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UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF-Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (NSF-17-546) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1
An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this solicitation.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1
An investigator may participate as PI or Co-PI in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation, irrespective of proposal category. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals on which an individual may serve as Senior Personnel

Program Synopsis

This BD Spokes solicitation supports Big Data activities in a specific topic area of interest to a corresponding regional BD Hub. The activities of a BD Spoke should address one or more of the following Big Data Innovation themes (with more information on each found in the full solicitation);

  1. Accelerating progress towards societal grand challenges relevant to regional and national priority areas.
  2. Helping to automate the Big Data lifecycle.
  3. Enabling access to and increasing the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets, where relevant.

In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity.

Missions and Activities

Each BD Spoke proposal must articulate a clear focus within a specific Big Data topic or application area, while highlighting its Big Data innovation theme. All BD Spokes must have clearly defined mission statements with goals and corresponding metrics of success. BD Spokes can initiate many different kinds of activities in support of their mission goals. BD Spokes are intended to convene stakeholders to augment and spawn new research efforts as opposed to directly carrying out traditional research. The goal of the program is to enhance and amplify collaborative efforts between academia, industry, and government (both national and international) focused on achieving specific mission-based goals. BD Spokes funding aims to strengthen current and past research by enabling activities that build on the findings from previously conducted research or catalyzing activities on currently funded research. For the MEDIUM proposals, it is expected that the activities listed above will lead to tangible outcomes by the end of the award period.

BD West HUB Information

BD Spokes must work in close concert with their corresponding regional BD Hub to formulate their research agendas and plan their activities. BD Spokes are expected to be action-oriented, making measurable progress towards specific goals within their topic area, using Big Data technologies. Organizations submitting proposals in response to this solicitation should have past successful experiences engaging in Big Data Innovation activities. Proposals must identify the need to be formally connected to a regional BD Hub and the reasons why accomplishing the proposed activities will not be feasible outside the BD Hubs ecosystem.

The West BD Hub thematic areas include:

  1. Metro/Urban Data Science
  2. Natural Resource Management + Natural Hazards
  3. Precision Medicine
  4. Data-Enabled Scientific Discovery and Learning
  5. Big Data Technology

(for more information see url:

NSF BD noted priority areas include:

  1. Data Analytics for Security
  2. Data-Driven Research in Chemistry
  3. Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
  4. Education
  5. Neuroscience
  6. Replicability and Reproducibility in Data Science

The areas emphasized above in no way preclude submission of proposals concerning other topics. Any topic deemed appropriate and approved by a coordinating BD Hub is welcome.

BD WEST HUB information

This region includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Coordinating Institutions: University of California-San Diego, University of Washington, University of California-Berkeley
Point of Contact:

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename:
Last name_NSF_BigDataSpoke_2017_pdf

  1. Cover page (Limit 1 ½ pages): Include the following information:
    1. Proposal title in the form: Spokes: TYPE (SMALL or MEDIUM): REGION: Title
    2. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
    3. Name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborators
    4. Project Summary: Provide a brief summary description of the project, and a succinct summary of the intellectual merit of the proposed project.
  2. Project summary (Limit 3 pages):
    1. Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the “Full Proposal Preparation Instructions-Project Description for SMALL and MEDIUM proposals” (see url above) including:
    2. Mission Statement
    3. Broader Impacts of the Proposed Work
    4. c. Technical Description
    5. Project Deliverables (MEDIUM proposals only)
    6. Roles and Responsibilities
    7. Collaboration with host BD Hub and other BD Spokes
    8. Evaluation plan
    9. Long-term sustainability (if applicable)
    10. Education
    11. Results from Prior NSF Support
  3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)
  4. Copy of either the Request for a Letter of Collaboration, or the Letter of Collaboration from the West Big Data Hub (See below):

One of the requirements of this solicitation is that all proposals must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional Big Data Hub. The deadline to request a letter of collaboration from the West Big Data Innovation Hub is June 19th, 2017(

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Monday, June 19th, 2017.Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s due dates;
No Letter of Intent required
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): September 18, 2017

The following Supplemental Documents will not be required for the internal limited submission competition, but are required for the full submission, as per the instructions listed in the full solicitation:

  1. Letters of Collaboration
  2. Data Management Plan
  3. The Software Sharing Plan
  4. Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)
  5. Project Personnel and Partner Institutions
  6. Human Subjects Protection (if applicable)
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