New discoveries through data-driven research

Today’s scientific instruments, sensors and computer simulations are producing complex data at exponential rates, creating a virtual data deluge. Although these data represent an unprecedented resource, their size and complexity are overwhelming. What’s more, scientists are limited by current practices to extract useful information.

Effectively harnessing these large and complex scientific datasets requires fundamentally different techniques, better tools, and a new data-driven practice. These techniques are being developed by an emerging, interdisciplinary type of research called data science. 

While the research community recognizes the need for these skills, there is a critical shortage of practitioners. Science may be data-rich, but will remain discovery-poor without the institutional commitment, people-power and technology needed to mine data and reveal hidden breakthroughs. 

To help catalyze these breakthroughs, we are supporting the people who innovate around data-driven discovery with three strategies: 

  • Institutions: Data Science Environments
  • People: Investigator Awards
  • Practices: New Tools, Methods and Training
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Advancing research through support of data-driven scientists and their innovative approaches


Empowering data-driven researchers

Academic data scientists work at the intersection of scientific expertise, computational knowledge and statistical skills.
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    Apr 2013

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