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Data-Driven Discovery

Investigator Awards

Thank you for your interest in the Investigator Award competition. The pre-application phase is now closed. Invitations to submit a full application will be sent in mid-April. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact



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.


Read more about the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative

Read more about the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative's Data Science Environments

Watch the data science partnership announcement (courtesy of NSF):


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.