- June 14-15: Open Office Hours Q&A with West Hub Leadership (details at bit.ly/BDHubsCal — please note the time zone)
- June 19th, 2017: Deadline to request a letter of collaboration from the Big Data Hubs. Earlier submissions will receive letters earlier. See the Submissions section below for more information about submitting your request. Proposals should then be sent to the host institution of the PI, which is responsible for selecting one to submit to the NSF. Per the solicitation:
- An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this 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.
- July 1, 2017: Anticipated date by which all West Big Data Innovation Hub Letters of Collaboration will have been provided. If you need a Letter before July 1, due to your institutional processes, please note this on the form and also let us know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
- July through August: The West Hub Leadership Team will be available to discuss hub-and-spoke collaboration ideas and details. Please note that our Letters of Collaboration will only include the language,”If the proposal submitted by Dr. [insert the full name of the Principal Investigator] entitled [insert the proposal title] is selected for funding by NSF, it is my intent to collaborate and/or commit resources as detailed in the Project Description or the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal.” We encourage the proposal writers to include all relevant details about hub-spoke collaborations — how the Spoke relates to existing and emerging BDHub activities, the sharing of resources and infrastructure, and the relationship with the BDHub Steering Committee — in the Project Description submitted to NSF.
- September 18th, 2017: Deadline to submit full Spoke proposals to NSF, which must include the letter of collaboration from a Big Data Hub.
FAQ updated 6/16/2017
1. What Hub does my proposal fall under?This is determined by the institution of the lead Principal Investigator. i.e. If the lead PI on a collaborative proposal is from Virginia Tech the proposal would be submitted to the South 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. Do you have the Google Form fields for the Request for LOC viewable all at once?
Yes! See the PDF view of the whole form that shows all the questions: West LOC request.
3. What if our team would like to collaborate across regional hubs?
NSF guidelines allow a proposal team to seek a Letter of Collaboration from another hub, provided there is justification for doing so. You may also obtain multiple Letters of Collaboration from more than one hub, if there reason to do so. Please note that all Spoke proposals must indicate one primary coordinating Hub.
4. What if our team is not selected through our institution’s Limited Submission process?
You are still eligible to submit a revised proposal to NSF through another institution. Please keep us informed and we will be happy to revise a Letter of Collaboration and revisit hub/spoke collaboration ideas as needed.
5. What about Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC) participation?
The NSF Spokes Solicitation notes, “”NSF welcomes proposals that include for-profit organizations or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). However, such organizations may only participate as subawardees or unfunded collaborators.” A relevant section of the NSF PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/pappg_1.jsp#IE7) also notes, “Other Federal Agencies– NSF does not normally support research or education activities by scientists, engineers or educators employed by Federal agencies or FFRDCs. Under unusual circumstances, other Federal agencies and FFRDCs may submit proposals directly to NSF. A proposed project is only eligible for support if it meets one or more of the following exceptions, as determined by a cognizant NSF Program Officer:
- Special Projects. Under exceptional circumstances, research or education projects at other Federal agencies or FFRDCs that can make unique contributions to the needs of researchers elsewhere or to other specific NSF objectives may receive NSF support.
- National and International Programs. The Foundation may fund research and logistical support activities of other Government agencies or FFRDCs directed at meeting the goals of special national and international research programs for which the Foundation bears special responsibility, such as the US Antarctic Research Program.
- International Travel Awards. In order to ensure appropriate representation or availability of a particular expertise at an international conference, staff researchers of other Federal agencies may receive NSF international travel awards.
6. What are the West Hub’s thematic areas / areas of focus and priority?As noted in the Form, our focus areas are (in no particular order):
- Metro/Urban Data Science: including but not limited to Smart Cities, Transportation, Housing, Safety, Criminal Justice, Economic Development
- Natural Resource Management + Natural Hazards: including but not limited to Water, Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Sustainability, Disaster Response
- Precision Medicine: including but not limited to Diagnostics, Treatment, Prevention, Outcomes, Genomics, Environment/Exposome
- Data-Enabled Scientific Discovery and Learning: including but not limited to Open Science and Reproducibility, Education, Workforce Development
- Big Data Technology