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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC) 2019

To:Chairs and Administrators Departments in the Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:December 03, 2018
Subject: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC) NSF 19-518


Deadline for Internal Review:December 27, 2018

Project Description

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation. The HDR vision is realized via a coordinated set of program solicitations resulting in an ecosystem of interrelated activities enabling (i) research in the foundations of data science; frameworks, algorithms, and systems for data science; and data-driven research in science and engineering; (ii) advanced cyberinfrastructure; and (iii) education and workforce development—all of which are designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the data science challenge. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical data science frameworks, and apply them to practical problems in science and engineering, and in society more generally.

The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem, focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, national, and international levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society. The Data Science Corps will provide practical experiences, teach new skills, and offer teaching opportunities, in a variety of settings, to data scientists and data science students. It will also strive to promote data literacy and provide basic training in data science to the existing workforce across communities.

As a first step in establishing the Data Science Corps, this solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the Data Science Corps, by supporting student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.

Amount per Award: Awards will typically be in the range of $1,000,000 to $1,200,000
Duration of Award: 3 years
Number of Awards: 8 to 11


An individual may participate in only one proposal as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel.

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 1 application.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following:

  • Cover Page
  • CV
  • Project Overview addressing solicitation intent (5 pages)

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NSF by February 04, 2019.