New NSF Funding Solicitation
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. $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. 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.
Carolyn L. Ehardt
Program Director, Biological Anthropology