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Data-Driven Discovery

Investigator Awards

For updates on the investigator competition, see below. 


Our Data-Driven Discovery Initiative seeks to advance the people and practices of data-intensive science, to take advantage of the increasing volume, velocity, and variety of scientific data to make new discoveries. Within this initiative, we’re supporting data-driven discovery investigators – individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science, coalescing natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science.

These innovators are striking out in new directions and are willing to take risks with the potential of huge payoffs in some aspect of data-intensive science. Successful applicants must make a strong case for developments in the natural sciences (biology, physics, astronomy, etc.) or science enabling methodologies (statistics, machine learning, scalable algorithms, etc.), and applicants that credibly combine the two are especially encouraged. Note that the Science Program does not fund disease targeted research.

It is anticipated that the DDD initiative will make about 15 awards at ~$1,500,000 each, at $200K-$300K/year for five years.

Download the 2-page solicitation here.

A list of frequently asked questions can be downloaded here.


Status Update on 2014 Investigator Competition

Original open call for pre-applications: (complete, Jan 15 – Feb 24)

Notices/Invites sent for full application: (complete, April 15)

Invited Full Applications: (complete, April 15 – May 13)

Notices/Invites sent for in-person talks: (July 1)

Invited talks: (July 28 & 29)  

Final award decisions communicated: (Est. early September)

Public announcement of 15 Investigators: (est. Fall 2014)

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Read more about the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative

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Sponsored by the White House, the Data to Knowledge to Action event unveiled new, high-impact collaborations among federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local governments, non-profits, and foundations.