of large data sets in order to accelerate progress in science and engineering research. Specifically, it will fund research to develop and evaluate new algorithms, statistical methods, technologies, and tools for improved data collection and management, data analytics and e-science collaboration environments.

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