NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)

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 

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, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, CISE/OAC, 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). To engage participants across these efforts and amplify their impacts, this program solicits proposals for a nationwide HDR Coordination Hub, called HDR Central. The overarching purpose of HDR Central will be to increase the impact of the HDR Big Idea by supporting coordination and communication among all HDR projects, and by sharing HDR efforts and outcomes with the public.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT September 27, 2020

Sponsor Application Deadline: November 12, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Description (3 pages maximum): Proposals should: 1) provide a clear and concise overview of the HDR Central project’s goals and proposed activities; 2) describe specific, measurable collaboration and networking goals HDR Central will accomplish, annually and over the duration of the award, and detail the strategies for achieving these goals; 3) describe the approach(es) that will be employed to enhance impact of HDR awards through community engagement and extend the benefits to both science and society beyond the participating organizations and targeted communities; and 4) describe the approach(es) that will be employed to identify, in collaboration with awardees and with input from the HDR community, key metrics for documenting and assessing outputs, outcomes and impacts of the HDR program.
  • List of Project Personnel and Partner Organizations: Provide current, accurate information for all personnel and organizations involved in the project. This list should be numbered and include (in this order) Full name, Organization(s), and Role in the project, with each item separated by a semi-colon.
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining research costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6534/home


Principal Investigators (PIs), including co-PIs, on active HDR research awards—I-DIRSE, HDR TRIPODS Phase I, and DSC—are not eligible to serve as lead PI or co-PI for this solicitation.

An individual may serve as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel on only one HDR Central proposal. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an individual exceeds the limit, the first proposal received will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one HDR Central proposal.

Award Information and Duration

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,000,000

Duration: Up to 5 years