Harnessing the Data Revolution : Data Science Corps (DSC)

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Building Capacity for HDR


In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," ten bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. When responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted through the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (CISE/IIS), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. In 2019, the HDR Big Idea launched three parallel efforts in pursuit of these aims: Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (I-DIRSE), HDR: Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science Phase I (HDR TRIPODS Phase I), and Data Science Corps (DSC).

The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem enabling education and workforce development by focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, and national levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society. The Data Science Corps will provide practical experiences, teach new skills, and offer learning opportunities in different settings. This solicitation prompts the community to envision creative educational pathways that will transform data science education and expand the data science talent pool by enabling the participation of undergraduate and Master’s degree students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and technical maturity in the Data Science Corps. These activities are envisioned to be inherently collaborative, with a lead organization and one or more collaborating organizations.

Contact Information:

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

Program Contacts

Amarda Shehu
Program Director, CISE/IIS
ashehu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8191 CISE/IIS
Sylvia Spengler
Program Director, CISE/IIS
sspengle@nsf.gov (703) 292-7347
Christopher Stark
Program Director, MPS/DMS
cstark@nsf.gov (703) 292-4869 MPS/DMS
Paul Tymann
Program Director, EHR/DUE
ptymann@nsf.gov (703) 292-2832 EHR/DUE
Cheryl L. Eavey
Program Director, SBE/SES
ceavey@nsf.gov (703) 292-7269 SBE/SES
Kevin Chou
Program Director, ENG/CMMI
ychou@nsf.gov (703) 292-8360 ENG/CMMI
Colleen Strawhacker
Program Director, GEO/OPP
colstraw@nsf.gov (703) 292-7432 GEO/OPP

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