Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)

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.

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


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants at Duke should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 12, 2020


Eligibility Requirements

The successful awardee for this solicitation will not be eligible to submit to FY 2021 HDR Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (I-DIRSE) competitions.


Who May Serve as PI: 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.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

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.

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

One award will be made for a maximum duration of five years, subject to the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,000,000

Up to $2,000,000, dependent upon the availability of funds

Funding Type