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Leading Cloud Providers Join with NSF to Support Data Science Frontiers

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by Angela Guess

A recent press release states, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing nearly $30 million in new funding for research in data science and engineering through its Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) program. NSF’s awards are paired with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, which have each committed up to $3 million in cloud resources for relevant BIGDATA projects over a three-year period, beginning with this year’s awards. A key goal of this collaboration is to encourage research projects to focus on large-scale experimentation and scalability studies.”

The release goes on, “The BIGDATA program funds novel research in computer science, statistics, computational science and mathematics that seeks to advance the frontiers of data science. The program also supports work on innovative applications that leverage data science advances to enhance knowledge in various domains, including the social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, physical sciences, and engineering. Data used in research originate from a variety of disparate sources, including scientific instruments, social media, transactions, machine-generated information from the Internet of Things (IoT), administrative systems and large-scale simulations. BIGDATA-enabled innovations will provide new insights derived from the growing wealth of data in myriad fields, leading to improved problem-solving and real-time decision-making.”

Read more at EurekAlert.

Photo credit: NSF

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