Deadline: January 19, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: The National Science Foundation


The National Science Foundation is accepting letters of intent (LOI) for Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (TRIPODS). This program aims to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities.  PI teams must collectively possess appropriate expertise in all of the three relevant disciplines. It is anticipated that in most cases this requirement will be met by assembling teams of three or more individuals. Phase I awards are intended to allow teams to develop capacity and demonstrate the ability to scale activities for full Institute operations by operating as smaller Institutes. While novel approaches are encouraged, it is anticipated that traditional center-like activities will be common, including but not limited to (in no particular order):

  • integration of research and education including the definition and development of data science curricula;
  • workforce development strategies in the emerging field of data science;
  • short- and medium-term collaborative gatherings of leading and early-career scientists;
  • longer-term visits;
  • participation in research activities by and professional training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and
  • direction-setting for research agendas

Due Date:  The required letter of intent submission window is 1/4/17-1/19/17.  The full proposal submission window is 3/1/17-3/15/17.  Approximately two years after Phase I awards are made, a solicitation for Phase II proposals for larger Institutes is anticipated. 

Funding: Up to $500,000 per year. 

Duration: 3 years

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