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FYI: Community and Infrastructure Planning for Data-Intensive Research


Author: Bill Badecker

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: Community and Infrastructure Planning for Data-Intensive Research

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to call your attention to the “Data-Intensive Research”
program announcement which has just been published by the Social,
Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) on the NSF web site
[http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?
pims_id=504747&org=SBE&from=home]. $5,000,000 has been set
aside for this FY12 competition and the deadline for receipt of
proposals is May 22, 2012. The potential benefit for many of our areas
of research is great, but the timing is tight. We hope that you will
consider spreading the word within your respective communities and
encouraging relevant individuals/groups to submit.

The details of the competition are provided in NSF 12-538
[http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12538/nsf12538.pdf]. What underlies
this competition, in a nutshell, is the realization that large
interdisciplinary databases will play an increasingly important research
role and that SBE should nurture their development. The underlying
purpose of the competition is to move SBE sciences towards this goal
by encouraging communities:

-to develop visions for next-generation data and the specific areas of
research that these data would enable;

-to build research and management teams for the integration of
research, data, and data infrastructure, including automated and other
analysis tools; and

-to prototype aspects of a proposed next-generation infrastructure.

A second premise is that different research communities currently
stand in different positions along this developmental path. In some
areas sufficient groundwork currently exists to actually proceed and
develop prototype systems and relevant analytic techniques. In others,
relevant communities have yet to be developed and a necessary first
step involves establishing linkages and communication. The
announcement is worded to extend across this entire range of
possibilities. The announcement purposely does not specify a
maximum award size and it is expected that these amounts will vary
significantly.
This FY12 competition is designed as a first step in a multistage
process. Tentatively, SBE—together with contributors in the Directorate
of Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Office of Cyber
Infrastructure (OCI)—envisions a second competition at roughly the
same scale in FY13 followed by a third with awards of significantly
larger scale. Likely these “larger scale” applications will develop from
awards from the prior two years.

If you have questions, please contact either of the two BCS contacts for
the announcement: Bill Badecker or John
Yellen .

Bill Badecker and Joan Maling
Linguistics Program Officers
SBE/BCS

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