Грант на $3 млн для ученых, занимающихся Data Science


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National Science Foundation, совместно с Microsoft, объявили о гранте для исследователей, занимающихся разработкой в области науки о данных и работой с большими данными.

Участников приглашают поучаствовать в двух категориях: Основы (Foundations), сосредоточив внимание на основах вычислительных технологий с широким применением больших данных; и Инновационные приложения (Innovative applications) основной целью которых является сочетание базовых наук и дисциплин, обрабатывающими большие данные и занимающиеся моделированием.

Это сотрудничество основывается на предыдущих совместных работах между Microsoft и NSF. Так как Azure добавила значительные функциональные возможности и ресурсы в последние годы, в том числе крупные инвестиций в проекты с открытым исходным кодом. Совсем недавно, Microsoft выделил дополнительные $ 3 млн в облачном эквиваленте на NSF для поддержки Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs & Spokes (BD Hubs & Spokes).

От участников требуется выложить проект по одной или нескольким направлениям, а именно биология (BIO), Компьютерная и информационная наука и техника (CISE); Образование и человеческие ресурсы (EHR); Инжиниринг (ENG); Математические и физические науки (MPS), Прикладные математические науки (DMS); Социальная, поведенческая и экономическая науки (SBE).

Кроме того, проекты, запрашивающие доступ к облачным ресурсам обязаны включать детальный план пользования облачным пространством, количество и тип хранения данных, вычислительные ресурсы, сетевые ресурсы или облачные сервисы, которые уже оплачивают создатели проекта. Microsoft является одним из поставщиков облачного пространства для проектов NSF BIGDATA, которые финансируются.

Минимальный запрос облачных ресурсов для любого проекта BIGDATA равен 100 000 $. Участники, которые запрашивают облачные ресурсы от Microsoft могут вычислить ожидаемое облачное пространство через Azure-калькулятор.

National Science Foundation предполагает вручить порядка $ 26,5 млн, рассчитанных  на 27-35 проектов.
Облачные гранты будут вручаться создателям проектов в период с 15 по 22 марта 2017 г.

Для получения подробных инструкций обратитесь к  NSF Program solicitation 17-534
Исследователи могут представить свои проекты через Grants.gov или FastLane системы NSF.
Участники должны иметь гражданство США.

 

Comments (1)

  1. Да, Microsoft активно сотрудничает с NSF и Regional Data Hubs Program, но данный грант для российской аудитории не подходит по Eligibility Criteria (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf08_1/gpg_1.jsp):

    "E. WHO MAY SUBMIT PROPOSALS

    NSF welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists, engineers and educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to participate fully in its programs. In accordance with Federal statutes, regulations and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF, although some programs may have special requirements that limit eligibility.

    Scientists, engineers and educators usually initiate proposals that are officially submitted by their employing organization. Before formal submission, the proposal may be discussed with appropriate NSF program staff. Graduate students are not encouraged to submit research proposals, but should arrange to serve as research assistants to faculty members. Some NSF divisions accept proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants when submitted by a faculty member on behalf of the graduate student.

    Categories of Proposers

    Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals:

    Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) located and accredited in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions. Institutions located outside the US fall under paragraph 6. below.

    Non-profit, non-academic organizations - Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the US that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

    For-profit organizations - US commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious. NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both universities and the private commercial sector.

    State and Local Governments - State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.

    Unaffiliated Individuals - Scientists, engineers or educators in the US and US citizens may be eligible for support, provided that the individual is not employed by, or affiliated with, an organization, and:

    the proposer has demonstrated the capability and has access to any necessary facilities to carry out the project; and

    the proposer agrees to fiscal arrangements that, in the opinion of the NSF Division of Grants & Agreements, ensure responsible management of Federal funds

    Unaffiliated individuals should contact the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission.

    Foreign organizations - NSF rarely provides support to foreign organizations. NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving US and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only for the US portion of the collaborative effort.

    Other Federal agencies - NSF does not normally support research or education activities by scientists, engineers or educators employed by Federal agencies or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Under unusual circumstances, other Federal agencies and FFRDCs may submit proposals directly to NSF. A proposed project is only eligible for support if it meets one or more of the following exceptions, as determined by a cognizant NSF Program Officer:

    Special Projects. Under exceptional circumstances, research or education projects at other Federal agencies or FFRDCs that can make unique contributions to the needs of researchers elsewhere or to other specific NSF objectives may receive NSF support.

    National and International Programs. The Foundation may fund research and logistic support activities of other Government agencies or FFRDCs directed at meeting the goals of special national and international research programs for which the Foundation bears special responsibility, such as the U.S. Antarctic Research Program.

    International Travel Awards. In order to ensure appropriate representation or availability of a particular expertise at an international conference, staff researchers of other Federal agencies may receive NSF international travel awards.
    Proposers who think their project may meet one of the exceptions listed above should contact a cognizant NSF Program Officer before preparing a proposal for submission. In addition, a scientist, engineer or educator who has a joint appointment with a university and a Federal agency (such as a Veterans Administration Hospital, or with a university and a FFRDC) may submit proposals through the university and may receive support if he/she is a bona fide faculty member of the university, although part of his/her salary may be provided by the Federal agency. Preliminary inquiry should be made to the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission."

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