University of Southern California


NSF-20-600: Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                            Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A

External Deadline:                            November 12, 2020

Award Information:                         Type: Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Amount: $2,000,000

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. 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.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)



The overarching objectives of HDR Central are to coordinate communication and resource sharing among all HDR-funded projects, broaden the impact of HDR awards across science and engineering research and education, and share HDR efforts and outcomes with the public.

To accomplish these objectives, HDR Central will enhance communication, collaboration and networking within the HDR community and support its expansion; promote national and international visibility of HDR projects, activities, and outcomes; and lead efforts to develop and evaluate metrics for assessing impacts of NSF’s HDR activities. HDR Central will develop and execute plans to meet the above objectives with input from the HDR community.

In pursuit of the objectives above, HDR Central will perform the following critical functions.

  1. Collaboration and Networking. The HDR ecosystem concept is founded on the premise that the collective impacts of individual projects will be amplified through interactions among the NSF-funded HDR projects. HDR Central will promote collaboration and networking within the HDR community. It is expected this will be accomplished through a combination of activities (e.g., by organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and events) and providing online collaboration spaces and opportunities for HDR PIs and other stakeholders.
  2. Extensive Engagement. The breadth and persistence of HDR impacts are dependent on the extensibility of the research and data science outcomes generated by the individual awards. HDR Central will coordinate and publicize activities of and for funded HDR projects, extending the benefits to both science and society beyond the participating organizations and targeted communities. Examples of this work include facilitation of research coordination, outreach activities, and activities to broaden the engagement of HDR with the wider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities.
  3. Measuring Impact. HDR Central will seek to understand and articulate the scientific benefits and broader impacts of the HDR ecosystem. It will work with the HDR community to define metrics for success and promote efforts to enhance impact through community engagement.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.