NSF-NIH Interagency Initiative: Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA)

Notice Number: NOT-GM-12-109

Key Dates
Release Date:  March 29, 2012         

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/)
National Cancer Institute (NCI), (http://www.nci.nih.gov/)
National Human Genome Research Institute, (http://www.nhgri.nih.gov)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), (http://www.nibib.nih.gov/)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (http://www.nida.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/)
National Library of Medicine (NLM), (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/)


Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have identified Big Data as a program focus.  In particular, the present initiative covers the needs for core techniques and technologies for advancing big data science and engineering.  Full details on the programmatic goals and application process are described in the NSF Program Solicitation (NSF-12-499).

Description:  BIGDATA seeks applications that develop and evaluate core technologies and tools that take advantage of available collections of large data sets to accelerate progress in science, biomedical research, and engineering.  In addition, all applications must also include a description of how the project will build capacity.  Also, a project may choose to focus its science and engineering big data project in an area of national priority, but this is optional.

Each small project may receive NIH support up to $150,000 in direct funds up to 3 years, while mid-scale projects may receive NIH support ranging from $150,000 to $650,000 in direct funds up to 5 years.  In all, participating NIH Institutes have committed up to $2.75M in FY 2012 and/or 2013.   It is anticipated that NIH will pay 4 to 6 small projects and 1 to 2 mid-scale projects through the program in fiscal years 2012 and/or 2013, subject to availability of funds. 

Application submission is through the National Science Foundation. Following a jointly conducted initial peer review of these applications, likely NIH awardees will be asked to reformat their application and resubmit their application for NIH processing.
Detailed information about this program can be obtained on the Internet at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504767


Potential applicants may send inquiries to NIH Program Contacts as well as NSF contacts named in the solicitation (NSF-12-499).

Karin Remington PhD
Director, Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
 (301) 451-6446

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