NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015 (NSF 15-562). Four Big Data Hubs (BD Hubs)—Midwest, Northeast, South, and West—were established, one in each of the four Census Regions of the United States. The BD Hubs provide the ability to engage local or regional stakeholders, e.g., city, county, and state governments, local industry and non-profits, and regional academic institutions, in big data research, and permit a focus on regional issues. These collaborative activities and partnerships play a critical role in building and sustaining a successful national big data innovation ecosystem. This solicitation continues the operation of a national network of BD Hubs. It builds on demonstrated strengths of the program, which has grown to include a set of BD Spokes affiliated with the BD Hubs, and is responsive to the recent developments in data science. The NSF BD Hubs program is aligned with NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. Please note that this particular solicitation is not meant to be a source of funding for new research.

The BD Hubs develop and maintain a community of stakeholders in a region through communication and outreach and through accelerating academic, industry, and community stakeholder engagement in big data and data science. The BD Hubs connect within and across regions to foster activity around big data and data science. Their specific activity in accelerating engagement falls into three general categories: programmatic activities, socio-technical services, and education and workforce training. Some of these activities serve the community, either in service of community-led activity or by working hand-in-hand with members of the community. Types of anticipated accomplishments for a given BD Hub include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Programmatic activities that accelerate academic, industry, and community stakeholder engagement in big data and data science
  • Socio-technical shared resources/services
  • Data science education and workforce development activities


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 18, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST December 18, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (up to 3 pages): Please include the following: project timeline; anticipated priorities, activities, and socio-technical services; brief evaluation plan description; brief sustainability plan description; brief description of results from prior NSF support.
  • Collaboration and Management Plan (up to 1 page): Please list the key personnel (with title, institution, and key role/responsibility), and provide a brief description of the organizational structure.
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Make sure to include the required $250,000 seed fund allocation.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6264


At least one PI or co-PI of a proposal submitted in response to this solicitation must be a PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel on one of the four currently-funded BD Hubs projects.

The PI may be affiliated with only one proposal in this competition.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may only submit one proposal.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: Up to $4,000,000.

Award Duration: 4 years

Expected Number of Awards: 4

Note: Each BD Hub must allocate $250,000 annually of its budget for seed funding for new opportunities, that is, for a Seed Fund.