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Annual Meeting, Spokes Letter of Collaboration Q&A and more

As always, we greatly appreciate your help spreading the word to increase participation across each West Region state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). To help us grow our community, please forward this note widely and tell your colleagues to join our mailing list!

On behalf of the WBDIH leadership team and our growing network of collaborators, thank you for your continued interest, support, and enthusiasm. Hope to see or hear from you soon!


MeredithMeredith M. Lee, Ph.D. | Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub |

Save the Date: Deadlines + Local Meetings

  1. June 14-15  West Hub Leadership Office Hours: Q&A about Spokes Letters of Collaboration   online ( for details)

  2. June 19  Deadline to request NSF Spokes Solicitation Letter of Collaboration

  3. July 14  #DataSciStories Workshop and Training co-hosted with AAAS and the South Hub    Washington DC

  4. Sept 18   Proposals for NSF Spoke Solicitation due to NSF

Big Data Spokes FY2018 Solicitation Announced

As mentioned in previous newsletters, the NSF Big Data Spokes Solicitation for FY2018 is now online.

The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  1. Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (see our thematic and cross-cutting areas on our website and captured in our West Hub At-a-Glance summary, and look to our website for additional guidance soon about other hubs’ areas and NSF FAQs);

  2. Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and

  3. Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant. NSF’s overall Big Data R&D portfolio includes fundamental research, infrastructure development and provisioning, education and workforce development, and community engagement.  Not all of these aspects of the overall portfolio are covered by this solicitation. In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. NEW FOR THIS SOLICITATION: There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: SMALL and MEDIUM BD Spokes. As was the case for the first BD Spoke solicitation, NSF notes that all proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. We look forward to assisting Big Data Spoke proposal development by helping coordinate our region’s response and by identifying potential partnerships to strengthen our region’s proposals. More details about the Form to Request Letters of Collaboration (due June 19, 2017) in advance of the NSF Sept. 18, 2017 deadline is at, and please feel free to contact us at


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